Server Performance Architect

Location: Austin, Texas, US

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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What you do at AMD changes everything 

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.

The Role:

As a performance architect in the Server Performance Group you will be responsible for analyzing and optimizing workloads running on AMD based hardware in the cloud computing environments of our key partners.  This analysis spans the full stack including the application and related frameworks, the Java Virtual Machine, operating system (Linux and Windows Server), hypervisor, network and storage drivers, BIOS, CPU core, memory & I/O subsystems.

We collect and analyze performance profiling data and traces from customer deployments of AMD based servers to quantify and isolate performance bottlenecks and share the insights to drive features into the next generation of server CPUs and software stack components.


The Person:

Are you curious how sophisticated, next-gen CPUs and platforms should be engineered to support customers and industry trends? We would love to talk to you!


As an outstanding technical contributor with AMD, you’ll optimize performance of AMD-based next-generation servers for cloud and enterprise. Ideal for a hardworking, dedicated, and passionate performance engineer with a desire to work with architects to propose and implement solutions for processor and system performance issues.


Grow informed on the latest trends in the cloud (e.g. storage, security, IoT) and become prepared to give consultative direction with senior management. Determine, develop, prototype, and deliver software optimizations exploiting the hardware architecture.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for exploring opportunities to improve server performance through hardware & software co-optimization.
  • Debug performance issues and identify software stack specific issues and prototype solutions to fix them.
  • Micro-benchmarking, analyzing and tracing various benchmarks, workload characterization, competitive analysis on various hardware platforms, identifying bottlenecks and proposing feedback and solutions for performance improvement.
  • Deals with problems requiring groundbreaking approaches and champions innovation across the organization.
  • Work closely with other team members to understand design architecture and to propose solutions to improve/enhance performance with given SoC/IP and markets.


Preferred Experience:

  • Exposure to systems architecture – understanding across CPU, memory, storage and I/O subsystems
  • Exposure to cloud or enterprise software stacks such as Hadoop, Spark, Oracle or other database
  • Experience with performance profiling tools and hardware performance counter monitoring tools
  • Experience running, analyzing, and tuning system performance benchmarks
  • Solid programming skills in C or C++ for OS kernel (Linux and/or Windows) and systems development
  • Proficiency in principles and methods of microarchitecture, software, and hardware relevant to performance engineering


Academic Credentials:

  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science with emphasis on Computer Architecture performance studies preferred


Preferred Location:

  • Austin, TX; Santa Clara, CA / Boston, MA will also be considered.




Requisition Number: 142542 
Country: United States State: Texas City: Austin 
Job Function: Design


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