Lead Software Performance Engineer - 96303

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.

Lead Software Performance Engineer - 96303

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 passionate about 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.   


Come join our world class client engineering team providing rapid career growth advancement, and access to cutting edge client technologies, through its year over year record-breaking market share, product performance and revenue gains!


The Person:


You will apply your passion for performance and work hand-in-hand with our partners to identify areas of concern, develop novel approaches, and bring to bear 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, identifying 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 ISVs
  • Contribute performance improvements to OSS projects and identify other applications that may benefit
  • Develop technical relationships with your peers at our partner ISVs
  • Stay informed of software and hardware trends and innovations, especially pertaining to 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 these 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
  • Understanding 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 optimally
  • 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, Javascript
  • Familiarity with both Windows and Linux environments


Academic Credentials:


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




Remote role or Santa Clara, CA or Austin, TX  (The team has always worked remote)


AMD has top tier benefits with a focus on Work life balance


  • ​​​​​​​AMD is a government contractor and subcontractor. As required by Executive Order, our US employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s work location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021. AMD will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request an exception from this requirement if you have a need for a religious and/or medical accommodation.



Requisition Number: 96303 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Design


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