AMD Engineers Built Ryzen Threadripper in Their Free Time

By Admin - September 07, 2017 10:50 pm   0   308   0

AMD does not have a Ryzen Threadripper line, leaving Intel alone in the high-end office market. And that could have been the case in the universe we live in if it was not a group of AMD engineers who were working on what would become Threadripper in their spare time.

The story behind Threadripper is Amazing and interesting, discovered by Forbes during a series of interviews with AMD employees involved in Ryzen.

"Its not really a story of road plans and long-term planning or huge R & D budgets, its much more personal than that and comes from a skunkworks project and a small group of AMD employees who had a vision of a processor they would really like in the case of high-performance computers, "said Sarah Youngbauer, AMDs communications team in Forbes.

"They worked on them in their spare time and it was really a passion project for about a year before they looked for the green light for management, which is quite unusual, it was something they cared about really, "added Youngbauer.

Youngbauer credits the groups first efforts to make Threadripper a reality several years later. Otherwise, there may not be a Threadripper, "she says.

James Prior, who is also a member of AMDs communications team, developed Threadrippers development by telling Forbes that he and others have noticed a gap between Ryzen, AMD Epic, oriented silicon server.

"To get to this product, what we really liked as a trainer, we found that we only had to change certain details, so we set up this team of skunk works where we had platform architects, people who deal with basic design, business unit, marketing team, to know how to use what is already there and go to the boss-Jim Anderson and say that we would like to do that. in 2015, "said Prior.

A bit of luck also played a role in the development of Threadripper. According to Prior, there was a cardinal rule to AMD not to go against the grain, so the 20 or 30 people working on Threadripper continued to do so in their spare time. The turning point was when Anderson came on board Intel.

"We discovered that he was a real enthusiast of the processor, it was perfect to move the project forward," he recalls. "My boss shared a taxi with Jim on Computex Road 2016 and talked to him about Threadripper. He liked it, gave it the go-ahead and found a way to do it on the roadmap."

The design of Threadripper is an interesting story with more details and interviews with other AMD players involved in the project. It is worth to be read if you have a few free minutes.