Vice President and Distinguished Engineer
System x and Blade Center Development and Energy Efficiency
Gregg McKnight is Vice President for IBM System x and BladeCenter
Development. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, Gregg
leads the Mechanical Design, Power and Thermal Engineering teams for System
x and BladeCenter products. In addition Gregg has leadership responsibility
for the System x and BladeCenter Energy Efficiency initiative and Emerging
Technologies for IBM’s multi-billion-dollar x86 business. This is the
fastest growing server segment in the world.
Having joined IBM in 1984, Gregg has nearly 25 years of experience in x86
server development. His consistent and outstanding technical achievements
over the years have earned Gregg the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer,
one of the company’s top technical honors. Gregg provides leadership on
complex projects in everything from product development to customer
solutions and he engages in daily work on applied technology. Gregg is a
hands-on practitioner who takes new technologies and makes them real for
colleagues and customers by implementing new processes and architecting new
products. Prior to becoming Vice President of Mechnical, Power and Cooling
Development, Gregg was Chief Technology Officer for the IBM System x group.
In that role, Gregg was the lead systems architect on the revolutionary new
iDataPlex sever program designed for Internet-scale and HPC data centers.
Gregg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Penn State
With extensive experience in server systems architecture, systems design,
and systems performance, Gregg has been instrumental in the development and
energy efficiency optimization of IBM’s System x and BladeCenter systems.
In his personal life, Gregg enjoys his family, running, and cycling; he
thrives on technology and is an instrument-rated pilot.