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Nvidia Signs On Cray Exec As New Tesla CTO

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Cray Inc. executive Steve Scott will be joining Nvidia's Tesla business unit as CTO.

Wednesday Nvidia said that longtime Cray Inc. executive Steve Scott will be signing on as chief technology officer (CTO) for Nvidia's Tesla business unit. According to the company, Scott will be responsible for the overall Tesla roadmap and architecture.

"There are few people on the planet that have Steve's deep system level understanding of high performance computing," said Bill Dally, Nvidia's chief scientist. "Steve's decision to join Nvidia is a resounding endorsement that GPU accelerated computing is the future of HPC. He will play a central role in architecting the world's most powerful supercomputers."

The 45-year-old ex-Cray executive spent the last six years of his nineteen-year tenure as Cray Inc.'s senior vice president and CTO, and was responsible for defining the supercomputer company's technology and system architecture roadmap. He also currently holds 27 U.S. patents in the areas of interconnection networks, processor micro architecture, cache coherence, synchronization mechanisms and scalable parallel architectures... AKA a big win for Nvidia's patent portfolio.

In addition to his achievements at Cray Inc., Scott was the recipient of the 2005 ACM Maurice Wilkes Award and the 2005 IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

Wednesday Nvidia did not indicate exactly when Scott will take the Tesla CTO throne. "Tesla is rapidly becoming a fundamental technology in accelerated high performance computing and is expected to be the cornerstone in the race to exascale," the company said in a press release.

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    wintermint , August 11, 2011 11:45 PM
    How about more info about keplar?
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    renz496 , August 12, 2011 2:28 AM
    wintermintHow about more info about keplar?

    we should hear more about it around Q1 2012 if things goes well on nvidia side.
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    yukijin , August 12, 2011 2:56 AM
    i misread the title as "Nvidia Signs On CRAZY Exec As New Tesla CTO"
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    davewolfgang , August 12, 2011 3:16 AM
    I went in and saw and sat on the first Cray! (My uncle worked for them until he retired!)
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    memadmax , August 12, 2011 6:20 AM
    Oooooh, this is good.
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    memadmax , August 12, 2011 6:23 AM
    Would've been better if AMD got this guy, but meh...
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    BulkZerker , August 12, 2011 8:43 AM
    About time Nvidia stops BSing itself and uses it's monolithic GPUs like it should. As cores for eh next gen Cray supercomputer where they belong. Not in our gaming/home systems.
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    renz496 , August 12, 2011 8:49 AM
    memadmaxWould've been better if AMD got this guy, but meh...

    why would he?
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    Hotobu , August 12, 2011 12:05 PM
    ...he actually... looks crazy. Look at those eyes.
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    jgutz2006 , August 12, 2011 3:11 PM
    Kind of resembles Conan.... heha
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    Zagen30 , August 12, 2011 10:39 PM
    yukijini misread the title as "Nvidia Signs On CRAZY Exec As New Tesla CTO"

    Me too. Who would qualify as an executive so crazy that it could be stated objectively in a news article?
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    verbalizer , August 12, 2011 10:52 PM
    can he also help the manufacturing and die shrinking process.?
    c'mon already..
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    Gman450 , August 14, 2011 7:11 AM
    Does anyone hear about Tesla these days ?