Google has made further progress in its move to create custom chips that will help boost its cloud computing infrastructure by hiring a veteran Intel to head over to the new division.
Google has a long history of building its own chips, to drive the performance of the technology to meet its demands, whether it’s the 2015 Tensor Processing Units, or the Video Processing Units in 2018, or the security-centric OpenTitan in 2019.
“The future of cloud infrastructure is bright, and it is changing rapidly. As we continue to work to meet computing demands from around the world, today we are thrilled to welcome Uri Frank as our Engineering VP for server chip design, ”wrote Google Fellow and VP of systems infrastructure Amin Vahdat, in a blog post.
In addition to announcing the arrival of Frank, Vahdat was also sharing details of Google’s plans to address the growing demand for cloud workload.
He argues that while they have been aiming to integrate computer components on the motherboard in a fully developed system, this approach was no longer possible.
“Instead of integrating parts on a motherboard where they are separated by inches of wires, we are turning to a Chip Systems (SoC) design where multiple functions sit on the same chip, or on several chips within one package, ”said Vahdat.
Frank will lead Google’s efforts into the SoC realm that they argue will help them achieve the latency and bandwidth levels necessary to effectively handle the workload of the day, while reduce power requirements and running costs.
While Google has not shared additional details about its SoC plans, we can assume that it is likely to allow a man from the Army, which may be interesting since this is one of the major tech companies who protests against the construction of an Army by Nvidia.