Application Development Engineer - 74783

Location: Santa Clara, 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.

Application Development Engineer - 74783

AMD is looking for a senior software engineer for an exciting, high impact, role in Performance Optimization Engineeringfocusing on optimizing the performance of major applications on our CPUs.  You will be a member of a core team of high-talent industry experts and will work with the very latest hardware and software technology.

You will apply your passion for CPU and GPU computer algorithms to work hand-in-hand with our partners using the results to identify areas of concern, develop novel approaches that best take advantage of our architecture to improve performance on AMD platforms. You will have the support of and interact closely with key AMD technical experts to ensure the best possible performance, X-factors and results.

Some travel will be involved as you visit our partners at their locations as needed for co-engineering efforts and education.



  • Identify and analyze AMD strengths and weaknesses in application performance, including but not limited to
  • Identify performance bottlenecks
  • Use all available tools and/or source code to determine the nature of the identified bottleneck at a low level
  • Examine how different datasets affect the identified bottleneck
  • Work to mitigate identified bottlenecks
  • Work with AMD’s architecture experts to create potential solutions and/or suggestions for how future products could improve performance.
  • Apply a data-driven approach to target optimization efforts
  • Research alternative, more efficient ways to accomplish the same work and promote these to ISVs
  • Contribute performance enhancements to OSS projects
  • Identify other applications that would benefit from these enhancements
  • Develop technical relationships with your peers at our partner ISVs
  • Stay current with software and hardware trends and innovations, especially pertaining to algorithms and architecture
  • Be an expert in the performance characteristics of mainstream CPUs. 



  • Knowledge of PC architecture
  • Deep Knowledge of C/C++ programming.
  • Knowledge of interpreted languages such as Javascript, Python, Lua
  • Knowledge of modern concurrent programming
  • Knowledge of x86 assembler language and x86/x64 CPU instructions is a plus
  • Knowledge of OpenCL is a plus
  • Good communication skill and able to work with stakeholders effectively
  • Knowledge of Computer Graphics, especially Vulkan is a plus
  • Knowledge of open source development process
  • Self-starter, passionate about performance


  • Experience developing CAD application software is a plus
  • Experience developing animation and rendering software is a plus
  • Experience developing highly parallel applications and algorithms is a plus
  • Experience developing professional video editing and effects applications is a plus



  • Bachelors or master’s degree in electronics/computer engineering or computer science.


  • Santa Clara, California
  • Austin, Texas
  • Telecommute from home office.



AMD does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services. AMD and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. We consider candidates regardless of age, ancestry, color, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religion, political and/or third party affiliation, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status. Please click here for more information.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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