About Us

At Simple Machines, we believe...

1

Today's computers simply do not have the horsepower to run the software of tomorrow.

2

Algorithms will keep changing faster than the hardware they run on. Building single-purpose solutions is slow, expensive, and results in solutions that are outdated by the time they are available.

3

All software developers should have the benefit of hardware that conforms to the algorithm and not be constrained by the hardware.

4

Data science should be about data, insights, and business. Not GPUs, compute clusters, and dev ops.

5

As fast, flexible computing becomes more accessible, AI will be used by more industries for more applications more frequently.

LEADERSHIP

Karu Sankaralingam, PhD

Founder, CEO, CTO
Karu Sankaralingam, PhD

Karu started as Professor of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison in 2007. He has been the advisor for 9 graduated PhDs. He has 17 patents and published 91 papers, including 8 award papers. He received IEEE TCCA Young Architect Award and NSF CAREER Award and was the project lead for the TRIPS chip, the MIAOW open-source GPGPU, and OpenSplyser SPARC extension.

Poly Palamuttam

VP Hardware
Poly Palamuttam

Poly has over 20 years of experience with multiple chips and SoC tapeouts. 25+ chip tapeouts down to 7nm, including multiple ARM 64-bit server chips. Formerly the Director Engineering for the server SoC at Qualcomm, he was also the Chipset Project Engineer for the a Machine Learning accelerator.

Jitu Khare

VP Silicon & Systems Engineering
Jitu Khare

Jitu has over 20 years of experience with multiple chips and SoC tapeouts. 25+ chip tapeouts down to 7nm, including multiple ARM 64-bit server chips. Formerly the Senior Director of Technology in the data center group at Qualcomm, where he was responsible for managing and leading all design activities and was one of two original SoC leads on the Machine Learning chip.

Greg Wright, PhD

Chief Architect
Greg Wright, PhD

Greg has 20 years of industrial experience in computer architecture, CPU design, virtual machines, and compilers. He was formerly Senior Director, Engineering at Qualcomm, where he led processor research.

Viraj Patel

CFO
Viraj Patel

Viraj is a seasoned CFO with public and VC-backed companies in technology sectors; experienced in fund-raising, M&A, international operations; led pre-revenue companies to commercial ramp; successfully led NASDAQ IPO.

Brian Johnson

VP Business Operations
Brian Johnson

Brian has been starting and building businesses for more than 15 years. He has built and led teams in Operations, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Product, and Customer Success. He led the R&D team at Networked Insights and launched one of the first commercial AI SaaS platforms before it was acquired by a Fortune 500 insurance company.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Krishna Raghavan

Krishna Raghavan

Krishna is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience building companies in technology and healthcare. He was a Co-Founder for Hellosoft Inc, Radion Inc, and DermEbx, and helped lead them to successful acquisitions. He also served as President of MIPS, an industry leader in Processor IP.

Saman Farid

Saman Farid

Saman runs the international investments for Baidu Ventures and is a Founder of Comet Labs. He's invested in enabling AI technologies for the past 7 years, with extensive experience in the US and Chinese tech ecosystems. Saman is an observer of the Board.

Barun Kar, PhD

Barun Kar, PhD

Barun is currently SVP of Engineering at Palo Alto Networks, where he has served in various technical leadership roles for the last 14 years. He is a leading expert in the networking hardware industry.

Michael J Partsch

Michael J Partsch

Michael is Chief Venture Officer for WARF Ventures where he oversees activities associated with the formation and funding of new startups to transfer inventions arising out of UW-Madison research into commercial enterprises. Michael has 23 years of experience in venture investing and startup company development.

Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly

Matt is a Co-Manager with Wisconsin Investment Partners (WIP) - Wisconsin's foremost angel capital investment group. WIP has 100+ members, with $42M+ invested to date. Matt is an observer of the Board.

James Wang

James is an active entrepreneur and investor and serves as a Partner with IMO Ventures.

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Shmuel Silverman, PhD

Shmuel Silverman, PhD

Shmuel is a technology leader and investor with over 165 patents and disclosures, specializing in Telecommunications, IoT, Blockchain, Robotics, and AI. He is the Founder/CEO of Multi-Innovation, an IP protection services company, and has held senior technical positions at Xilinx, Motorola, and River.

Doug Burger, PhD

Doug Burger, PhD

Doug is Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and currently serves as Technical Fellow for Microsoft’s Azure Hardware Systems. He is one of the world’s leading active researchers in computer architecture and former professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow and has over 50 patents, including 6 with Bill Gates.

Mark Mcdermott, PhD

Mark Mcdermott, PhD

Mark is a Professor of Practice and EIR at The University of Texas at Austin. He has over 40 years of industry experience development silicon systems, including as former Sr. Director at Apple, VP/GM at Intrinsity, and VP Engineering at Coherent Logix. He has 19 patents and numerous publications in IC design.

Dileep Bhandarkar, PhD

Dileep Bhandarkar, PhD

Dileep recently retired as VP of Technology at Qualcomm. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft responsible for Server Hardware Architecture and held senior roles at Intel, Digital Equipment Corp, and Texas Instruments. He is an IEEE Fellow with 16 patents and 30+ published papers.

Jude Shavlik, PhD

Jude Shavlik, PhD

Jude is a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the foremost authorities on machine learning and AI. He was named a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI) in 2006 for "his significant contributions to machine learning, especially knowledge-based approaches."

David Wood, PhD

David Wood, PhD

Dr. Wood is Professor Emeritus of the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow and received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award. Dr. Wood has published over 100 papers and 15 patents.