Intel confirms Damkroger departure as head of HPC; McVeigh leads newly formed Super Computer Group

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This is an updated version of a news story that aired earlier today. – editor

Intel confirmed a story earlier today on insideHPC that Trish Damkroger will step down as vice president and general manager of Intel’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Group.

An email sent to us by Intel’s communications agency said, “Intel recently made some changes to our Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) organization. The changes we made were made to improve organizational workflows. and enable us to scale to the ambitions of our roadmap.Intel’s HPC business and engineering teams are part of AXG.As part of the changes we have made to AXG, we have created the Super Compute Group, which is will focus on CPU and GPU products targeting HPC workloads, Jeff McVeigh will lead the Super Compute Group as the group’s General Manager.”

McVeigh is Intel’s VP/GM, Data Center XPU Products & Solutions.

Intel added that it “has not announced Trish Damkroger’s new role at this time.”

Damkroger can be added to the growing list of senior management changes at Intel with direct or indirect impact on HPC. She rose to a leadership role in HPC in November 2019, when Rajeeb Hazra, corporate VP of Intel’s Data Center Group and GM for the Enterprise and Government Group (and now SVP/GM of Micron’s Compute & Networking Business Unit), announced that he stopped at Intel.

Damkroger’s departure as head of Intel HPC raises questions about other aspects of Intel’s HPC efforts — specifically two problem areas for the company, the status of the two chips slated to power the Aurora exascale supercomputer at the Argonne National. Laboratory, for which Intel is the prime contractor.

Jeff McVeigh

In July 2020, Intel announced that its Ponte Vecchio GPU would be delayed by about six months, pushing back the planned delivery of this year’s Aurora exascale, when it would be the first US exascale system, to sometime next year. In addition, Intel announced last June that production of the “Sapphire Rapids” Xeon CPU would be delayed until 2022, with shipments expected to begin in April.

Whether the chip and Aurora delay affected Damkroger’s status at Intel is a matter of speculation. But a source told us this is questionable, that there are other changes underway in Intel’s HPC strategy regarding how and in which advanced computing sectors the company will market its products, as part of a more general reform of the company. under Pat Gelsinger, called Intel. CEO last January.

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