Stuart Pann in for IFS, Raja Koduri Out for GPUs
Combining a press release with a series of tweets from CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel announced a key leadership change in the company this afternoon. This impacts both the Intel Found Services (IFS) and Graphics/Accelerators business segments. In short, IFS has gained new leadership, and Intel GPU guru and chief his architect Raja Koduri is leaving the company for a new job.
First and foremost, Intel is announcing today. press release They promoted Stuart Pang to the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel Foundry Services. Pann succeeds Dr. Randhir Thakur, who was IFS’ first president. Thakur announced late last year He resigned from the position and was set to leave Intel at the end of March, so I expected Intel to appoint a new IFS head before the end of the month.
Meanwhile, Mr. Pang is a long-time Intel employee with a track record both inside and outside the company, most recently returning to Intel in 2021 to serve as Senior Vice President, Chief Business Transformation Officer, and General Manager of Intel’s Business Planning Group. I am serving Intel credits him as one of the key organizers behind Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy (and Intel’s internal foundry model).
Pann’s background is broadly on the business side. Although he has his EE degree, his time at Intel is spent more on business management and corporate planning than working within his group at Intel’s fab. This is a notable change from Dr. Thakur, who had an extensive background in fab engineering before moving into leadership roles. That said, given that IFS’ success is partly dependent on its ability to attract external customers (rather than just developing advanced fab technology in-house), Intel is more likely to be in business. Appointing an experienced leader is not at all surprising. A growing fab business.
Intel Graphics Guru Raja Koduri Departs for AI Software Startup
In addition to Dr. Thakur’s departure from Intel, it turns out that another major leadership change will take place. As first revealed in CEO Pat Gelsinger’s tweet, Raja Koduri will be leaving Intel at the end of this month. Koduri, who has been famous in the graphics business for decades, most recently he was the chief of his GPU/accelerator business at Intel where he was the architect and before that he was at Intel where he was Accelerated He was the General Manager of the Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG).
thank you @RajaXg For his many contributions to Intel technology and architecture, especially high-performance graphics that helped bring three new product lines to market in 2022. I wish you success in creating your new software company. About generative AI for games, media and entertainment.
— Pat Gelsinger (@PGelsinger) March 21, 2023
Koduri joined Intel (from AMD) in 2017 and is a cornerstone of Intel’s latest efforts to grow its GPU and accelerator business. In addition to various flavors of Intel’s Xe graphics architecture and resulting products such as the Data Center GPU Max series (Ponte Vecchio) and Arc A series video cards, Koduri also oversees the concurrent development of Intel’s oneAPI software stack. I’ve been It’s a software development platform that’s been expertly crafted for Intel’s GPUs, while also putting Intel’s entire software development effort behind a single, unified API and toolset (literally, one API). integrate into
While Intel is still working to establish a foothold within the GPU space, there have been some changes to the AXG business unit itself, which has impacted Koduri’s position within the company. Koduri said he was in charge of AXG until December 2022, when Intel announced it. Split AXG into separate consumer and data center/AI groups, placed under Intel’s Client Computing Group and Dataceter and AI Group respectively. After that split, Koduri returned to his role as chief architect for Intel’s GPUs, accelerators, and their fusion with Intel’s traditional CPU offerings.
According to a tweet published by Koduri in response to Gelsinger’s initial announcement, Raja has announced that it will be moving into a software startup focused on generative AI for games, media and entertainment. “We’ll be sharing a lot more in the coming weeks,” Koduri says, but broadly speaking, this is a computer that’s good for someone who’s deeply immersed in graphics and AI. It seems like
thanks pat @ Intel For many cherished memories and incredible learning over the last 5 years. As you can see below, I’m doing a software startup and embarking on a new chapter in my life. We will be sharing a lot more in the coming weeks. https://t.co/8DcnNdso3r
— Raja Koduri (Bali Makaradhwaja) (@RajaXg) March 21, 2023
Still, it will be interesting to see how this impacts Intel’s GPU and accelerator efforts. Raja Koduri has been a driving force behind his GPU efforts at Intel for the past six years, and has made a big impression on his efforts in both the consumer and data center spheres. Intel is about to get its chart-topping exascale-class GPU-based supercomputer in its near-finished Aurora system, and Intel’s consumer discrete GPU shipments are already close to AMD’s. increase. All of these are projects supervised by Koduri.
At the same time, however, Koduri’s resignation has brought disruption to Intel’s GPU efforts. In addition to last year’s restructuring, Intel canceled Ponte Vecchio’s successor, the Rialto Bridge, earlier this month. That cancellation delayed Intel’s data center GPU follow-up plans by about two years. Because the next product will be Falcon Shores in 2025. Therefore, 2023 is proving to be a time of great transition for Intel, both in terms of their product stack. And their GPU leadership.