CPU Performance Engineer

Location: Austin, Texas, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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At AMD, we push the boundaries of what is possible.  We believe in changing the world for the better by driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies – building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the data center. 

Developing great technology takes more than talent: it takes amazing people who understand collaboration, respect, and who will go the “extra mile” to achieve unthinkable results.  It takes people who have the passion and desire to disrupt the status quo, push boundaries, deliver innovation, and change the world.   If you have this type of passion, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come join our team.

CPU Performance Engineer


The Role:

Do you thrive in finding performance in areas others cannot?

If so, we have a role with AMD's Client CPU performance team whose directive is to analyze performance and drive next generation CPU core hardware and software optimizations on key applications for AMD’s notebook and desktop processors. This role will involve analyzing and tracing system-level workloads, performance analysis on internal and competitive hardware platforms and the development of tools and methodologies for workloads analysis and data collection.


The Person:

We are looking for individuals with a pre-silicon hardware and software focus who can help optimize our CPU SOCs and drive features into upcoming chip designs. Proven skills in data collection and analysis, performance feature characterization, performance debugging, software (especially in the Windows environment), hardware, and computer architecture are highly desired for this role. The ability to lead high-visibility projects is also high desired.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with CPU micro-architects and designers to optimize future CPU cores either as a team member or leader
  • Analyze the competition and identify areas for future improvement in our products
  • Characterize workloads, project performance, and debug performance problems
  • Run performance simulations and analyze results to evaluate CPU architectural features
  • Enhance existing application tracing techniques
  • Develop and maintain tools for data collection and analysis
  • Execute post-silicon debug/tuning efforts to ensure AMD processors are fully performance optimized
  • Job responsibilities also include multi-discipline interactions with microprocessor architects, ISA definition owners, software optimizers, compiler team, logic designers, and verification engineers to identify, resolve and document architectural performance issues.


Preferred Experience:

  • 5 - 7 years of prior industry / academic experience
  • Strong experience with computing software, including operating systems, hypervisors, compilers, drivers, and workloads
  • Experience with computer architecture, system simulation, and performance evaluation
  • Experience analyzing system bottlenecks and optimizing computing systems for performance
  • Adept at mathematical and statistical modeling
  • Experienced with x86 instruction set processors
  • Proficient in C/C++ programming and software engineering concepts
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to work cross functionally with both internal and external client facing engineering teams that are geographically dispersed.


Academic Credentials:

  • Bachelors, Master’s or PhD degree in Electronics/Computer Engineering or Computer Science with emphasis on computer architecture preferred.




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