According to industry reports and company insiders, Sun has lost one its top CPU architects. Marc Tremblay has been with the company for over 18 years and was currently leading Sun’s next generation Sparc development team. According to the New York Times, Tremblay left Sun for Microsoft. Considering his pedigree as a core CPU designer, its somewhat unclear what Tremblay will do for the software behemoth. The article also mentions quite a few other heavyweights inside the walls of Sun’s development team.
Among other talented but lesser known senior engineers, Balint Fleischer, a former chief technologist in Sun’s storage group and a lead architect of its Infiniband strategy, is apparently no longer at Sun. In addition, Les Kohn who designed early Sparc processors and returned as part of a startup acquisition to define its Niagara processors also returned to the startup world a few years ago.
The high technology/HPC industry is certainly an interesting place to be at the moment. With recent acquisition announcements, bankruptcies and retirements; there are quite a few folks moving around these days. For more info, read the full article here.