Calxeda – developer of EnergyCore ‘system on a chip’ processors being pitched at big data applications – has hired Niall Dalton and Geno Valente, both of whom are well known in the financial markets space.
Dalton has joined as chief software architect and will be based in the company’s soon-to-be-opened Sunnyvale, Ca. office. He was previously director of HFT at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he first came into contact with Calxeda’s technology, and subsequently participated in the company’s launch in November 2011. At that time, he commented: “We need a 10x breakthrough and this could be it. We are evaluating the Calxeda technology in hyperscale throughput computing for data and simulation intensive applications. The Calxeda Linux platform enables rapid porting of our software, enabling us to quickly leverage the energy-efficient RM cores and Calxeda’s scalable communications fabric to scale our applications to new heights.”
Chicago-based Valente joins from big data management specialist XtremeData, where he led sales and marketing. Previously, he was with FPGA vendor Altera. While at XtremeData, he forged an alliance with Noetic Partners to create The Edge, a system for performing analytics on realtime and historical market data. At Calxeda, he has a business development role, focused on end users.
While neither role – or the company itself – is focused exclusively on the financial vertical, it’s clear that there is interest from that segment in the Calxeda’s technology to support both big data and cloud applications. In that respect, both Dalton and Valente will bring valuable domain expertise to the company.
Calxeda’s EnergyCore chips leverage the ARM microprocessor design, generally used for chips found in portable devices, such a mobile phones. But Austin, TX-based Calxeda is pitching its chips in a massively parallel architecture at enterprise servers to be deployed in data centres, where power consumption is an important facet of performance. Server vendor Boston recently announced the first commercially available offering based on Calxeda’s chips, while HP is incorporating