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The Global Advisory Board is a prestigious group of individuals with extensive experience in the AI technology industry. This group is responsible for guiding the innovation and development of the AI Hardware and Systems Series.

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Author:

Andrew Feldman

Co-Founder & CEO
Cerebras Systems

Andrew is a co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, a venture-backed stealth-mode startup located in Los Altos, California. He leads a team of phenomenal people with a track record of building products that profoundly changed the largest markets in tech.
Prior to co-founding Cerebras Systems, he was co-founder and CEO of SeaMicro. SeaMicro (acquired by AMD for $355 million) was the pioneer in low power server technology. SeaMicro changed the trajectory of the server industry by inventing the high density, lower power, microserver category.
Prior to co-founding SeaMicro, he was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Force10 (acquired by Dell for $800 Million) Networks, and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Corporate Development for Riverstone Networks (NASDAQ: RSTN) from inception through IPO.
Andrew holds a B.A. and MBA from Stanford University.

Andrew Feldman

Co-Founder & CEO
Cerebras Systems

Andrew is a co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, a venture-backed stealth-mode startup located in Los Altos, California. He leads a team of phenomenal people with a track record of building products that profoundly changed the largest markets in tech.
Prior to co-founding Cerebras Systems, he was co-founder and CEO of SeaMicro. SeaMicro (acquired by AMD for $355 million) was the pioneer in low power server technology. SeaMicro changed the trajectory of the server industry by inventing the high density, lower power, microserver category.
Prior to co-founding SeaMicro, he was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Force10 (acquired by Dell for $800 Million) Networks, and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Corporate Development for Riverstone Networks (NASDAQ: RSTN) from inception through IPO.
Andrew holds a B.A. and MBA from Stanford University.

Author:

Lip-Bu Tan

Executive Chairman
Cadence

Mr. Lip-Bu Tan is a Co-Founder, Partner, Managing Director, and Chairman of Walden International. Mr. Tan serves as Executive Chairman of Cadence Design Systems Inc., and as Chairman on the Board of SambaNova Systems, Inc. Mr. Tan also serves on the Boards of Softbank and Schneider Electric. Until late 2021, Mr Tan served as Chief Executive Officer at Cadence Design Systems Inc. since January 2009, serving as its President from January 2009 to November 2017. Lip-Bu focuses on semiconductor/components, cloud/big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Lip-Bu holds a B.S. in Physics from Nanyang University in Singapore, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. 

Lip-Bu Tan

Executive Chairman
Cadence

Mr. Lip-Bu Tan is a Co-Founder, Partner, Managing Director, and Chairman of Walden International. Mr. Tan serves as Executive Chairman of Cadence Design Systems Inc., and as Chairman on the Board of SambaNova Systems, Inc. Mr. Tan also serves on the Boards of Softbank and Schneider Electric. Until late 2021, Mr Tan served as Chief Executive Officer at Cadence Design Systems Inc. since January 2009, serving as its President from January 2009 to November 2017. Lip-Bu focuses on semiconductor/components, cloud/big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Lip-Bu holds a B.S. in Physics from Nanyang University in Singapore, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. 

Author:

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner
B Capital Group

Rashmi Gopinath is a General Partner at B Capital Group where she focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. She brings over two decades of experience investing and operating in enterprise technologies. She led B Capital’s investments in Synack, Innovaccer, Yalo and Armory. Ms. Gopinath was previously a Managing Director at M12, Microsoft's venture fund, where she led investments globally in the enterprise space. At M12, Ms. Gopinath sat on several Boards including Synack, Innovaccer, Contrast Security, Paxata, UnravelData, Incorta, among others. Prior to M12, Ms. Gopinath was an Investment Director with Intel Capital where she was involved in the firm’s investments in startups including MongoDB, ForeScout, Maginatics, BlueData, among others. Ms. Gopinath held operating roles at high-growth startups such as BlueData and Couchbase where she led global business development and product marketing roles. She began her career in engineering and product roles at Oracle and GE Healthcare. Ms. Gopinath earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Engineering from University of Mumbai in India.

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner
B Capital Group

Rashmi Gopinath is a General Partner at B Capital Group where she focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. She brings over two decades of experience investing and operating in enterprise technologies. She led B Capital’s investments in Synack, Innovaccer, Yalo and Armory. Ms. Gopinath was previously a Managing Director at M12, Microsoft's venture fund, where she led investments globally in the enterprise space. At M12, Ms. Gopinath sat on several Boards including Synack, Innovaccer, Contrast Security, Paxata, UnravelData, Incorta, among others. Prior to M12, Ms. Gopinath was an Investment Director with Intel Capital where she was involved in the firm’s investments in startups including MongoDB, ForeScout, Maginatics, BlueData, among others. Ms. Gopinath held operating roles at high-growth startups such as BlueData and Couchbase where she led global business development and product marketing roles. She began her career in engineering and product roles at Oracle and GE Healthcare. Ms. Gopinath earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Engineering from University of Mumbai in India.

Author:

Karl Freund

Founder & Principal Analyst
Cambrian AI Research

Karl Freund is the founder and principal analyst of Cambrian AI Research. Prior to this, he was Moor Insights & Strategy’s consulting lead for HPC and Deep Learning. His recent experiences as the VP of Marketing at AMD and Calxeda, as well as his previous positions at Cray and IBM, positions him as a leading industry expert in these rapidly evolving industries. Karl works with investment and technology customers to help them understand the emerging Deep Learning opportunity in data centers, from competitive landscape to ecosystem to strategy.

 

Karl has worked directly with datacenter end users, OEMs, ODMs and the industry ecosystem, enabling him to help his clients define the appropriate business, product, and go-to-market strategies. He is also recognized expert on the subject of low-power servers and the emergence of ARM in the datacenter and has been a featured speaker at scores of investment and industry conferences on this topic.

Accomplishments during his career include:

  • Led the revived HPC initiative at AMD, targeting APUs at deep learning and other HPC workloads
  • Created an industry-wide thought leadership position for Calxeda in the ARM Server market
  • Helped forge the early relationship between HP and Calxeda leading to the surprise announcement of HP Moonshot with Calxeda in 2011
  • Built the IBM Power Server brand from 14% market share to over 50% share
  • Integrated the Tivoli brand into the IBM company’s branding and marketing organization
  • Co-Led the integration of HP and Apollo Marketing after the Boston-based desktop company’s acquisition

 

Karl’s background includes RISC and Mainframe servers, as well as HPC (Supercomputing). He has extensive experience as a global marketing executive at IBM where he was VP Marketing (2000-2010), Cray where he was VP Marketing (1995-1998), and HP where he was a Division Marketing Manager (1979-1995).

 

Karl Freund

Founder & Principal Analyst
Cambrian AI Research

Karl Freund is the founder and principal analyst of Cambrian AI Research. Prior to this, he was Moor Insights & Strategy’s consulting lead for HPC and Deep Learning. His recent experiences as the VP of Marketing at AMD and Calxeda, as well as his previous positions at Cray and IBM, positions him as a leading industry expert in these rapidly evolving industries. Karl works with investment and technology customers to help them understand the emerging Deep Learning opportunity in data centers, from competitive landscape to ecosystem to strategy.

 

Karl has worked directly with datacenter end users, OEMs, ODMs and the industry ecosystem, enabling him to help his clients define the appropriate business, product, and go-to-market strategies. He is also recognized expert on the subject of low-power servers and the emergence of ARM in the datacenter and has been a featured speaker at scores of investment and industry conferences on this topic.

Accomplishments during his career include:

  • Led the revived HPC initiative at AMD, targeting APUs at deep learning and other HPC workloads
  • Created an industry-wide thought leadership position for Calxeda in the ARM Server market
  • Helped forge the early relationship between HP and Calxeda leading to the surprise announcement of HP Moonshot with Calxeda in 2011
  • Built the IBM Power Server brand from 14% market share to over 50% share
  • Integrated the Tivoli brand into the IBM company’s branding and marketing organization
  • Co-Led the integration of HP and Apollo Marketing after the Boston-based desktop company’s acquisition

 

Karl’s background includes RISC and Mainframe servers, as well as HPC (Supercomputing). He has extensive experience as a global marketing executive at IBM where he was VP Marketing (2000-2010), Cray where he was VP Marketing (1995-1998), and HP where he was a Division Marketing Manager (1979-1995).

 

Author:

Yvonne Lutsch

Investment Principal
Bosch Ventures

Yvonne is an Investment Principal at Robert Bosch Venture Capital’s (RBVC) affiliate office located in Sunnyvale, responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments for RBVC in North America in deep tech fields like Machine Learning/AI, Edge Computing, Industrial IoT, Mobility, Quantum Computing, or Sensors. She is an investor / non-executive board member at RBVC’s portfolio companies InSyte Systems, Syntiant, Zapata Computing, and UltraSense Systems. Prior to this position Yvonne was Director of Technology Scouting and Business Development for Bosch Automotive Electronics building up an Innovation Center for the division in North America. Prior to that, Yvonne held different leadership positions in Quality Management, Operations and Engineering in Automotive and Consumer Electronics with Bosch in Germany. Yvonne received a diploma in Experimental Physics from University of Siegen, Germany, and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Yvonne Lutsch

Investment Principal
Bosch Ventures

Yvonne is an Investment Principal at Robert Bosch Venture Capital’s (RBVC) affiliate office located in Sunnyvale, responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments for RBVC in North America in deep tech fields like Machine Learning/AI, Edge Computing, Industrial IoT, Mobility, Quantum Computing, or Sensors. She is an investor / non-executive board member at RBVC’s portfolio companies InSyte Systems, Syntiant, Zapata Computing, and UltraSense Systems. Prior to this position Yvonne was Director of Technology Scouting and Business Development for Bosch Automotive Electronics building up an Innovation Center for the division in North America. Prior to that, Yvonne held different leadership positions in Quality Management, Operations and Engineering in Automotive and Consumer Electronics with Bosch in Germany. Yvonne received a diploma in Experimental Physics from University of Siegen, Germany, and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Author:

Kunle Olukotun

Co-founder and Chief Technologist
SambaNova Systems

Kunle Olukotun is Cadence Design Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He founded Afara Websystems, acquired by Sun in 2002. He is a Pioneer of Chip Multiprocessor Designs, Director of the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab, and Co-leader of the Data Analytics for What’s Next (DAWN) research program.

In 2017 Olukotun and Chris Ré founded SambaNova Systems. SambaNova Systems has developed a disruptive next-generation computing platform to power machine learning and data analytics.

Kunle Olukotun

Co-founder and Chief Technologist
SambaNova Systems

Kunle Olukotun is Cadence Design Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He founded Afara Websystems, acquired by Sun in 2002. He is a Pioneer of Chip Multiprocessor Designs, Director of the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab, and Co-leader of the Data Analytics for What’s Next (DAWN) research program.

In 2017 Olukotun and Chris Ré founded SambaNova Systems. SambaNova Systems has developed a disruptive next-generation computing platform to power machine learning and data analytics.

Author:

Cliff Young

Software Engineer
Google Brain

Cliff Young

Software Engineer
Google Brain

Author:

Marc Tremblay

Distinguished Engineer
Microsoft

Marc Tremblay

Distinguished Engineer
Microsoft

Author:

Victoria Rege

Director of Alliances & Strategic Partnerships
Graphcore

Victoria has over a decade of experience in the semiconductor space. She currently heads up Strategic Partnerships at Graphcore, working with key customers and leading Research & Universities AI engagements. Previously she held several leadership positions at NVIDIA from global alliances, product marketing and campaigns to the founding of the GPU Technology Conference. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Victoria worked in the hedge fund space, as Executive Director for the Hedge Fund Business Operations Association. Victoria is a frequent contributor to ACM SIGGRAPH and is Immersive Chair for the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference. She's also an active member of the Consumer Technology Association's AI Working Group.

Victoria Rege

Director of Alliances & Strategic Partnerships
Graphcore

Victoria has over a decade of experience in the semiconductor space. She currently heads up Strategic Partnerships at Graphcore, working with key customers and leading Research & Universities AI engagements. Previously she held several leadership positions at NVIDIA from global alliances, product marketing and campaigns to the founding of the GPU Technology Conference. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Victoria worked in the hedge fund space, as Executive Director for the Hedge Fund Business Operations Association. Victoria is a frequent contributor to ACM SIGGRAPH and is Immersive Chair for the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference. She's also an active member of the Consumer Technology Association's AI Working Group.

Author:

Cheng Wang

Co-Founder & SVP, Architecture & Engineering
Flex Logix

Originally from Shanghai, PRC.  Cheng has led the architecture, silicon implementation and software development for eFPGA over multiple generations from 180nm-16nm and now AI inferencing development at Flex Logix. Two years as VLSI designer at Zoran. BSEECS, UC Berkeley.  MSEE, EE PhD UCLA: designed 5 FPGA chips from 90nm to 40nm. 2013 Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award. 2014 ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper. Multiple patents at UCLA and Flex Logix.

Cheng Wang

Co-Founder & SVP, Architecture & Engineering
Flex Logix

Originally from Shanghai, PRC.  Cheng has led the architecture, silicon implementation and software development for eFPGA over multiple generations from 180nm-16nm and now AI inferencing development at Flex Logix. Two years as VLSI designer at Zoran. BSEECS, UC Berkeley.  MSEE, EE PhD UCLA: designed 5 FPGA chips from 90nm to 40nm. 2013 Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award. 2014 ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper. Multiple patents at UCLA and Flex Logix.

Author:

Rick Merritt

Staff Writer
NVIDIA

Rick Merritt

Staff Writer
NVIDIA

Author:

Jimmy Pike

SVP & Senior Fellow, Servers and Infrastructure Systems
Dell EMC

Jimmy D. Pike is a Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow at Dell EMC and serves as a senior system architect and technologist in the office of Dell’s Server and Infrastructure System’s CTO. In addition to his duties as an “at large” technologist, he focuses on high-performance computing, machine learning, and edge computing.

A longtime industry figure with more than 50 patents, Jimmy has served in various executive and technology roles:
• An analyst at the analyst firm of Moor Insights & Strategy
• Chief Architect of Dell’s Enterprise Solutions group and HPC lead technologist
• Chief Architect and Technologist for Dell’s Data Center group.

Jimmy has as also served in various other leadership roles at Intel, AT&T, NCR, and Harris Corporation.

Jimmy Pike

SVP & Senior Fellow, Servers and Infrastructure Systems
Dell EMC

Jimmy D. Pike is a Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow at Dell EMC and serves as a senior system architect and technologist in the office of Dell’s Server and Infrastructure System’s CTO. In addition to his duties as an “at large” technologist, he focuses on high-performance computing, machine learning, and edge computing.

A longtime industry figure with more than 50 patents, Jimmy has served in various executive and technology roles:
• An analyst at the analyst firm of Moor Insights & Strategy
• Chief Architect of Dell’s Enterprise Solutions group and HPC lead technologist
• Chief Architect and Technologist for Dell’s Data Center group.

Jimmy has as also served in various other leadership roles at Intel, AT&T, NCR, and Harris Corporation.

Author:

Sailesh Kottapalli

Senior Fellow, Chief Architect, Datacenter Processor Architecture
Intel

Sailesh Kottapalli is an Intel Senior Fellow and the chief architect of data center processor architecture in the Silicon Engineering Group. He leads a team of architects responsible for developing the architecture of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Atom™ server product lines as well as the overall compute solutions strategy for datacenter segment. He also leads a cross-organizations effort in driving the technology leadership on the Interconnect pillar. Kottapalli joined Intel in 1996 as a design engineer working on the first Intel® Itanium® processor, then code-named “Merced.” Subsequently, he served as lead engineer for several Intel Itanium and Intel Xeon processor evaluations, and more recently, as lead architect for a series of Intel Xeon server processors. His work in this area earned Kottapalli an Intel Achievement Award for delivering record generational performance improvements in a high-end server product. An active participant in industry and internal conferences, Kottapalli has authored or co-authored several published technical papers, delivered talks and taken part in roundtables and panel discussions. He has also been granted approximately three dozen patents in processor architecture, with additional patents pending. Kottapalli holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Andhra University in India and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.

Sailesh Kottapalli

Senior Fellow, Chief Architect, Datacenter Processor Architecture
Intel

Sailesh Kottapalli is an Intel Senior Fellow and the chief architect of data center processor architecture in the Silicon Engineering Group. He leads a team of architects responsible for developing the architecture of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Atom™ server product lines as well as the overall compute solutions strategy for datacenter segment. He also leads a cross-organizations effort in driving the technology leadership on the Interconnect pillar. Kottapalli joined Intel in 1996 as a design engineer working on the first Intel® Itanium® processor, then code-named “Merced.” Subsequently, he served as lead engineer for several Intel Itanium and Intel Xeon processor evaluations, and more recently, as lead architect for a series of Intel Xeon server processors. His work in this area earned Kottapalli an Intel Achievement Award for delivering record generational performance improvements in a high-end server product. An active participant in industry and internal conferences, Kottapalli has authored or co-authored several published technical papers, delivered talks and taken part in roundtables and panel discussions. He has also been granted approximately three dozen patents in processor architecture, with additional patents pending. Kottapalli holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Andhra University in India and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.

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