Making the impossible a reality  

Dr. Radoslav Danilak is at it again, making the impossible a reality. The well-known and respected processor architect and serial entrepreneur's latest startup, Tachyum, is poised to release the world's first universal processor next year with its flagship product: Prodigy.

Tachyum is located in the heart of Silicon Valley (Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara), nestled among tech giants Intel, AMD, and Nvidia.

Dr. Danilak is no stranger to creating disruptive products. At NVIDIA, as a processor architect, his work had a significant impact on their first two flagship GPU products: Tesla and Fermi. After leaving NVIDIA, he co-founded Sandforce, where he designed a flash memory controller that ushered in the widespread use of inexpensive MLC (Multi Level Cell) flash memory, directly enabling Apple's release of the MacBook Air and indirectly spawning the flash thumb drive industry.

The Sandforce Flash controller chip embodied a workaround to what was considered at the time, to be a fundamental device physics barrier: extending the useful life of inherently unreliable multi level flash devices. The success of Danilak's Sandforce product, with its innovative "Life Extension" technology, was demonstrated by LSI's acquisition of Sandforce in 2011 for $377M.

Dr. Danilak's next startup, Skyera, delivered the highest-density flash storage systems in the industry at the time ("a petabyte in a pizza box") to government and commercial customers alike, by extending his Sandforce Life Extension technology by another order of magnitude. Skyera was sold to Western Digital / HGST in 2014 for an undisclosed amount in a private transaction.

At Tachyum, Dr. Danilak is undertaking his most ambitious challenge to date. Back in his natural element, leading a world-class chip development team as Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Architect, Rado (as he is known to customers and staff alike) is on a mission to solve the "processor performance plateau" (aka: Moore's Law is dead).

While the industry at large continues to be resigned to mere incremental processor performance gains with each fabrication process shrink, demonstrated by historically stagnant processor specs over the last 10+ years, Rado suspected there must be a way to design around what appeared to be yet another impenetrable barrier caused by a device physics issue (very slow wires and very fast transistors in today's processor chips).

The result of his latest efforts on Prodigy at Tachyum is a breakthrough processor architecture that, for the first time, implements "Location Aware" computing. In his patent-pending processor architecture, Rado and his design team have implemented a hardware/software system that in over 90% of all cases, does not need to spend the extra time normally required to move data in order to compute.

Rado's new way of looking at processor architectures not only exhibits best-in-breed performance across data center, AI and HPC workloads; it is delivering 10x lower power consumption at 3x lower sell price (normalized to equivalent performance in MIPS) compared to its CPU competition.

With Prodigy, unused data center servers, more than 50% of them during off peak hours, can be seamlessly and dynamically reconfigured into ad hoc AI and/or HPC networks, CAPEX-free (Capital Expenditure free), using idle servers that have already been capitalized.

This Prodigy-unique attribute changes the landscape of the data center industry – mitigating a power consumption crisis (SIA predicts that compute power consumption will exceed global energy production by 2040) with its ultra-low power operation, and turning every hyperscale data center into a low cost AI/HPC center of excellence.

Due to its high computational density and I/O bandwidth, networks of Prodigy processors comprising just 125 HPC racks, can deliver an ExaFLOPS (a billion, billion, floating point operations per second) in dedicated, water-cooled High Performance Computing applications.

Prodigy is slated for high rate production and general availability in 2021. Tachyum recently announced that 90% of the Prodigy product has undergone detailed physical design including been place & route, as validated by Tachyum's design partner Cadence. This represents a major risk reduction milestone on the way to delivering the world's first universal processor.

In addition to mitigating the data center power crisis, Rado and his team believe Prodigy will do for AI and HPC, what the PC did for computers: make them available to everyone, at an affordable cost.

About Dr. Radoslav Danilak:

Dr. Radoslav Danilak was born, raised and educated in the Slovak Republic. After a stint in Slovakia teaching university compiler theory courses, he came to the US after being recruited by a tier-1 Silicon Valley VC (Venture Capital company). In Silicon Valley, Dr. Danilak distinguished himself as a world-class processor architect with his work in group which designed the Sony Playstation2 processor, and NVIDIA's Tesla and Fermi GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). He then struck out on his own as an entrepreneur, co-founding SandForce, and designing a disruptive Flash Memory Controller chip.

Rado Danilak has over 25 years of industry experience and over 100 granted patents designing state-of-the-art processing systems, and he has more than 100 patents pending.

Awards:

Pribina Cross Award

Dr. Danilak has received multiple prestigious awards in recognition of his contributions to the industry, including Slovakia's Pribina Cross, the nation's highest award for individual achievement, awarded by then President Kiska to Dr. Danilak.

Crystal Wing Award

Dr. Radoslav Danilak, founder and CEO of semiconductor startup Tachyum Inc. and Tachyum s.r.o., was the recipient of the 2019 Crystal Wing Award in the Innovation and Startups category. This prestigious Award recognizes significant achievements of Slovaks who have attained exceptional expertise and success in their respective industries.