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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.
(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