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    Meet Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman: Challenging Nvidia AI Computing

    Alexander Johnson

    By Alexander Johnson - Jun 19, 2024 | Updated On: 19 June, 2024 | 3 min read

    By Alexander Johnson , 3 min read - Jun 19, 2024

    Updated On: 19 June, 2024

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. Image Credit: Social Media.




  • From compute space to high-bandwidth microservers, Andrew Feldman successfully led numerous companies. One such company he has been leading is Cerebras Systems Inc.

    Therefore, today, we will look at the fantastic journey of Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. We will cover everything from his early life, professional achievements, and challenging Nvidia AI computing. Stay with us to get a peek into his life.

    Feldman’s company Cerebras Inc unveiled its largest third-generation wafer-scale engine (WSE-3), which surpasses the Nvidia H100 on a full scale. Read further to know more!




  • Early Life And Family – Know His Roots

    Andrew was born in Palo Alto, California. He spent his entire childhood there. He has not mentioned the names of his parents, but we do know that they came to California in the mid-sixties for their Ph.D. and never left.

    Similarly, Feldman’s parents were professors at the prestigious Stanford University. He revealed that he has always been an entrepreneur. When he was little, he started a small-scale company manufacturing surf, ski t-shirts, and board shorts.

    Andrew has been married to his wife for over thirty years. He has not mentioned her name but considers her one of the catalysts in his success.

    Educational Background – What Did He Study?

    After completing high school in California, Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman graduated with a BA in Economics/Political Science in 1991 from Stanford University.




  • Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. Image Credit: LinkedIn.

    Furthermore, the American national earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1997. He also tried to obtain a PhD at Berkeley but could not complete it.

    Professional Journey Before Founding Cerebras

    Feldman started his career soon after graduating from Stanford. Motivated by computing and deep learning methods, he joined the Molecular Application Group and started working as their VP of Sales and Marketing in 1991.

    Andrew became a Senior Director of Marketing at Cabletron after obtaining an MBA in 1998. He worked there for two years before switching to Riverstone Networks.

    The Stanford graduate was Riverstone’s Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Corporate Development. He then joined Force10 Networks and worked as their VP from 2003 to 2006.




  • After a year, the California native was named the Entrepreneur in Residence of US Venture Partners and Crosslink Capital in 2007.

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    Co-founded SeaMicro In 2007

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman co-founded SeaMicro, an AI data transform center in November 2007. The company built a new computing architecture and changed the data center by designing servers that required one-quarter the power and took up one-quarter the space of typical servers.

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. Image Credit: Social Media.

    Similarly, SeaMicro developed a novel server architecture explicitly designed for scale-out infrastructures used in the web layer, online gaming, search, and index processing.




  • Call it a dumb luck! AMD acquired the company in 2012 for a whopping $355 million. From 2012 to 2014, Andrew worked as AMD’s Corporate VP and General Manager at the Data Center Server solutions business unit.

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman

    For over 20 years, Feldman worked tirelessly for multiple companies. It was a time for him to take a little break. So he did in 2014. However, he could not suppress the entrepreneur inside him.

    Therefore, Feldman and four other former SeaMicro employees started brainstorming ideas to create something new and significant.

    Finally, in 2015, Gary Lauterbach, Michael James, Sean Lie, Jean-Phillippe Fricker, and Feldman founded Cerebras Systems.




  • Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. Image Credit: Instagram.

    Cerebras Systems builds the fastest AI accelerators in the industry based on its pioneering Wafer Scale Engine, the largest processor ever built. Its solutions are available in the cloud and on-premise.

    Since its inauguration, Cerebras has done fantastic work over the years. Its Wafer Scale Engine (WSE) is a wafer-scale integrated processor. It consists of computing, memory, and interconnecting fabric. WSE-1 powers the company’s first-generation AI computer called Cerebras CS-1.

    Under Andrew’s leadership, the company has raised millions of dollars, starting with a series A funding of $27 million. Today, the company is valued at over $4 billion by raising $720 million in financing to date.

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  • Challenging Nvidia AI Computing

    Since the inauguration of WSE-1 and CS-1, Cerebras has enhanced the chips tremendously. The CS-1 included a single WSE primary processor with 400,000 processing cores and twelve 100 GB ethernet connections to transfer data out and in.

    After its success, CS-2 was announced, which is an AI system based on the second generation WSE-2. It features 850,000 cores and 2.6 trillion transistors.

    In March 2024, Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman launched the fastest AI processor, WSE-3. It is a massive chip with 4 trillion transistors and 900,000 AI-optimized compute cores. It powers the CS-3 AI supercomputer.

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman

    Cerebras Systems CEO Andrew Feldman. Image Credit: Social Media.

    Multiple users and experts, including Argonne National Laboratory, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, found Cerebras technology superior to their existing ones.




  • Cerebras is already a top competitor to Nvidia chips. The company’s extensive and impressive chips claim to outpace Nvidia’s.

    Even though Cerebras is not as famous as Nvidia, its products have shown huge demand and productivity. Let’s see which company boasts a better-functioning AI chip in the future.

    FAQs

    Q: How many transistors are in the WSE-3?




  • A: The Wafer Scale Engine 3 (WSE-3) contains 4 trillion transistors.

    Q: How much power does WSE-3 use?

    A: It consumed the same 23kW.

    Q: Is Cerebras A Unicorn?




  • A: Cerebras is a unicorn AI chipmaker.




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