Today we are talking to Mark Papermaster, the CTO at AMD. And we discuss what it takes to stay ahead of competition in a hyper competitive space, a preview of what is to come with their Zen3 Architecture, and how open and candid conversations are the foundation of a healthy culture
All of this, right here, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!
Mark Papermaster is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering at AMD and is responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory and advanced research. He led the re-design of engineering processes at AMD and the development of the award-winning “Zen” high-performance x86 CPU family, high-performance GPUs and the company’s modular design approach, Infinity Fabric. He also oversees Information Technology that delivers AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.
His more than 35 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products, from microprocessors to mobile devices and high-performance servers. Before joining AMD in October 2011 as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, the organization responsible for silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses. He
served as Apple Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for iPod and iPhone hardware development. He also held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM overseeing development of the company’s key microprocessor and server technologies.
Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from the University of Vermont, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a long-term member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, Olin College Presidents Council and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Most recently, he was appointed to the CTO Forum Advisory Board and IEEE Industry Advisory Board.
For nearly 50 years, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play.
- How Mark got involved with technology and decided to make it a career
- AMD in the business of Super Computers. Applicable uses and what the future holds.
- AMD’s storied history of Innovation. How to create a culture that thrives in an innovative environment and what it’s like to stay ahead of the curve in a hyper competitive industry.
- Exciting technology as it pertains to heterogenous computing. Marrying traditional CPUs with GPUs to create one processor that can do both.
- Thoughts on the new Zen 3 architecture and RDNA 2 Graphics cards
- Leadership lessons learned over his career prior to joining AMD
- How Mark got involved with AMD
- Wrap up with thoughts and challenges to the listeners to think about the dialog that is occurring. Use technology for god to enable people to be productive and effective