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SW - System Performance Engineer

Toronto, Canada — Full-time

Join the most cutting-edge and well-funded hardware startup in Silicon Valley as a System Performance Engineer. Our mission is to reimagine silicon and create computing platforms that will transform the industry. You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and passionate engineers in the world to create designs that push the envelope on performance, energy efficiency and scalability. We offer a fun, creative and flexible work environment, with a shared vision to build products to change the world.

As a System Performance Engineer, you are responsible for working with a team to characterize and analyze processing performance of a production ready server system running real world work loads whilst using a data-driven methodology.   You will collaborate with hardware designers, performance analysis teams and modeling teams. In this role, there will also be an opportunity to engage broadly with our customers and third parties on enablement of new platforms, and optimizations in our microarchitecture.

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Minimum qualifications

  • BASc/BSc (or greater) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or similar program with a focus on Software Engineering
  • Experience in silicon performance monitoring, performance counters and analysis tools such as Linux perf, Intel VTune or similar
  • Deep current industry knowledge of Computer Architecture concepts, including high performance server class architecture, weak memory models, server platform design/constraints, data fabrics, and modern power management techniques
  • Strong understanding of code optimization, memory management, data coherency, concurrency and multi-threading, and experience in software performance analysis 
  • Excellent programming skills with demonstrated experience in C/C++ and build systems
  • Fast learner, adaptable, self-starter who can work both independently and collaborate well within a dynamic team environment. 
  • Strong problem solving and debugging skills
  • Excellent technical communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Good understanding of distributed revision control systems

Preferred qualifications

  • 5 years+ of demonstrated software engineering experience in performance analysis and optimization of silicon performance
  • Direct experience using external trace, debug interfaces and power management controllers in a modern CPU platform, for the purpose of debugging performance issues
  • Experience in performance analysis in a data center environment
  • Experience in working with Linux Open Source projects and toolchains
  • Experience developing software for server platforms and platform bringup
  • Experience delivering production quality, performant data processing products on a schedule

Role and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive plan to analyze, at the system level, potential bottlenecks to performance of customer representative workloads using a data-driven methodology as part of establishing production readiness
  • Collaborate with the internal performance teams to help drive performance debugging
  • Be active in the search for system optimizations of server class platforms, focused on ensuring that existing off-the-shelf Operating Systems, customer usage-scenarios, and applications run well
  • Participate in the design of software tools for the purpose of verifying performance and compliance of Nuvia products at the system level
  • Participate in the design and definition of system hardware monitoring in future products
  • Assist in the definition of future server class SoCs and platforms by identifying opportunities for enhancement
  • Assist in identifying skills requirements and building a team of engineers working on production software readiness, customer workload performance analysis, workload creation, compiler components and collaborating with other teams on bring-up/debug/diags
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