Intel Creates Accelerated Computing and Software Business Units

Chip giant Intel said this afternoon it would create two new business units, an accelerated computing and graphics systems group and an advanced software and technologies group.

The former will focus on high-performance computing as well as graphics technology, while the latter “will lead Intel’s vision for software,” the company said.

Former VMware CTO Greg Lavender will lead the new software unit, while Raja Koduri, Intel’s vice president who led the company’s GPU strategy, will become head of the accelerated computing unit.

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Raja Koduri, a longtime industry veteran who previously worked at Advanced Micro Devices and Apple, will become head of a new Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics business unit.

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Additionally, Intel said veteran networking business unit Sandra Rivera will leverage the company’s data center products, including Xeon chips and field-programmable gate arrays.

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Finally, Nick McKeown, an Intel principal researcher who came to the company with Intel’s 2019 acquisition of its startup, Barefoot Networks, will lead the chipmaker’s networking efforts starting next month.

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Sandra Rivera, who led Intel’s networking products, will lead a new Datacenter and AI unit, responsible for Xeon server chips, but also directing all of Intel’s AI strategy.

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The company combines its networking efforts with its Internet of Things business unit and connectivity group into a single organization known as the Network and Edge Group.

The appointments follow the appointment of Pat Gelsinger as CEO in January this year and a promise to revamp and revive the company’s dwindling chipmaking efforts.

Intel faces increasing pressure from rival Advanced Micro Devices, which has taken market share in PC and server microprocessors, and from Nvidia, which is now targeting Intel’s Xeon dominance with a server processor. promised called “Grace”.

Said Gelsinger in prepared remarks, “By putting Sandra, Raja, Nick and Greg – with their decades of technological expertise – at the forefront of some of our most essential work, we will sharpen our focus and execution, accelerating innovation and unleashing the deep well of talent across the business.”

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