NVIDIA appoints former IBM veteran to lead on data centre systems work

10 December 2020 | Abigail Opiah


NVIDIA has appointed former IBM Power Systems Chief Engineer Steve Fields to work on the company’s system architecture and product road map for NVIDIA’s data centre systems.

The chipmaker confirmed to CRN on Thursday last week that it hired Fields as vice president of data centre system architecture in November.

Fields confirmed his appointment on LinkedIn a week ago and said, “Whoever had 245 days in the "how long will Steve stay retired" pool was the winner.

“I loved every minute of my eight month retirement in spite of COVID, spending lots of extra time with my wife and my dog and some amazing nature.”

He added that he wanted to create some new work memories and work with some new technologies, as he announced his new post with NVIDIA.

Fields worked at IBM for 30 years and was critical to the development of IBM’s Power Systems servers over the last several years.

The hiring of Fields took place in the midst of Nvidia’s continual gain in traction with its data centre systems products.

Elsewhere, three weeks ago, NVIDIA announced the NVIDIA DGX Station A100 — the world’s only petascale workgroup server.

The second generation of the AI system, DGX Station A100 accelerates demanding machine learning and data science workloads for teams working in corporate offices, research facilities, labs or home offices everywhere.

Delivering 2.5 petaflops of AI performance, the company said DGX Station A100 is the only workgroup server with four of the latest NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs fully interconnected with NVIDIA NVLink.

It is set to provide up to 320GB of GPU memory to speed breakthroughs in enterprise data science and AI.