Software System Designer 2

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.

Software System Designer 2


The Role: 


Great opportunity for new college graduates and early career professionals!

AMD is looking for a software engineer for a high impact role in Software Performance Engineering focused on analyzing and predicting 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: 


The ideal candidate would be curious and methodical in investigating the interaction between hardware and software, and impacts on performance, power, and user experience. You would be jumping into the internals of widely used software, developing tools and techniques to instrument and measure performance, and testing on the latest and upcoming AMD hardware. You will have the support of and interact closely with key AMD technical specialists across hardware and software specialties. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Instrument existing code to help analyze AMD strengths and weaknesses in application performance, finding performance bottlenecks 

  • Characterize workloads to project performance using simulations of unreleased hardware 

  • Improve and develop tools to aid in instrumentation and characterization 

  • Isolate and exemplify identified bottlenecks for further investigation 

  • Apply a data minded approach to target investigation efforts 

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


Preferred Experience: 

  • Knowledge of x86 computer architecture 

  • Experience identifying performance bottlenecks on any platform 

  • Excellent Knowledge of C/C++ programming 

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

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

  • 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 



  • 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. 


Location:  Santa Clara, CA;  Austin, TX 



Requisition Number: 157883 
Country: United States State: California City: Santa Clara 
Job Function: Design  


Benefits offered are described here.


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