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Intel-Apple-AMD-Tesla Chip Architect Jim Keller Joins AI Startup Tenstorrent

Jim Keller, one of the leading names in HPC, AI and data center chip architecture, has landed at a Toronto hardware startup developing AI chips after a two-year stint at Intel that ended “for personal reasons,” according to the company, last June. Keller has been named president, chief technology officer and a board member of Tenstorrent, which said in its announcement that Keller “will lead Tenstorrent’s efforts to be the hardware solution needed to address Software 2.0….

Tenstorrent Ships Grayskull High Performance AI Processor

Canadian startup Tenstorrent has launched its new Grayskull high performance AI processor. According to the company, Grayskull provides a substantial performance and power efficiency advantage over all existing inference solutions to date, and enables machine learning platforms that offer multiple levels of inference performance compared to all other inference solutions, in a cost effective manner. “Grayskull delivers significant baseline performance improvements on today’s most widely used machine learning models, like BERT, ResNet-50 and others, while opening up orders of magnitude gains using conditional execution on both current models and future ones optimized for this approach.”