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Andrew Feldman: Cerebras and AI Hardware

A conversation with Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems.

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In episode 42 of The Gradient Podcast, Daniel Bashir speaks to Andrew Feldman.

Andrew is the co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, an AI accelerator company that has built the largest processor in the industry. Before Cerebras, Andrew co-founded and served as CEO of SeaMicro, which was acquired by AMD in 2012. He has also served in executive positions at Force10 Networks and RiverStone Networks.

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Outline:

  • (00:00) Intro

  • (02:05) Andrew’s trajectory, from business school to Cerebras

  • (10:00) The large model problem and Cerebras’ approach

  • (19:50) Cerebras’s GPT-J announcement

  • (22:20) Andrew explains weight streaming to Daniel

  • (32:30) Andrew’s thoughts on the MLPerf benchmark

  • (38:20) The venture landscape for AI accelerator companies

  • (42:50) The hardware lottery, hardware support for sparsity

  • (45:40) The CHIPS Act, NVIDIA China ban and the accelerator industry

  • (48:00) Politics and Chips, US and China

  • (52:20) Andrew’s perspective on tackling difficult problems

  • (56:42) Outro

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