Steve Oberlin Joins NVIDIA to Help Shape Future of High Performance Computing

by Brian Caulfield

Veteran technologist, entrepreneur and confessed “geek,” Steve Oberlin has joined NVIDIA to help lead our high-performance computing initiative.

As chief technology officer (CTO) for NVIDIA’s Tesla business unit, Oberlin will be responsible for NVIDIA’s Tesla roadmap and architecture.

Tesla CTO Steve Oberlin
Tesla CTO Steve Oberlin

Tesla GPUs are our flagship processors for high performance computing, delivering extreme parallel processing, unrivaled processing power and efficiency. They are playing a critical part in the race to build exascale computers to tackle the world’s most complex computational challenges.

Oberlin, 57, began his career at Cray Research, where he worked on early Cray vector multiprocessors with Seymour Cray, the father of the supercomputer industry.

Over the past decade, he has served as a distinguished engineer at CA Technologies, co-founder and chief scientist at Cassatt Corporation and vice president of software at Silicon Graphics.

He held numerous roles at Cray over a two decade span, including vice president of hardware and chief architect responsible for Cray’s first massively parallel processors. He holds more than a dozen U.S. patents.

“Steve has decades of experience in high performance computing, going back to his early contributions to Cray’s vector and parallel supercomputers,” said Bill Dally, NVIDIA’s chief scientist. “His extensive background and forward-looking vision will be of great value as he works to refine our HPC strategy and helps execute our roadmap to achieve exascale computing in the years ahead.”