- Jul 29, 2016
Chief Architect on Zen is Michael Clark, according to EETimes reporting on the 2016 Hot Chips presentation. Team Leader on Zen is Suzanne Plummer, and according to the article, Jim Keller was in charge of the entire processor design group, and along with Clark and others worked on the early stages of Zen. I have no doubt that Jim Keller was a important part of Zen, but ignoring and acting like he was a one-man army is foolish and ignores the work of the team behind Zen. Now, Clark was also lead architect of Barcelona and Steamroller, your not entirely wrong about AMD having the same people working on Zen as previous architectures, but this just illustrates even more that while Jim Keller was important, assuming he was the glue behind Zen should have meant his departure would have doomed it. No, Zen is good, and is good because of a combination of factors ranging from a experienced design team led by capable managers and executives, etc, etc.