Executive Team



"Rado" Danilak has over 25 years of industry experience and over 100 patents designing state-of-the-art processing systems. In 2016 he founded Tachyum to disrupt markets by solving the processing performance plateau of nanometer class chips.

Rado was founder and CEO of Skyera, a supplier of ultra-dense solid-state storage systems, acquired by WD in 2014. As CEO he won the 2013 Gold Tech Awards Circle for Emerging Company Executive of the Year. At Wave Computing, Rado architected the 10GHz Processing Element of deep learning DPU.

Rado was cofounder and CTO of SandForce acquired by LSI in 2011 for $377M. Rado pioneered enterprise and consumer MLC flash controllers and solved endurance limited by device physics. He was a chipset and GPU architect at nVidia, a CPU architect at Nishan Systems and Toshiba, and chief architect of 64b x86 CPU at Gizmo Tech.

The Microprocessor Report said Rado "has developed some interesting ideas that show significant promise in delivering performance better than that of the leading processors expected in near future... these ideas are likely to appear in other next-generation instruction sets, including the HP/Intel IA-64."

Dr. Danilak is U.S. citizen born in Slovakia, and serves on the Slovak government's Innovation Advisory Board. He is a member of the IDC Technical Computing Advisory Panel, the Forbes Technology Council, a contributor to TechTarget, and a member of IEEE. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the TUKE Slovakia, where he taught compiler courses.

Ken Wagner,

CO-FOUNDER and VP Business Development

Tachyum was co-founded by Ken Wagner, who is also a co-founder of Wave Semiconductor (originally, an asynchronous processor company), Silicon Analytics (a chip synthesis tools company), and Theseus Logic (a clockless logic company).

His previous experience in Aerospace & Defense includes a stint at Honeywell Systems & Research Center as a Project Chief in their Advanced Systems Division, where he developed the first photo-based simulator for astronaut zero-G training, which provided real-time, six degree-of-freedom on-orbit simulations of the Space Shuttle mid deck. Wagner also co- founded Honeywell's Anti-Submarine Warfare Research Office and in that capacity completed US Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare training in San Diego. He worked closely with Honeywell Marine Systems Division, technology transfer and business development strategy for the MK48 ADCAP, and MK-50 torpedoes.

Wagner previously worked for Singer-Link, a flight simulation company, in Binghamton NY and Houston TX, as their Marketing Manager for Fighter Programs. In that capacity, he led the business development efforts for the F-16 Weapons System Trainer, both in the US and throughout European Participating Governments. He also worked with company specialists and NASA astronauts to insure maximum transfer-of-training on Singer-Link’s Space Shuttle simulator.

He is a native US Citizen, who served as a USAF Pilot (49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, where he was an Instructor Pilot and Squadron Test Pilot), and as an A-10 Pilot with the Air National Guard.

Wagner, matriculating on a full academic scholarship, graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken N.J. with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree; he subsequently graduated from USAF Undergraduate Pilot training and was awarded his wings at Columbus AFB, MS. He is the Principal Inventor of a US Patent for a Covert Radionavigation System.

Our Advisors

Melvin Cordova

Melvin Cordova, a veteran and proven executive in the defense and intelligence technology industry, carries the appropriate security clearances and serve as the official contact for federal customers looking to leverage Tachyum’s Prodigy Universal Processor for their demanding HPC, artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. With more than 30 years of experience leading military and intelligence innovation, managing critical programs, and building consensus within the defense and intelligence industries, Cordova specializes in providing operational advisory services to technology companies doing business with the Department of Defense and intelligence community organizations. His focus is on identifying emerging threats and managing the velocity and complexity of technology innovation for high-stakes environments to counter those threats.

Cordova served 22 years on active duty in the United States Navy, in the fields of electricity, electronics, and interior communications. Among his professional experience, he served eight-years as a GG-15 at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), in roles that include; Secretariat for the Innovation Advisory Board, Office of the Deputy Director; Senior Program Manager for the Technology Action Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, DIA, addressing the most difficult problems of IT, Analysis, MASINT, and HUMINT. Cordova led DoD’s investments in In-Q-Tel’s (CIA’s Venture Capital arm) portfolio companies, managed DIA participation in military exercises and led the transition of several important technologies to fully qualified operational use. These efforts earned him recognition from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for his collaboration and leadership. Cordova also served 3-1/2 years in the Defense HUMINT Management Office, Technology Tradecraft Office, as senior program manager, deputy chief and acting chief. He also served as Chief of the DIA Contracting Office in Baghdad, Iraq, providing oversight for all Iraq Survey Group contracts.



LIEUTENANT GENERAL (RETIRED) RICHARD ZAHNER brings extensive leadership experience and knowledge of intelligence operations that support the company's efforts in providing strategic value to the military and defense communities.

LTG(R) Zahner is a career military intelligence officer with extensive leadership experience in intelligence operations at the Combatant Command, Operational Theater and National Security Agency levels. He also directed critical institutional modernization initiatives of both intelligence and cyber forces for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army.

During a 36-year career, LTG(R) Zahner's diverse assignments included service in Airborne, Special Operations, Special Mission and Heavy ground forces. He also served as the Director of Signals Intelligence, National Security Agency and as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence and War-fighting Support). Since retirement, LTG(R) Zahner has advised OSD (OUSDI) on cyber policy and Joint Intelligence Centers; served on a number of NSA Advisory Board panels and DARPA- sponsored innovation initiatives; and supported develop of hybrid airship technology for persistent intelligence and Multi-Domain Operations support.

"Prodigy's unique attributes set the conditions to create a computing architecture fully aligned with the operational and strategic imperatives of our national strategy."