Tuesday, August 28th 2012

AMD Hires John Gustafson as Chief Graphics Product Architect

AMD announced today that the visionary behind Gustafson's Law, John Gustafson, has joined the company as senior fellow and chief product architect, Graphics Business Unit. In this role, Gustafson will set the technical vision for the AMD graphics business unit, driving the technology roadmap and platform for the AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro product lines as well as new technology planning and execution of business objectives. Gustafson will be based in Sunnyvale and will help evangelize AMD graphics leadership internally and externally.

"Our industry-leading graphics technology predicates that we consistently deliver the most differentiated and superior graphics processor unit (GPU) architectures and products -- without compromise," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics. "With the growing importance of parallel compute in defining the computing experience, John brings the full package of industry experience and knowledge needed to help us expand and execute our AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro graphics technology programs, and will help forge an aggressive long-term roadmap that allows AMD to continue to lead and win with our gaming and virtualization technologies."

Gustafson is a 35-year veteran of the computing industry. He joins AMD from Intel, where he headed the company's eXtreme Technologies Lab, conducting cutting-edge research on energy-efficient computing and memory, as well as optical, energy and storage technologies. Prior to that, he served as CEO at Massively Parallel Technologies and CTO at ClearSpeed Technology, a high-performance computing company. Gustafson has also held key management and research positions at numerous companies including Sun Microsystems, Ames Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

In 1988, Gustafson wrote Reevaluating Amdahl's Law to address limitations of Amdahl's Law, which models the maximum potential performance improvement from parallel processing. Gustafson proved that processors working in parallel can solve larger problems, marking a change in how the industry viewed parallel processing. Today, Gustafson's Law is widely accepted among academia as the standard for parallel processing education.

"I look forward to working with my teams to expand the AMD graphics technology roadmap," said Gustafson. "The next decade will serve as a watershed era for GPUs in graphics rendering power and compute capabilities, creating the opportunity for multi-teraFLOPS APUs. In terms of raw performance, the evolution of discrete graphics has far exceeded that of the CPU, and the programmable characteristics of today's GPUs have thrown open a door that could very well see it rival the CPU as the most critical element of computer performance in the near future."

Gustafson holds both a master's and a doctorate degree in applied mathematics from Iowa State University, and a bachelor's degree in the same from the California Institute of Technology. He also holds numerous patents and has authored an extensive array of technical publications.
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22 Comments on AMD Hires John Gustafson as Chief Graphics Product Architect

#1
Benetanegia
It's good to hear that AMD is not only letting the smart guys go and is getting some in too.
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#2
Freedom4556
Whoever buys AMD needs to start poaching people from Intel or AMD's CPU business is going to wind up like VIA.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Freedom4556
Whoever buys AMD needs to start poaching people from Intel or AMD's CPU business is going to wind up like VIA.
Naah they are far from that. Quite far.
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#5
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
me gusta, me gusta me gustafson?
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#7
Phusius
John Gustafson from Grumpy Old Men movie? lul xD
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#8
KissSh0t
This is a very interesting guy for AMD to hire...
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#9
3870x2
by: KissSh0t
This is a very interesting guy for AMD to hire...
Seeing performance coming from intel since the Core2 technology, even the janitors are prospects.
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#10
AvonX
This is bad news, did you guys even read what it says?
Now they are going to ruin the amd graphics cards as well.
The messed up the cpus, now the graphics as well.
AMD is pretty much dead now and Management is awful.
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#11
KissSh0t
by: AvonX
This is bad news, did you guys even read what it says?
Now they are going to ruin the amd graphics cards as well.
The messed up the cpus, now the graphics as well.
AMD is pretty much dead now and Management is awful.
Do you know who John Gustafson is?

I think it will be very interesting to see what he does for AMD considering what he has done up until now.
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#12
theoneandonlymrk
by: AsRock
IBM one fucked that they were frigging crap and ran frigging hot.
is that how i sound drunk,,,,:p

great cyrix read , cheers seronx

OT, sounds like a good appointment to me.:)

by: AvonX
This is bad news, did you guys even read what it says?
Now they are going to ruin the amd graphics cards as well.
The messed up the cpus, now the graphics as well.
AMD is pretty much dead now and Management is awful.
easily excited arent you, i thought you had completely changed your mind yesterday from above but regarding APU's then your buying ten a bit later and amd's fine, now youve changed your mind again and there fecked, probably survive this quake mate imho.
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#13
faramir
by: AvonX
This is bad news, did you guys even read what it says?
Now they are going to ruin the amd graphics cards as well.
The messed up the cpus, now the graphics as well.
AMD is pretty much dead now and Management is awful.
Wow, you sure don't know what you're babbling about ... not.
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#14
AvonX
Get real guys and stop lying to yourselves. You know it that AMD is done and finished.
They just come at AMD to get the huge paychecks, that's all.
Easy money for them and they don't have to be under pressure cause the stupid management don't have very high expectations anyway. I would of done it as well if i was in their shoes.
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#15
Xzibit
by: AvonX
Get real guys and stop lying to yourselves. You know it that AMD is done and finished.
They just come at AMD to get the huge paychecks, that's all.
Easy money for them and they don't have to be under pressure cause the stupid management don't have very high expectations anyway. I would of done it as well if i was in their shoes.
Wonder how you feel about Nvidia ?

Two quarter in a row it has lost sales and market share to AMD. Going by the numbers quater to quater AMD only lost thousand units where Nvidia lost in the million units sold.

Guess everyone is just collecting paychecks :rolleyes:
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#16
KissSh0t
by: AvonX
Get real guys and stop lying to yourselves. You know it that AMD is done and finished.
They just come at AMD to get the huge paychecks, that's all.
Easy money for them and they don't have to be under pressure cause the stupid management don't have very high expectations anyway. I would of done it as well if i was in their shoes.
And here I was thinking I was talking to another adult with at least a little understanding of what he was talking about.

I guess I was wrong :twitch:
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#17
AvonX
by: KissSh0t
And here I was thinking I was talking to another adult with at least a little understanding of what he was talking about.

I guess I was wrong :twitch:
You need to grow up.
I do understand what is going on very well thank you.
But i don't need to waste time to go into that much detail with you. Ill pass...
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#18
Prima.Vera
I wont sing the Funeral March for AMD just yet. Relax. Each company has its up and downs. AMD is still getting strong on GPU business, and form all rumors out there, it seems that the next generation AMD cards will trash nvidia by a fair margin. Again just rumors. But without rumors, where all the fun would be? ;)
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#19
Damn_Smooth
They hired somebody from Intel to head their graphics division? And this is a good thing?
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#20
AvonX
by: Damn_Smooth
They hired somebody from Intel to head their graphics division? And this is a good thing?
I think the fuckup and this unacceptable release of Bulldozer was an inside job.
Some were getting paid to make sure Bulldozer would fail. Its the only way that this could be explained. :laugh: To release a chip which is slower than your previous line of processors raises some very big questions.
And now we have an ex intel guy on the team? :laugh:
I heard of something a few days ago but i don't remember names and stuff. That some guy who worked at intel he took some secret arc papers and designs with him before he left from intel to give them to AMD.
What a load of crap. Now these idiots invite an intel guy to give all the info about AMD graphics back to Intel.
This management at AMD is so clever it is unbelievable. :roll:
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#21
Damn_Smooth
by: AvonX
I think the fuckup and this unacceptable release of Bulldozer was an inside job.
Some were getting paid to make sure Bulldozer would fail. Its the only way that this could be explained. :laugh: To release a chip which is slower than your previous line of processors raises some very big questions.
And now we have an ex intel guy on the team? :laugh:
I heard of something a few days ago but i don't remember names and stuff. That some guy who worked at intel he took some secret arc papers and designs with him before he left from intel to give them to AMD.
What a load of crap. Now these idiots invite an intel guy to give all the info about AMD graphics back to Intel.
This management at AMD is so clever it is unbelievable. :roll:
I was more confused because of the fact that Intel really hasn't proven to be a company that knows jack shit about graphics. But hell, let's throw a conspiracy on there too. I don't see why not.
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#22
AvonX
by: Damn_Smooth
I was more confused because of the fact that Intel really hasn't proven to be a company that knows jack shit about graphics. But hell, let's throw a conspiracy on there too. I don't see why not.
They left the guy who lead AMD graphics slip away from them because he did not agree with them on how graphics should be done and that is why he left. He did not want to mess up with his reputation. You will see AMD graphics going to hell as well in time.
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