SambaNova appoints Poonacha Kongetira as vice president of hardware


PALO ALTO, Calif., September 15, 2021 – SambaNova Systems, a company that develops advanced software, hardware and services to run AI applications, today announced the appointment of Poonacha Kongetira as vice president of hardware to further support the ever-growing widespread adoption of machine learning across all enterprises with SambaNova’s extensible AI services platform, Dataflow-as-a-Service.

Poonacha Kongetira

Kongetira joins the existing hardware development team, bringing over 25 years of experience in the development and application of microprocessor technologies. The team will further lead the AI-specific hardware and software co-design for SambaNova’s Dataflow-as-a-Service, expanding the adoption of the service as a go-to solution for businesses, thereby increasing corporate initiatives. machine learning. Dataflow-as-a-Service solves major challenges for organizations by eliminating high upfront costs and solving problems for organizations suffering from a lack of ML expertise and limited availability of Data Scientists.

Kongetira hails from Google, where he led a team of engineers developing custom silicon accelerators for machine learning, video transcoding, and data center infrastructure. He also ran NVIDIA’s Bangalore Design Center for Mobile Chips and GPUs with a team of over 800 engineers. Kongetira was one of the first members of the management team to develop the first Niagara processor at Afara, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems and ultimately Oracle.

“I am delighted to join SambaNova working with the best in the industry and to rediscover the familiar faces of a talented team that has led the transition from single-core to multi-core processors with Niagara,” said Poonacha Kongetira, vice president hardware at SambaNova. “Armed with SambaNova’s reconfigurable Data Flow architecture and Data Flow as a Service, we have the unique opportunity to establish this unparalleled technology as the industry standard for machine learning and data processing. scientific applications, just like we did with Niagara and apply the vision of machine learning and AI to business.

Kongetira joins SambaNova’s experienced management team, which provides engineers with opportunities to work with industry leaders. SambaNova’s depth of expertise in the industry is unmatched, with Prabhdeep Singh joining the company as Vice President of Software Development last week, and the addition of Marketing Director Amy Love and Board Member advisory Wade Shen, both of whom joined the company in July.

“Poonacha joins a team of talented executives and I am delighted to welcome him and work with him again,” said Rodrigo Liang, co-founder and CEO of SambaNova. “As we strive to put the power of Dataflow-as-a-Service into the hands of customers around the world, Poonacha has the unique experience necessary to advance technology as a choice for businesses as they are expanding their machine learning and AI initiatives. “

With AI becoming a business necessity in the global economy, customers need complete AI solutions that can operate at scale in a financially viable manner. With a complete integrated system, including cutting-edge AI models, software and hardware, SambaNova delivers the world’s most extensive, accessible, and impactful AI applications, unleashing AI for everyone, everywhere.

SambaNova’s flagship product, Dataflow-as-a-Service, an extensible AI services platform, enables organizations to launch AI initiatives overnight by increasing existing capacity and staff with a simple subscription. The platform is powered by DataScale, an integrated software and hardware platform offering unmatched performance, accuracy, scale and ease of use, built on the reconfigurable data flow architecture of SambaNova Systems.

About SambaNova Systems

AI for everyone, everywhere. SambaNova Systems is an AI innovation company that empowers organizations to confidently deploy the best computer vision, natural language processing, recommendation, and AI solutions for science. SambaNova’s flagship offering, Dataflow-as-a-Service, helps organizations rapidly deploy AI within days, unlocking new revenue and improving operational efficiency. SambaNova’s DataScale is an integrated software and hardware system using a reconfigurable data flow architecture, as well as open standards and user interfaces. Based in Palo Alto, California, SambaNova Systems was founded in 2017 by industry leaders and hardware and software design experts from Sun / Oracle and Stanford University. Investors include SoftBank Vision Fund 2, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Intel Capital, GV, Walden International, Temasek, GIC, Redline Capital, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Celesta and several others. For more information, please visit us at sambanova.ai or contact us at [email protected]


Source: SambaNova Systems

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