About Wave Computing

Wave Computing is a Silicon Valley start up that is revolutionizing the Machine Learning industry. The company's world-class team is developing the Wave Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), employing a disruptive, massively parallel dataflow architecture. When introduced, Wave’s DPU-based solution will be the world's fastest and most energy efficient deep learning computer family.

Wave's solution will enable enterprise and public sector customers to build and deploy smarter, faster Deep Learning applications to improve their business processes through the insights gained from the growing volume of data available to them.

With funding from Tier 1 VCs, an IP portfolio including over 70 patents, and a track record of execution, Wave is dedicated to accelerating the application of Machine Intelligence in the datacenter and beyond.

Wave is based in Campbell, California USA.


Executive Team

Derek Meyer, CEO

Derek is the Chief Executive Officer of Wave Computing. Derek brings over 20 years of executive management, corporate strategy, product development and go-to-market experience to Wave.  As CEO, Derek is leading the company’s initiatives to deliver the world's fastest and most energy efficient computers for the rapidly expanding Deep Learning market.

Prior to joining Wave, Derek held executive leadership positions in business development, marketing, and general management with both established and startup companies in the semiconductor and computer systems industries, including ARC, CEVA, Philips, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Harris Computers and MIPS Technologies.  At MIPS, Derek was part of the executive team who took the company public.

Derek received his BS in Physics from Florida Atlantic University where he also studied for his MS in Astrophysics.


Dr. Chris Nicol, Chief Technology Officer

Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of the company and the lead architect of the DPU architecture incorporated into Wave’s Deep Learning Computer. In addition to his duties as CTO, Chris leads the systems team developing products, the runtime software environment and benchmarking applications using deep learning frameworks.

Prior to Wave, Chris was Chief Technology Officer, Embedded Systems at NICTA, an Australian ICT R&D organization he helped to establish, where he supported over 20 R&D projects across 5 labs in hardware and software development for intelligent, secure, robust and power efficient embedded systems. Prior to NICTA, he founded Bell Labs Research in Australia and Agere Systems in Australia and he worked for AT&T Bell Labs, New Jersey.

He received the PhD degree from the University of New South Wales and the MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is an inventor on 21 U.S. patents. He has served on the TPC of ISSCC twice, and is serving his second term on the TPC of IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design.


Dr. Samit Chaudhuri, VP, Software Engineering

Samit is the VP of Software Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, Samit leads the team at Wave developing the software stack for accelerating dataflow programs on Wave’s DPU architecture. This includes software for capturing computing on Wave FlowGraph and optimally mapping the Wave FlowGraph to the DPU architecture involving tens of thousands of processing nodes.

Samit is best known for his expertise on compilers and hardware synthesis. Prior to joining Wave, Samit led software and algorithm development teams in multiple technology companies and startups including Cadence Design Systems, Magma (now a part of Synopsys), and Oasys (now a part of Mentor Graphics).

He received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with research focus on compilers and hardware synthesis.


Darren Jones, VP, Hardware Engineering

Darren is the VP of Hardware Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, Darren is responsible for all aspects of hardware engineering and leads a multi-zone team (U.S. and overseas) for development of Wave DPU Architecture. This includes integration of the revolutionary DPU array as well as IP cores such as PCIe, DDR, and HMC.

Darren has over 25 years of experience designing and verifying processor-based SoC chips. Most recently, he drove the successful tapeout of two generations of Xilinx Zynq family SoC's at the 28nm and 16nm process nodes. Before that, he worked at MIPS Technologies to deliver multiple generations of their midrange processor IP portfolio.

Darren received a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MSEE from Stanford University. He has coauthored over 20 patents focused primarily on processor design and multithreading.


Lee Flanagin, VP, Business Development and Corporate Marketing

Lee is head of Wave Computing’s business development and corporate marketing activities. In this role, he leads Wave’s customer and ecosystem strategies and efforts, as well as the company’s marketing communications programs. Throughout his career, Lee has been recognized for influencing customers, partners, employees, analysts and press in key international markets: China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, North America and Taiwan.

Lee’s industry experience spans semiconductors, storage, consumer electronics and IT, and he has excelled in small-scale organizations as well as in Fortune 500 firms. His background also includes serving as a Planning Commissioner for a major Silicon Valley city, and as a member of two branches of the U.S. military.


Mike Uhler, VP, Systems Engineering

Mike is the Vice President of Systems Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, he is responsible for delivering Wave’s leading-edge technology to the customer in a complete system solution. Mike has a long history in software, architecture, microprocessor, SoC and system design, with extensive experience in strategy and business development of technology.

Prior to Wave, Mike was VP of the Smart Data Acceleration program at Rambus, where he was responsible for all aspects of the program which delivered significant improvements in performance and power efficiency for big data applications in the data center. Mike’s prior experience includes leadership and engineering positions with AMD, MIPS Technologies, Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mike received the BSEE and MSCS degrees from the University of Arizona and is an inventor on 42 U.S. patents.


Rufino Olay III, VP, Product & Program Management

Rufino is the VP of Product and Program Management at Wave Computing. His experience includes over 20 years in the technology industry managing the design and launch of semiconductor products at companies throughout Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Wave Computing, Rufino drove product alignment and revenue growth that led to the acquisition of three companies.

Rufino earned an MBA from Saint Mary's and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and served as the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Executive Committee Chairman.