About Lucata

“Today’s computer architectures are basically the same as they were 50 years ago. No one could have predicted then the vast data sets organizations would employ today – it no longer makes sense to move mountains of data in and out of the CPU’s. At Lucata we dared to conceive a computer that addresses this challenge from the ground up.”

– Marty Deneroff, Lucata CEO and Chief Technologist

The next-generation Lucata computer architecture enables organizations to accelerate and scale graph analytics orders of magnitude beyond the capabilities of existing approaches. Lucata leverages patented migrating thread technology to massively scale unified memory and perform high performance, multi-hop analytics, including exhaustive breadth-first search (BFS), on unpruned, unsharded scale 40 databases and beyond. You can now analyze deeper connections on much larger graphs – using existing graph database software or custom graph solutions – than ever before possible. Lucata solutions support groundbreaking graph analytics and improved machine learning for organizations in financial services, cybersecurity, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, ecommerce, government and more. The company has offices in Palo Alto, New York City, and South Bend, Indiana.


Marty Deneroff, Chief Executive Officer


Marty’s prior experience includes VP Server and Micro-Processor Engineering at SGI where he was responsible for delivering systems and VP Engineering at D.E. Shaw Research where he was chief architect of the Anton. Marty has 30+ yrs. experience in the industry in a variety of capacities

Jim Light, VP of Business Development


Jim Light has over five decades in the high-tech industry and has held multiple technical, sales, business and development, and strategic alliance positions during his career. Before joining Lucata, Jim joined Blue Prism.  There he was responsible for the sale Blue Prism RPA robots to the top Telecommunications, Media, and High-Tech companies in the US. Jim previously spent ten years at EMC, leading the creation and development of global system integrators and the SAP partnership.  Both were instrumental to EMC’s meteoric growth in the mid to late 90s. In 2002 Jim was awarded EMC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to EMC. Jim has start-up experience. He was a top sales contributor at Alliant Computer, and Kendall Square Research, two shared memory MPP companies. He also led sales at Solbourne Computer, producer of a high-performance SunOs compatible server.

Frank Brown, Chief Financial Officer


Frank Brown brings more than 30 years of financial management and operations experience in the technology industry to Lucata.  Most recently, he was CFO at RiskSense until its acquisition by Ivanti. Previously, he was interim CFO at SpringCM, a high growth SaaS company ultimately acquired by DocuSign, and CFO and Chief Operating Officer at Attensity, an industry pioneer in Big Data analytics and artificial intelligence, until its acquisition by InContact in 2016. Frank’s background includes experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist and software developer with Oracle and Accenture. He was also Managing Partner of Amber Ventures Consulting, where he mentored and served as an executive for emerging technology companies, helping them achieve operational and process improvements to optimize cash flow and profitability. Frank holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Board of Directors

John Donovan, Former CEO of AT&T Communications


James Hunt, Managing Partner Lavrock Ventures

David Sutherland, President Middleburg Capital

Bob Bishop, President & Founder of the ICES Foundation

Kevin Connors, Founder, Orbit Venture Partners

Board of Advisors


Dr. Charles Leiserson, Edwin Sibley Webster Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT




Don Haderle, IBM (retired)


Peter M.Kogge, Ph.D. – Founder

Peter is a Chaired Professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering . Peter is an IBM Fellow and the 2012 Seymour Cray Award winner among other awards. Prior to academia, he spent 26 yrs. with IBM Federal. Peter’s undergraduate degree is from Notre Dame and he has a Ph.D. from Stanford in Electrical Engineering.

Jay Brockman, Ph.D. – Founder

Jay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and an Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at Notre Dame. He spent four years at Intel prior to academia. Carnegie Mellon Ph.D., ND Professor, 4 yr. Senior Product Engineer at Intel, 28 yrs. in academia with most recent 22 years being at Notre Dame.

Ed Upchurch, Ph.D. – Founder

Ed Upchurch has served as a member of the board of directors since its incorporation and functioned as CEO until completion of Emu’s first round of funding in 2014. Ed retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2014 and is currently a visiting associate in Caltech’s Physics, Math and Astronomy Division, and Senior Scientist at ID Technology Partners. He holds a MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a PhD in computer engineering from the University of Texas Austin.