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Legendary processor designer Jim Keller leads Canadian startup Tenstorrent.

Published: 2023-01-20

A little over a year ago, Jim Keller, remembered by all experts in the history of the computer industry for a number of successful processor architectures, took three positions at once in the young Canadian company Tenstorrent: in addition to being a member of the board of directors, he acted as president and technical director. Now he has been offered the post of general director, which was given to Jim by the founder of the company, Ljubiša Bajič.

This is how Jim Keller himself explained this personnel reshuffle: “My friend Ljubisa Bajic and I decided to switch roles in order to ensure the company's further growth and offer the market processors and accelerators of artificial intelligence systems that will be able to shoulder computing tasks of the next generation.” At the same time, Keller promised, due to several achievements at once this year in his new post, "to make quite a few heads turn in our direction."

Jim Keller is considered to be an Intel veteran, although he had worked at both Apple and Tesla, and AMD gave the first generation of the Zen architecture, which it brought to the market without his participation, but was able to develop to a state conducive to its current commercial success. Canadian company Tenstorrent, now led by Jim Keller, specializes in the development of solutions for artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, and last year it announced work on the creation of high-performance central processing units with the RISC-V architecture. In addition to offices in the US and Canada, it has offices in the British Cambridge, Indian Bangalore and the Serbian capital of Belgrade, with which the company is linked by the origin of its founder. Another native of AMD works in the management of Tenstorrent - this is David Bennett, who manages customer relations.