Nyriad Plans to increase its Engineering Team Threefold in the Next 12 Months

Cambridge, New Zealand (September 21, 2017) — A 3-year-old technology startup based in Waikato plans to triple its team over the next 12 months by hiring another 100 computer science and software engineering graduates from around New Zealand.

Cambridge-based Nyriad is working on the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope (SKA), which is the world’s largest computing project.

Nyriad’s technology is radically different from existing computing architectures, so the company needs to train young people in advanced parallel programming techniques related to those used in supercomputers and games consoles as early as possible in their career.

Nyriad has been hiring from local schools and University of Waikato. The region is quickly emerging as a hub for advanced software in the fields of machine learning and cybersecurity.

Matthew Simmons, CEO of Nyriad, stated, “We need a new generation of talent versed in parallel programming to enable computing at scales beyond today’s entire internet.”

The extreme scale of the SKA has resulted in a number of new technologies and programming techniques for parallel and distributed computing systems. Some of Nyriad’s existing team have come from the United States and Australia just to be exposed to SKA’s computing problems.

Nyriad is looking for students and graduates from computer science and engineering fields but will consider hiring anyone with strong maths and physics knowledge and train them in these programming techniques, which are not taught at universities - even in the United States.

Nyriad plans to build a highly advanced team of software and hardware experts in Cambridge, specifically in the fields of extreme scale data storage, compression, cryptography, and machine learning.

The company’s CTO & Co-Founder, Alex St. John, said, “The chips first designed for the DirectX APIs I designed at Microsoft for games are now being adopted in all modern supercomputing. Programming for GPUs is nothing like traditional CPUs, and using them on the scales our customers are building towards is an entirely new world full of unsolved problems. We are replacing key parts of the operating system that haven’t been touched for 30 years.”

Most of Nyriad’s existing team joined the company through the local communities in Cambridge and Hamilton. Its earliest interns were high school students in 2014 and now run engineering teams while studying at University of Waikato.

Nyriad believes that it’s important for engineers to complete degrees that give them the deep mathematics and physics knowledge required to tackle the next generation of computing scalability and security challenges. Over a dozen high school students who have worked with Nyriad received national Computer Science scholarships from University of Waikato.

Nyriad recently announced continued collaboration with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia.

About Nyriad

Nyriad is a New Zealand-based exascale computing company specialising in advanced data storage solutions for big data and high performance computing. Born out of its consulting work on the Square Kilometre Array Project, the company was forced to rethink the relationship between storage, processing and bandwidth to achieve a breakthrough in system stability and performance capable of processing and storing over 160TB/s of radio antennae data in real-time, within a power budget impossible with any modern IT solutions.


Nyriad Founder and CEO Matthew Simmons was Co-Founder of Arvus Group International Ltd., and inventor of dozens of signal processing technologies used by Dolby, DTS, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Pixar, Singtel, Park Road Post, NHK and Disney. He was CEO of the New Zealand Clean Energy Center and invented a high-temp solid state heat-transfer system for Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) and nuclear waste. When his business was decimated by the Christchurch earthquake in 2010, he resettled his family in Cambridge, New Zealand.

Nyriad Founder and CTO Alexander St. John was formerly CEO-Founder of WildTangent Inc., President & CTO of, former GM of the Microsoft Technology Evangelism Team, and he pioneered GPU computing. Creator of the Microsoft DirectX OS used by the DirectXbox, St. John also led development of the Windows 95 and Windows NT print, video, audio, 2D & 3D graphics, color management, font system, multiplayer and input architectures. Inventor of the streaming mapping technology used for Google Maps, he holds 23+ patents in compression, digital rights management (DRM), machine learning, streaming media, e-commerce, virtual currencies and online advertising.