Late final night time, PC Perspective confirmed rumors that Raja Koduri, AMD's Radeon Applied sciences Group (RTG) Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, is to go on sabbatical. Sourcing Raja’s inner letter to the RTG crew, he can be taking depart from September 25 till an unspecified date in December, to spend time together with his household. Dr Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, will lead RTG within the interim.

As reproduced by Ryan Shrout, Raja’s letter is as follows:

RTG Workforce,

You haven’t heard from me collectively shortly – a symptom not solely of the whirlwind of launching Vega, however merely of the large variety of calls for on my time because the formation of RTG. Trying again over this quick interval, it’s a powerful view. We’ve delivered 6 straight quarters of double-digit progress in graphics, culminating within the launch of Vega and being again in high-performance. What we have now carried out with Vega is unparalleled. We entered the high-end gaming, skilled workstation and machine intelligence markets with Vega in a really quick time frame. The demand for Vega (and Polaris!) is incredible, and general momentum for our graphics is robust.

Extremely, we as AMD additionally managed to spectacularly re-enter the high-performance CPU segments this yr. We’re all exceptionally happy with Ryzen, Epyc and Threadripper. The computing world just isn’t the identical anymore and the entire world is cheering for AMD. Congratulations and because of these of you in RTG who helped see these merchandise by way of. The marketplace for high-performance computing is on an explosive progress trajectory pushed by machine intelligence, visible cloud, blockchain and different thrilling new workloads. Our imaginative and prescient of immersive and instinctive computing is inside grasp. As we enter 2018, I can be shifting my focus extra towards architecting and realizing this imaginative and prescient and rebalancing my operational tasks.

Initially of the yr I warned that Vega can be laborious. On the time, some of us didn’t imagine me. Now a lot of you perceive what I stated. Vega was certainly laborious on many, and my honest heartfelt due to all of you who endured the Vega journey with me. Vega was personally laborious on me as properly and I used up numerous household credit throughout this journey. I’ve determined to take a time-off in This autumn to spend time with my household. I’ve been considering this for some time now and there was by no means a very good time to do that. Lisa and I agreed that This autumn is healthier than 2018, earlier than the subsequent wave of product pleasure. Lisa can be appearing because the chief of RTG throughout by absence. My honest due to Lisa and remainder of AET for supporting me on this choice and agreeing to tackle extra workload throughout my absence.

I’m trying to begin my time-off on Sept 25th and return in December.

Thanks, all of you, in your unwavering focus, dedication and help over these previous months, and for serving to us to construct one thing unimaginable. We aren’t carried out but, and preserve the momentum going!

Regards, Raja

Since his return to AMD in 2013 and the reformation of a monolithic graphics division with RTG in 2015, Raja has overseen and led all points of AMD graphics and software program. Raja’s public presence and involvement render him the face of graphics at AMD, in all senses of the phrase, from Capsaicin occasions to Twitter and Reddit. Following Vega’s launch, Raja had taken two weeks trip to go to household, following visits to firm websites in India.

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Given the information in his letter, we hope all is properly.