About us

OVERVIEW

Kalray (FR0010722819 — ALKAL), is the pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems. A real technological discontinuity, “intelligent” processors have the capability to analyze on the fly and in an intelligent manner, a very large amount of information, and to make decisions and interact in real time with the outside world. These intelligent processors will be deployed extensively in fast-growing sectors such as new-generation networks (intelligent data centers) and autonomous vehicles, as well as healthcare equipment, drones and robots. Kalray’s offering encompasses both processors and complete solutions (electronic boards and software). Created in 2008 as a spin-off of CEA (“Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique”, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Kalray addresses customers such as server manufacturers, intelligent system integrators and consumer product manufacturers, including car makers.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Eric Baissus

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kalray S.A.

Eric Baissus has been the CEO of Kalray since 2014, transitioning the French-tech company from a start-up to a scale-up, and steering it toward a bright future as a key player in the industry of intelligent systems. In June 2018, he las led the IPO on Euronext Paris.

Prior to his time at Kalray, Eric has spent 8 years at Texas Instruments leading the development of various chip designs and reference solutions. In 2002, Eric founded and led Open-Plug as CEO and CTO, until it was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent in 2010. OpenPlug was a pioneer and a leader in software frameworks for mobile phones. Its devices shipped in the millions and its customer portfolio included Fortune-100 customers such as Sony-Ericsson and Intel. After the acquisition by Alcatel-Lucent, Eric Baissus became VP R&D and VP Innovation of Alcatel-Lucent Application Enablement, located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.

Passionate about new technologies and turning innovation into business, Eric Baissus occupies several board positions. He has graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris France) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télecommunications (Paris France).

Anne Gabrot

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Kalray S.A.

Anne has over 20 years’ experience in finance, administration, technology licensing and fundraising. As the former CFO of Volubill, a Grenoble based telecom company, she took the company from a start-up with seven employees to an international corporation of over 170 with offices around the globe, as well as managing technology and licensing contracts and raising €25M in fundraising. Anne also worked as the Finance Director at EHPT EMEA, a venture between HP and Ericsson, and 6 years with the Benetton Group, launching the brand in France. Anne received her Masters in Business Administration from the Essec Business School in Paris, specializing in Finance and  Law.

Benoît Dupont de Dinechin

Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Kalray S.A.

Benoît is the Kalray VLIW core main architect, and co-architect of the Kalray Multi-Purpose Processing Array (MPPA). He is also a direct contributor to several components of the AccessCore software development environment.

Before joining Kalray, Benoît was in charge of Research and Development for the STMicroelectronics Software, Tools, Services division. He was promoted to STMicroelectronics Fellow in 2008. Prior to STMicroelectronics, Benoît worked at the Cray Research park (Minnesota, USA), where he developed the software pipeliner of the Cray T3E production compilers.

Benoît earned an engineering degree in Radar and Telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Toulouse, France), and a doctoral degree in computer systems from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) under the direction of Prof. P. Feautrier. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the McGill university (Montreal, Canada) at the ACAPS laboratory led by Prof. G. R. Gao.

Benoît has published over 50 conference papers, journal articles and book chapters, and holds 10 hardware patents.

Stéphane Cordova

Vice President, Embedded Technology Business Unit

Stéphane is a successful executive with a combined 20 years of experience in business (Sales, Marketing, business development and business unit management) in the semiconductor industry around wireless, video and embedded applications. Prior to his current position, Stéphane has held various business and management roles at STMicroelectronics and ST-Ericsson, where he worked in business development with major OEMs and platform-makers for mobile applications and the multimedia industry.

Loic Hamon

Loïc Hamon

Vice President, Data Center Business Unit & Corporate Development

Loïc Hamon serves as Kalray’s vice president of Data Center Business Unit & Corporate Development. In this Corporate Development role, Loïc also coordinates the company’s corporate communication.
Before his time at Kalray, Loïc spent 10 years at Inside Secure. The last position he occupied was executive vice president of corporate development and communication. Prior to that, he was the vice president of Inside Secure’s NFC business unit. Loïc also served as director of strategic marketing for the wireless business unit of Texas Instruments after holding several strategic and operational marketing positions within TI.
Loïc has earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing Intelligence at the HEC School of Management in Paris. He has also been awarded a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from ESIGELEC in Rouen and a postgraduate degree in Microelectronics from Paris XI University.

Randy Skelley

Vice President, US Sales

Randy has over 30 years of sales and executive management experience in the data storage, networking, and security industries.
He has held various global and regional OEM, Cloud/xSP, and Channel Sales leadership positions with both large and small US-based companies, including QLogic, Quantum, Chelsio, ATTO, and Clearpath Networks.
Randy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from New York Institute of Technology.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gilles Defassy

President, Supervisory Board, Kalray S.A.

Gilles Delfassy is presently the President of the Supervisory Board of Kalray, SA, Chairman of the Board of Movea SA, and Director at both Imagination Technologies Ltd (IMG), and Sequans Communications Inc (SQNS). He is also President of GC Delfassy Consulting, where he advises high-tech companies on their strategy and operations. Mr. Delfassy began his career in 1978 at Texas Instruments (TI). In 1994, he moved to TI’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, to create and lead the company’s wireless terminals business unit, eventually growing it into a five-billion dollar operation. Under Mr. Delfassy’s leadership, TI became the world’s number-one supplier of semiconductors for the wireless industry. He was senior vice president and executive officer of Texas Instruments when he retired in 2007. Since that time, Mr. Delfassy has served as an advisor for many companies in the high-tech industry. He has held Advisory Board positions at Venture Capital firms 3i and Pitango, and served on the Board of Directors at several companies in the US and in Europe. From September of 2009 to December 2011, he assumed the position of president and chief executive officer at ST-Ericsson, a joint venture of ST Microelectronics and Ericsson. Mr. Delfassy received an Engineering Diploma (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et d’ Automatique de Toulouse in 1977. He then graduated in Business Administration from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris in 1978. He has completed specialized courses on corporate governance for members of boards of directors at Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

Eric Bantegnie

Vice President, Supervisory Board, Kalray S.A.

Eric Bantegnie founded Esterel Technologies in the fall of 1999 and has since then been its President & CEO. Esterel Technology is the worldwide leading provider for mission and safety-critical embedded software and systems application development tools. Mr. Bantegnie was previously President and CEO of Simulog, a high-tech software and services company of 180 people specialized in the high-tech industries (telecoms, aerospace, defense and automotive) for simulation, and product data management, from 1998 to 2000, and also created the Simulog Technologies (now DISTENE) start-up, specialized in meshing technologies. Between 1996 and 1998, as Director General, he created and directed DYADE, a Research and Development joint venture, formed between the Bull group and INRIA (the French National Research Institute in Computer Science). DYADE originated the creation of 5 start up companies in the field of Web technologies and IT security, that are all in business today, including companies such as KELKOO and Trusted Logic (now part of GEMALTO). Between 1992 and 1996, Mr. Bantegnie was Deputy Director at the French Ministry of Industry and Telecommunications, responsible for R&D policy in the field of IT security, computer science and telecommunications. He was previously Director of Production at France Telecom for the Western Paris region. Eric Bantegnie graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1985 and Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1988. He is Engineer in Chief in Telecommunications.

PARTNERS

 

 

 

Carri Systems

Leading Embedded Software Developer

Founded in 1992, CARRI Systems is the French leading computer manufacturer of high-performance customized solutions. CARRI’s business is to develop tailor-made configurations, at the request of its clients for projects that are usually unprecedented and often with extremely unique requirements. Thanks to its long experience in High Performance Computing, CARRI Systems offers innovative solutions for projects requiring higher performance than traditional computing infrastructures. Ranging from workstations to 3D, Cloud and HPC computing clusters through rack servers and CPU & GPU hardware acceleration solutions, CARRI is a long-time state-of-the-art recognized specialist for innovative government, research and enterprise projects. CARRI Systems is the only manufacturer to deliver PowerGPU and PowerAI solutions to accelerate Deep Learning projects in addition to x86 computing infrastructure solutions.

For more information, please visit www.carri.com.

 

 

 

CEA

French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission

Within the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission), identified by Reuters / Clarivate as the most innovating research body in Europe (and second-most in the world), CEA Tech creates technological innovation to improve the competitiveness of French companies through performance and product differentiation. Composed of three research institutes, the Leti, the List and the Liten, CEA Tech develops and transfers generic technologies, which cover the vast majority of traditional industrial applications as well as more advanced high-tech sectors, relating to all-size businesses. By driving innovation, CEA Tech creates new momentum on the French territory, and contributes to generating value and sustainable employment opportunities closely aligned with the needs of the industry. The Leti institute dedicates its research to micro-nanotechnologies and the List institute to digital intelligent systems, both addressing the issues of  hardware and software system integration.
Kalray holds several patents, covering its technology, which are derived from a cooperation with the List et the Leti; it also collaborates with these institutes on parallel programming tools, networks on chips (NOCs) and porting applications for the MPPA (Massively parallel processor array) so as to facilitate the adoption of its MPPA-256 manycore processor in the industry.

For more information, please visit www.cea-tech.fr.

eSOL

Leading Embedded Software Developer

eSOL is a leading embedded software developer that enables customers to accelerate development of applications based on high-end single-core, multi-core, and many-core embedded processors. eSOL’s advanced, scalable, multi-profiled real-time operating systems are tightly integrated with development tools and middleware components to create flexible development platforms used by OEMs and ODMs worldwide in competitive vertical markets such as automotive, consumer electronics, industrial and medical equipment, and aerospace. Founded in 1975, eSOL is based in Tokyo, Japan.

For more information, please visit www.esol.com.

 

 

 

6WIND

High Performance Data Center Software

6WIND’s commercial software solves performance challenges for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. The company’s 6WINDGate ™ packet processing software is optimized for cost-effective hardware running Linux with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features. Based on 6WINDGate, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator ™ provides accelerated virtual networking infrastructure and 6WIND Turbo Router ™ and 6WIND Turbo IPsec ™ are software appliances for bare metal or virtual machine environments. By solving critical data plane performance challenges on multicore architectures, 6WIND delivers a cost-effective value proposition, enabling the transition to the future with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

For more information, please visit www.6wind.com.

DISTRIBUTORS

 

Macnica

Japan and Asia

Macnica is a global leader in supplying semiconductor, electronic components, network equipment, software products and various services to customers worldwide in the electronics and enterprise IT markets. In addition to global supply chain logistics in Japan, China, Asia, North America, South America, and Europe, Macnica offers world-class technical support to its customers. In addition, Macnica uses its systems expertise to propose new standards and applications, and develop key intellectual property for emerging markets and applications, making it easier for customers to address these new markets.

For more information, visit www.macnica.com.


Nolam

Israel & India

Since being founded, Nolam Embedded Systems has become an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of board-level products and systems in VME, CompactPCI, PCI, VPX, PC104, Small form factor and custom products for the embedded real-time markets. Embedded Systems offers an extensive standard line of Field-Upgradeable SBC’s on Intel x86 and PowerPC&reg Processors (IBM and Motorola), MPPA&reg-256 Core and also I/O board and complete integrated systems. Nolam Embedded Systems has the reputation of bringing to the market the most advanced technologies with many innovations such as the Field-Upgradeable SBC’s approach and high-performance I/O boards.

For more information, visit www.nolam.com.


Tricomtek Co.,Ltd

Korea & Asia-Pacific

Since the 1999, Tricomtek has been supplying mobile application platforms to wireless operators in Korea and Asia-pacific region, that meet international standards such as CDMA, GSM, 3G WCDMA and LTE. As the wireless market expects to deploy 4.5G network (called “pre5G”) as well as 5G, Tricomtek challenges to develop new mobile applications for next generation of wireless service, including IP convergence service gateway, 4K/8K HEVC, 3D VR and AR, along with video capturing, compressing and distribution system. And also, Tricomtek is focusing on the development of embedded software and hardware with vast experienced in providing baseband radio system and network protocols like wireless-TCP, DSRC, WAVE(IEEE P1609) for mobile and ITS (Intelligent Transportation Service) industry. Currently, working with various embedded solution providers in RTOS, Testing Tool, Protocol, Network Security, SDN/NFV and IoT industry.

For more information, visit www.tricomtek.com.

AFFILIATIONS

 

Embedded France

Embedded France is the association of French embedded software and systems representatives. Under France’s 1901 Association Act, Embedded France is open to all embedded system and software manufacturers and integrators, as well as hubs and trade associations representating embedded software application areas. Embedded France was created in 2013 with the objective of developing employment in the embedded systems and software sector, and to contribute to the competitiveness of the New Industrial France. Opportunities for development in this sector are plentiful and tangible, and its contribution to French competitiveness is recognized by the government as one of the 34 projects of the “New Industrial France”.

For more information, visit www.embedded-france.org.

 

Global Semiconductor Alliance

The Global Semiconductor Alliance represents nearly 350 member companies throughout 35 countries and over 75% of industry revenues. GSA provides a neutral environment for semiconductor executives to meet and collaborate on ways to address industry-wide topics and challenges. In addition to hosting leading events that are tailored to the semiconductor ecosystem, GSA also offers opportunities for thought exchange and relationship development with other industry executives through forums, leadership groups, and committees; access to resources, surveys, and reports that provide insight into the industry’s financial health and leading market trends; and corporate participation in specialized GSA working groups, each tailored toward a specific discipline.

For more information, visit www.gsaglobal.org.

 

InterOperability Laboratory

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) tests networking and data communications products. Since 1988, the laboratory has fostered multi-vendor interoperability while preparing students for careers in the industry. The laboratory has grown steadily into one of the industry’s premier independent proving grounds for new technologies. With the intention of creating confidence among customers and facilitating interoperability across multi-vendor networks, several industry forums have created certification programs. Testing plays a large part in these certification programs, and the use of independent third-party test houses, such as the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), is key to their success. It does not certify devices, rather we supply unbiased information these certification programs need to accurately certify devices.

For more information, visit www.iol.unh.edu/

The Khronos Group was founded in 2000 to provide a structure for key industry players to cooperate in the creation of open standards that deliver on the promise of cross-platform technology. Today, Khronos is a not for profit, member-funded consortium dedicated to the creation of royalty-free open standards for 3D graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Parallel Computing, Neural Networks, and Vision Processing on a wide variety of platforms and devices from the desktop to embedded and safety critical devices. Khronos Standards are key technologies in their respective markets, such as Vulkan and OpenGL in graphics and gaming, WebGL in 3D web graphics, and OpenVX and OpenCL in embedded vision and compute and NNEF in Machine Learning.
The Khronos Board and all of its Working Groups are made up of Khronos members: universities and companies large and small from across the ecosystem. These members work together to define, document, maintain, and promote innovative APIs, file formats, and other open standards used throughout a cross section of industries.

For more information, visit www.khronos.org.

Minalogic

Minalogic was founded when the French government’s competitive cluster initiative was first rolled out, in 2005. Broadly speaking, Minalogic operates within the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region’s digital ecosystem. The cluster’s initiatives target the unique niche where micro-nanoelectronics, photonics and software meet to stimulate innovation within this niche. Minalogic’s objective is to facilitate network-building between innovators, research centers, manufacturing companies, and financers so that they can work together effectively to bring the technologies born of collaborative R&D projects to market readiness and support the ensuing growth of the innovative companies that commercialize these technologies.

For more information, visit www.minalogic.com.


NVMe

NVM Express is a non-profit industry organization developing an open collection of standards and information designed to fully expose the benefits of non-volatile memory in all types of computing environments from mobile to data center. The NVMe™ specification is designed from the ground up to deliver high bandwidth and low latency storage access for current and future NVM technologies. NVMe specifications are open for use by the industry at large, however, members can contribute to their development and evolution.
The NVM Express group is made up of Promoter companies providing overall governance; Contributor companies participating in technical working sessions and marketing sessions to further adoption of the interface in the industry; and Adopters who have access to ratified technical proposals and may participate in NVM Express Marketing activities.

For more information, visit https://nvmexpress.org.


Storage Networking Industry Association

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a non-profit organization made up of member companies spanning information technology. A globally recognized and trusted authority, SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement and security of information. Members of the SNIA are part of this exciting and far-reaching set of activities and initiatives. SNIA is the point of cohesion for vendors, service providers, the channel, and consumers of data storage networking products and services, making membership a key to success in the storage, networking, and IT industry.

For more information, visit www.snia.org.

QUALITY POLICY

Everybody in the company is committed to contribute to the definition and application of the best practices that guarantee the Kalray Quality Policy. To do so, Kalray processes are in line with the ISO 9001:2015 quality standards (also called our Quality System).
The Quality System of Kalray is applicable to all Kalray employees worldwide. It is a living system so everybody should actively participate to the process definition and should propose improvements over time. Thus, we ensure that effective actions are taken so that we, at Kalray, have the appropriate organization to satisfy our customers, our shareholders and our employees.
More information on the Kalray quality policy can be found here.