Gelsinger splits out HPC, software into new Intel divisions

Gelsinger splits out HPC, software into new Intel divisions

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By Nick Flaherty

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is restructuring the company to address the growth of software, high performance computing (HPC) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Since re-joining Intel, I have been impressed with the depth of talent and incredible innovation throughout the company, but we must move faster to fulfill our ambitions,” said Gelsinger.

Breaking out the software activity into a separate division returns to a previous structure. This will be led by a new Chief Technology Officer, Greg Lavender, who was previously CTO of VMware under Gelsinger.

Having the CTO as general manager of the new Software and Advanced Technology Group highlights the drive to make software a competitive differentiator for the company. The changes also show the increasing importance of the IoT and high performance computing (HPC) and the data centre in the face of challenges from the ARMv9 and RISC-V chip designs.  

As part of the changes, Intel’s Data Platform Group (DPG) will be restructured into two new business units, one to focus on AI and the other on the Internet of Things (IoT). The previous general manager, Navin Shenoy, will leave the company.


Sandra Rivera will move from an HR role to run the Datacentre and AI division that includes thew the Xeon processor and field programmable gate array (FPGA) product lines. She will also drive the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.

Before her role as Intel’s chief people officer, she led Intel’s Network Platforms Group.

Nick McKeown will re-join Intel to take over as senior vice president and general manager of a new Network and Edge Group that combines the Network Platforms Group, Internet of Things Group and Connectivity Group into a single business unit. He was a part-time Intel Senior Fellow who joined the company with its 2019 acquisition of Barefoot Networks, which he co-founded.

Raja Koduri will move to another new business unit, the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group (AXG). This will focus on high performance computing and graphics for laptops, servers and the data centre. He was previously Intel’s general manager of Architecture, Graphics and Software.

“By putting Sandra, Raja, Nick and Greg – with their decades of technology expertise – at the forefront of some of our most essential work, we will sharpen our focus and execution, accelerate innovation, and unleash the deep well of talent across the company,” said Gelsinger.

Rivera, McKeown, Lavender and Koduri will all report directly to Gelsinger.

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