Senior Processor Architect for Networking & Storage Systems

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.

The Role:

As a Senior Architect in the Embedded Business Unit, you will develop and analyze CPU and system level solutions that are based on AMD products including x86 processors, integrated CPU + GPU SoCs, and GPUs.

The Person:

You have a demonstrated ability to establish and drive to goals including plan of record, timelines, budget, scope, performance and quality will be critical to success.  A passion for creating plans and working with a diverse list of internal and external customers is necessary for this critical and highly visible role.  You are a team player who makes and meets commitments, and demonstrates an aptitude to thrive in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment.


Key Responsbilities:

  • Complete solutions mean target system use cases and applications for the target market segments that Embedded business unit focuses on.
  • Specific segments include networking, security/firewall, storage, wireless infrastructure, edge computing, industrial IoT, automotive, and embedded.  Complete solutions include all hardware, firmware and software components in a system.
  • You will develop reference architecture and implementations for target use cases and optimization recipes for maximizing application performance, and innovation which enables strong differentiation of AMD based solutions.
  • You will author reference architecture documents, technical papers, application notes, solution briefs, and customer-ready presentations for helping customers architect and design AMD x86 processor based platforms.
  • You will be a hands-on expert focusing on AMD x86 processor architecture (including x86 ISA, SoC architecture, RAS features, security features, etc.), firmware (e.g. UEFI and others), performance analysis and system architecture including x86 processor, memory hierarchy and peripheral system components. You will collaborate with customers, partners and internal product and engineering teams as a technical expert with deep domain expertise.

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong expertise in computer architecture, SoC architecture, accelerators, memory hierarchy, firmware/BIOS (UEFI, Coreboot, etc.), BMC, system software, secure boot, hardware root-of-trust, TPM, security architecture.
  • Strong expertise in architecture and system use cases of PCIe (e.g. NTB, hot-plug support, error reporting and handling), CXL, Ethernet is highly desired.
  • Strong experience in working with data plane and control plane architectures in networking devices, 5G RAN.
  • Experience working with packet forwarding mechanisms and performance analysis, using Open Vswitch, DPDK; security protocols like IPSec, TLS; offload with accelerators or smart NICs, P4; storage applications using SPDK, ISA-L; virtualization or container environment and orchestration like Kubernetes.
  • Strong in system design and architecture of networking products involving switching, routing and security, storage systems, wireless infrastructure equipment and telco applications.
  • Experience with Linux system programming (e.g. sockets, files, shared memory, multi-threaded programming/process synchronization.)
  • Good understanding and working knowledge of Layer 3/ Layer 4 network protocols such as TCP/IP.
  • Understanding of 5G/LTE protocol is desired.
  • Strong passion and experience in performance analysis, performance optimization, troubleshooting, debugging complex systems and possess excellent problem-solving techniques.
  • Expertise in C and at least one scripting language like shell script, python etc. is desired.
  • Experience with TCP/IP and knowledgeable with common standard IP protocols such as ARP, IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP, IPSec, TLS, etc. is desired.
  • Experience with GPU programming is desired.


Academic Credentials:

  • 8+ years of experience, with a BS or MS degree, in developing system architecture, CPU sub-system. firmware, system software and/or applications for a wired and/or wireless networking equipment or storage system.  Note that this is related to system architecture level expertise, as opposed to hardware board design and signal integrity.



  • Santa Clara, California



Requisition Number: 107621 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Design
Hiring Manager: Kin-Yip Liu


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