Myron Slota, President – IBM

Myron Slota has over thirty years in technology that started with silicon development and completed three technology generations.  Afterwards, he accepted positions on several OEM company initiatives to develop a business transition plan from a captive technology supplier in optoelectronics, memory and ASICs.

In the second half of his career, Mr. Slota accepted a position in Power microprocessor development where he led teams responsible for delivering the cache, memory controller, fabric bus, pervasive, and processor IO designs.  He also led teams in the bring-up and debug of the microprocessor to ensure general availability.  Afterwards, Mr. Slota managed the system design and development team.

Mr. Slota recently accepted the role to grow the Power ecosystem through several initiatives that included the OpenPOWER Foundation and establishing system design enablement.  He now holds an executive program management role in establishing new business partners and opportunities.

He holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

Zvonimir Z. Bandić, Chair – Western Digital Corporation

Zvonimir Z. Bandić is the Research Staff Member and Senior Director of Next Generation Platform Technologies in a Western Digital Corporation in San Jose, California. He received his BS in electrical engineering in 1994 from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and his MS (1995) and PhD (1999) in applied physics from Caltech, Pasadena, in the field of novel electronic devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors. He is currently focusing on both NAND and emerging Non-Volatile Memories (PCM, ReRAM, MRAM) applications for data center storage and computing, including CPU, memory, networking, storage and machine learning. He has been awarded over 50 patents in the fields of solid state electronics, solid state disk controller technology, security architecture and storage systems and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers.

CJ (Chris) Johnson, Director & TSC Chair – Google

Chris Johnson joined the Google Platform team in 2005 to lead the Google advance to customer server and storage solutions.  Chris currently runs a Component and Technology team, with the responsibility for design and collaboration on technology including processors, memory, accelerators and interconnect fabrics.

Prior to Google, Chris worked at Cobalt Networks and Sun Microsystems as the Chief Architect for the Cobalt division, and had engineering roles in massively parallel operating systems at nCUBE, and hardware implementation of TCP/IP at Protocol Engines.

Gilad Shainer, Director – Mellanox

Cilad Shainer has served as Mellanox’s Vice President of Marketing since March 2013.  Previously, Mr. Shainer was Mellanox’s Vice President of Marketing Development from March 2012 to March 2013.  Mr. Shainer joined Mellanox in 2001 as a design engineer and later served in senior marketing management roles between July 2005 and February 2012.  Mr. Shainer holds several patients in the field of high-speed networking and contributed to the PCI-SIG PCI-X and PCIe specifications. Gilad Shainer holds a MSc degree (2001, Cum Laude) and a BSc degree (1998, Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

Michael Diamond, Director – NVIDIAMichael Diamond is Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at NVIDIA. He was Vice President of Operations for Intensys, a Graphics Processor company, before joining NVIDIA in 2001. Mr. Diamond is on the OpenCAPI and PCI SIG Board of Directors,  is a founder and served on the OpenPower Foundation Board of Directors as its Vice President and Treasurer, served on the PC Gaming Alliance Board of Directors, and has authored or co-authored 71 patents. He holds a B.S.E. degree from California State University Northridge, an M.S.M.E. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Executive Management programs at Caltech and MIT-Sloan.

Gaurav Singh, Director – Xilinx

Gaurav Singh is VP Architecture and Verification for all products at Xilinx. Gaurav has served in engineering, management and strategic roles in his career. He started his career as a circuit and logic designer on the K6 microprocessor and part of the verification team on Opteron design. He then built switch fabrics and L2/L3 switches at RMI and then architected and built the MIPS CPU that eventually became the XLP processor. Prior to Xilinx he was VP of Engineering and Product development at APM responsible for the PowerPC and ARM v8 processors. He has a masters’ degree in EE from the University of Southern California.