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, Chief Executive Officer

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 first dataflow solutions 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, SVP and 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.


Lee Flanagin, SVP and Chief Business Officer

As head of Wave Computing’s sales and marketing activities, Lee leads the company’s revenue generation and go-to-market efforts.  Prior to joining Wave, Lee was a member of CTO staff at Cisco Systems and ran global corporate marketing and communications for SanDisk. His background also includes holding executive and leadership positions at other leading high-technology companies, as well as serving as a Planning Commissioner for a major Silicon Valley city and as a member of two branches of the U.S. military.


Paul Alpern, VP and General Counsel

Paul is Vice President and General Counsel at Wave Computing, bringing more than 20 years of in-house corporate, licensing and international legal experience, traversing the semiconductor licensing, hardware and software fields. Prior to this, he was Associate General Counsel at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (now MACOM Connectivity Solutions), with oversight of M&A, compliance, export, and commercial activities. Previous roles include Director of Licensing for MIPS, where Paul helped expand the company’s global and emerging market architecture and core transactions, and Sumitomo Chemical, where he became the company’s first in-house legal counsel in Japan. In addition, Paul held director and senior director positions in SanDisk Corporation’s legal department.

Paul received a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and received a law degree from Harvard Law School.


Dr. Samit Chaudhuri, VP, Software Engineering

Samit is the Vice President of Software Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, he contributes to and helps lead the development of the WaveFlow™ DPU software stack, which accelerates dataflow programs on Wave Computing’s Course Grain Reconfigurable Array (CGRA) architecture. Prior to joining Wave Computing, Samit, who is best known for his expertise on compilers and hardware synthesis, led software and algorithm development teams for 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 a research focus on compilers and high-level 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.


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.