Senior Software Performance Engineer - 142082

Location: Santa Clara, California, 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.

Senior Software Performance Engineer.


The Role: 

Do you love tuning code to extract every last bit of performance? 

If so, AMD is looking for a senior software engineer for a high impact role in Software Performance Engineering focused on improving the performance of key applications and benchmarks. You will be a member of a core team of high-talent industry specialists and will work with the very latest hardware and software technology. 


The Person: 

You will apply your passion for performance and work together with our partners to identify areas of concern, develop novel approaches, and leverage insider knowledge about our architecture to improve performance on AMD platforms. You will have the support of and interact closely with key AMD technical specialists to ensure the best possible performance, X-factors and results. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Identify and analyze AMD strengths and weaknesses in application performance, finding performance bottlenecks 

  • Use all available tools and/or source code to determine the nature of the identified bottleneck 

  • Design solutions or workarounds to mitigate identified bottlenecks 

  • Work with AMD’s architecture specialists to improve future products 

  • Apply a data minded approach to target optimization efforts 

  • Research alternative, more efficient ways to accomplish the same work and promote these to software vendors 

  • Contribute performance improvements to open-source projects and identify other applications that may benefit 

  • Develop technical relationships with your peers at our partner software vendors 

  • Stay informed of software and hardware trends and innovations, especially in algorithms and architecture 

  • Be a specialist in the performance characteristics of mainstream CPUs 

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


Preferred Experience: 

  • Experience identifying performance bottlenecks on any platform 

  • Deep Knowledge of C/C++ programming 

  • Experience using CPU profilers such as vTune, WPA, MSVS Performance Profiler 

  • Knowledge of SIMD instructions such as SSE, AVX, NEON 

  • Knowledge of modern concurrent programming and threading APIs 

  • Knowledge of CPU architecture 

  • Familiarity with modern source version control such as Git, Mercurial 

  • Excellent communication skills and able to work with partners effectively 

  • Self-starter, passionate about performance 



  • Experience developing highly parallel applications and algorithms 

  • Experience with power/performance tuning 

  • Knowledge of modern compiler toolchains and optimizations 

  • Knowledge of x86/x64 assembly language and special instructions 

  • Knowledge of interpreted languages such as Python and JavaScript 

  • Familiarity with both Windows and Linux environments 


Academic Credentials: 

At least a BS/MS in computer science, computer engineering or a related field. 



Santa Clara, CA or Austin, TX preferred, remote opportunities available.




Requisition Number: 142082 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Design


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