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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

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The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants

September 21, 2023  

RISC-V Thunderbird Soc for HPC and AI Applications

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Topic: RISC-V Thunderbird SOC for HPC and AI Applications

Doug will give an overview of Austin-based InspireSemi's disruptive next generation Thunderbird compute accelerator for HPC&AI applications. This RISC-V based "supercomputer-cluster-on-a-chip" packs 1,800 high performance CPU cores (all FP64 double-precision of their own design) onto a single SOC. For maximum/predictable performance and low latency, these CPU cores are all interconnected with their high bandwidth, low-latency mesh interconnect that can connect up to 256 of Thunderbird chips. After 3 years of customer-driven development, the chip is in final verification and will tape out at the end of September to TSMC. He will also share why the team chose to leverage the open hardware RISC-V ISA vs. other options and provide an overview of some of the many initiatives in the thriving RISC-V ecosystem.


Doug Norton

Speaker's bio

Doug Norton

is the Chief Marketing Officer at Inspire Semiconductor.  InspireSemi is an Austin-based company delivering a breakthrough next-generation accelerated computing solution for HPC, AI, and graph analytics applications that leverages the open standard RISC-V ISA (Instruction Se Architecture).

Doug began his career in product development at IBM and moved into the sales & marketing organization to expand IBM's reach into new engineering/scientific markets. He then went on to various senior leadership positions at Cadence Design Systems, CoWare, Newisys, Virtual Instruments, Nimbix, and other early-stage companies.


Doug is also President of the Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP), a non-profit, vendor-neutral organization whose purpose is to educate and connect the HPC user community, industry, and academia with state-of-the-art technology and best practices. He is also a contributor to the RISC-V International SIG-HPC as well as the RISC-V marketing and events committees. He serves on the Venture Mentoring Service for the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) at The University of Texas and is a technology and business advisor to HealthClicks. Doug earned a BS in Electrical Engineering cum laude from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023 : 6:00 - 7:30pm
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