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[Hexus] Raja Koduri, Radeon Technologies Boss, leaves AMD

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Remember when we reported on the Radeon Technologies Group boss, Raja Koduri, taking a leave of absence with an intent to return to the fold in December? That isn't going to happen, according to a memo Raja has written to his team, because today is his last day in the job.

The Memo in Full

HEXUS has gained exclusive access to the memo through well-placed sources, and we can show you how Raja arrived at the decision to leave for pastures new:

'To my AMD family,

Forty is a significant number in history. It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.

I have no question in my mind that RTG, and AMD, are marching firmly in the right direction as high-performance computing becomes ever-more-important in every aspect of our lives. I believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing with Vega, Navi and beyond, and I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and where we are going. The whole industry has stood up and taken notice of what we are doing. As I think about how computing will evolve, I feel more and more that I want to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions.

I want to thank Lisa and the AET for enabling me to pursue my passion during the last four years at AMD, and especially the last two years with RTG. Lisa has my utmost respect for exhibiting the courage to enable me with RTG, for believing in me and for going out of her way to support me. I would also like to call out Mark Papermaster who brought me into AMD, for his huge passion for technology and for his relentless support through many difficult phases. And of course, I want to thank each and every one of my direct staff and my indirect staff who have worked so hard with me to build what we have now got. I am very proud of the strong leaders we have and I'm fully confident that they can execute on the compelling roadmap ahead.

I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.

As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.

On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have these final requests from you as I leave:

. Stay focused on the roadmap!
. Deliver on your commitments!
. Continue the culture of Passion, Persistence and Play!
. Make AMD proud!
. Make me proud!

Yours,
Raja

https://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/111926-exclusive-raja-koduri-radeon-technologies-boss-leaves-amd/
post #2 of 195
There's that other shoe dropping.

On a positive note, Raja was tired, had few wins in the last couple rounds. This could be a good thing.
Edited by infranoia - 11/7/17 at 2:04pm
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Does Jim Keller do graphics? biggrin.gif
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Now who's going to drop unreleased hardware???
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Raja does not point out what his next move will be.

I think he did the best he could with the limited resources he had at hand.

The money from Ryzen would have certainly helped the GPU division, so why did he decide to leave now when the possibilities were going to be even greater for the future?

I guess we'll never know the full story here.
 
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Called it.
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So, instead of rising to the challenge. He quit.

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This is the best outcome for everyone concerned. He didn't have what it takes to box clever, so to speak, whereby a smaller company (AMD) plays smart when trying to compete with a larger company (Nvidia). There are many examples in tech where a company with smaller R&D has managed to compete on equal footing with ones with much larger budgets. He's not terrible, but he hasn't got that something extra that AMD and RTG would need to pull them level with Nvidia.
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It may not be a bad thing if the next person is able to steer RTG back into the right direction. Raja did well for what seemingly little resources he had, especially after Ryzen launched, just wasn't the results everyone was hoping for.
    
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This is the best outcome for everyone concerned. He didn't have what it takes to box clever, so to speak, whereby a smaller company (AMD) plays smart when trying to compete with a larger company (Nvidia). There are many examples in tech where a company with smaller R&D has managed to compete on equal footing with ones with much larger budgets. He's not terrible, but he hasn't got that something extra that AMD and RTG would need to pull them level with Nvidia.

Let's be honest here, the something is a good team, which RTG clearly didn't have. AMD's CPU side had the Boston teams headed by Keller. RTG had some guys in China that have been pumping out GCN, an architecture with flaws that became obvious with the 2nd generation, since Koduri's departure and some leftover engineers from ATI (not sure how many they kept). RTG needs better talent. Let's suppose they get someone better than Koduri for leadership, a ship with sailors that barely know what they're doing will still sink. It's clear they had a vision for CPU and business wanted Zen and who to hire to get it, not the case for RTG. They should uproot the entire GPU branch
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