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15 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
#22: Problems with SMT in the Cloud
Naren Nayak and Mahesh Madhav discuss the challenges of simultaneous multi-threaded cores and why single-threaded cores deliver predictable performance, better security, and lower TCO for cloud computing.
25 minutes | May 31, 2022
#21: Ampere Strategy and 2022 Roadmap Update
Hear Ampere executives and cloud providers discuss the future of cloud computing with the Ampere® Altra® processor family, as well as key customers sharing their enthusiasm for these products. Renee James, Founder and CEO Jeff Wittich, Chief Product Officer Learn more about Ampere at https://www.amperecomputing.com
28 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
#20: Ensuring Cloud Customer Success with HW/SW Optimizations (Naren Nayak)
Naren Nayak is the Director of Application Engineering in the product solutions team at Ampere Computing, working on enabling customers to get the most out of Ampere Altra and Altra Max SoCs. He shared insights on what cloud service providers are looking for in their hyperscale installations, and the techniques Ampere uses to ensure our products meet the stringent demands of cloud software. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com/
38 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
#19: Building Blocks of an SoC (Matt Erler)
Matt Erler is a Principal Engineer in the architecture team at Ampere Computing, working on SoCs and coherency protocols. We chatted about how we choose whether to build our own IP or license externally, competitive benchmarking, how our team flourishes from the creation of a psychologically safe working environment, and how we welcome a diverse crew of engineers through small things like writing inclusive technical documentation and a collaborative culture. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com/
43 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
#18: Breaking Away From Legacy Architectures (Richard Shannon)
Richard Shannon is a Distinguished Engineer in the architecture team at Ampere Computing, working on SoC and interconnects. We sat down and talked about the kinds of problems cloud service providers are looking to solve and how Ampere addresses that market. We also chat about what an SoC architect actually does and how we mentor the next generation of CPU architects. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com/
32 minutes | May 15, 2021
#17: Ampere Strategy and 2021 Roadmap Update
Hear Ampere executives and cloud providers discuss the future of cloud computing with Ampere® Altra and Altra Max, and exciting new developments on our product roadmap. Renee James, Founder and CEO Atiq Bajwa, Chief Technology Officer Jeff Wittich, Chief Product Officer Learn more about Ampere at https://www.amperecomputing.com
45 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
#16: Building Cloud Native CPUs (Renee James)
Renee James is the founder and CEO of Ampere Computing. In this interview, she shares her motivations behind starting a new semiconductor company, and how the new Altra processor was designed for cloud software. Learn more about our Altra and Altra Max processors at www.amperecomputing.com.
28 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
#15: Demystifying the Product Life Cycle (Tony D'Anna)
Tony D'Anna is the Director of Technical Program Management at Ampere Computing. Tony returned to the studio to share the life cycle of the Ampere Altra SoC product, from power-on to customer shipments and ongoing support. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com/
8 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#14: Enriching the Software Ecosystem
In 2021, Ampere is leading in software though building community, fostering technical partnerships, ensuring open-source performance, and seeding the next generation of engineers in cloud. Hear our software leaders speak about enabling the cloud software ecosystem. We are joined by Amar Dhamdhere, Peter Kessler, Travis Lazar, Peter Pouliot, and [not pictured] William Freelove, Mauri Whalen, Shiv Kaushik. Learn more about our Altra and Altra Max processors at www.amperecomputing.com.
37 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
#13: Designing a Server Motherboard (Tony D'Anna)
Tony D'Anna is the Director of Technical Program Management at Ampere Computing. We sat down with Tony to discuss the design and buildout of motherboards for the Altra product line. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com/
50 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
#12: Sharing Engineering Stories (Mahesh Madhav)
Christen turns the mic around and interviews Mahesh, and gets him to open up about his journeys in the technical and creative realms, and how he teases out stories from the employees at Ampere Computing.
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
#11: Verifying a CPU Design (Stacey and Kalpana)
In this episode, Stacey Ross and Kalpana Kothapally share the art and science of design verification, the methodology of finding bugs in hardware designs before tape-out, before silicon. There is a particular mindset that DV engineers must take, to root out problems in designs, and the techniques they use have direct analogies to software quality control. Hear what it takes to become a great DV engineer!
53 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
#10: Validating Hardware with Software at Scale
In this episode, William Freelove and Travis Lazar take to the mics to discuss the importance of DevOps in a small company, the prevalent use of open source tools in our workflow, and how Ampere is efficiently validating hardware and software. Travis also coins a new term (CIDR) and explains how continuous* methodologies improve software quality.
24 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
#8: Deploying Bare Metal Ampere Servers (Jacob Smith)
Jacob Smith is a co-founder of Packet, a cloud service provider delivering access to a variety of hardware solutions to facilitate incremental growth and automation. Packet offers developers a bare-metal experience of cloud technologies and automation, while still maintaining the benefit of fast moving silicon through frequent platform refresh. Mahesh Madhav is a performance engineer at Ampere Computing, and helps developers connect with hardware to squeeze the most out of their Ampere Altra systems. Ampere's partnership with Packet brings hyperscale technology to non-hyperscalers, and proves opportunity for diverse architectures to thrive.
35 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
#9: Solving Software Problems by Diving in Head First (Mauri Whalen)
Something special happened at Ampere when our interns took over the studio to interview their mentors! In this episode, Christen Cannon and Brita Hill (PSU) invite Mauri Whalen to chat about how she got into computing, the obstacles she overcame, and the tradeoffs she was forced to make. Mauri shares inspirational stories of sneaking around late at night to get computer access, and how she continues to throw caution to the wind by diving head first into challenging software problems.
11 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
#7: Experiencing Ampere through a Summer Internship
Four interns from our 2019 summer class take over the studio and share thoughts on working at Ampere. Thanks go to Kat Thompson (Reed), Anthony Faubert (Washington), Brita Hill (Portland State), and Mayur Parelkar (Carnegie Mellon). Cheers to a great learning experience! Summer 2022 applications are now online at our careers website. If you join, you can also produce a podcast!
43 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
#6: Engineering a New Microarchitecture (Jon Perry)
Something special happened at Ampere when our interns took over the studio to interview their mentors! In this episode, Tony Faubert (UWashington) invites Jon Perry to chat about his origin story into engineering and CPU design. Jon is a Senior Principal Engineer at Ampere, and he speaks on the group dynamics of a small team, building technical culture, and how diversity of thought is beneficial when crafting a new core microarchitecture. Tony shares his experience as an intern in the performance team, and the mind-boggling freedom he was given to explore and contribute to our upcoming processor this past summer.
50 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
#5: Including All Voices in the Workplace (Annie Duong)
Something special happened this summer at Ampere when our interns came into the studio to interview their mentors! Great conversations ensued as we chatted about our career paths. In the first of this series, Kathy Thompson (Reed College) invites Annie Duong to share her story on getting into engineering. Annie is a Senior Design Manager at Ampere, and she speaks on how to push one another to achieve your best, encouraging psychological safety at work, creating a post-gender culture, and what she thinks about during her long-distance runs.
59 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
#4: Fostering Trustful Relationships (Shiv Kaushik)
How important is it to cultivate great customer relationships? As engineers shift employers, we find ourselves working with former colleagues in fresh roles. Shiv Kaushik is an Ampere Fellow, working at the boundary between Architecture and Software. We sat down with Shiv to learn about the importance of customer relationships, his career path spanning the boundary between hardware and software, and his video gaming habits.
56 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
#3: Building a World-Class Design Team (Sean Mirkes)
John and Mahesh sit down with Sean Mirkes, the VP of Logic Development. We have a candid discussion on career transitions, and Sean's role in building out a world-class organization on a foundation of personal growth, technical mentorship, and inclusivity of thought. Learn more about Ampere at www.amperecomputing.com.
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