Rex Computing, USA
Thomas Sohmers is the founder and CEO of REX Computing, a fabless semiconductor startup that is focusing on developing a new processor architecture targeted at performance, energy efficiency, and scalability for modern high end signal processing and supercomputing workloads. He began working at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies when he was 13 years old designing and building HPC clusters, and later started REX Computing to tackle the energy efficiency and scalability gap preventing a clear path to exascale. After securing DARPA and venture capital backing in 2015, REX will be taping out its first silicon in the spring of 2016 along with unveiling its revolutionary processor, and compiler advancements enabling exascale systems to be built in this decade. At REX, he leads architectural design and development in building and commercializing a new processor architecture capable of a 10x energy efficiency improvement over the current state of the art. While never completing a formal degree program, Thomas has long studied electronics and computer architecture, and prides himself in an extensive knowledge of computer sytems and history. Most recently, he has been a recipient of the 2013 Thiel “20 under 20” Fellowship, and featured in the 2015 Forbes “30 under 30” list.