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IBM CPU HW Performance Validation Engineer in Austin, Texas


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Your Role and Responsibilities

We are seeking a CPU HW power/performance analysis engineer who can implement performance analysis to drive pre-silicon to post-silicon Power/Performance validation, optimization, and tuning of the POWER microprocessors for next generation IBM Cognitive Servers.

Your Impact:

As part of the world class team that designed some of the world's most reliable and scalable systems, you'll be a key part of the team to drive innovation into the next generation of POWER microprocessors.


Key member of the CPU design community responsible for driving seamless pre-silicon to post-silicon validation, optimization and tuning of power/performance for IBM POWER microprocessors. Develop a power/performance test plan and test cases to target the ISA, microarchitecture, the fundamentals of the design, application and hardware scaling, and generational benchmark improvements. Identify techniques for rapid design learning and propose solutions to alleviate design pinch points via performance analysis. Identify techniques for design tuning and HW algorithm optimization. Focus on continuous improvement of the HW design learning, validation, optimization, and tuning processes.

Key Qualifications:

The candidate will have previous experience with pre-silicon and post-silicon debug tools and methodologies. Experience in analyzing HW and SW performance of microprocessor designs. Experience working across HW validation, HW design, and SW development teams to resolve debug issues. Server microprocessor design experience preferred. HW validation experience preferred. Familiarity with POWER ISA preferred. A proven track record of working across teams to resolve complex problems. Ability to effectively communicate in written and verbal presentations is essential. Maintains an understanding of pipelines, caches, and complex SMP workloads. Scripting knowledge. Workload/Benchmark and tracing experience/knowledge.


At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 3+ years of HW design or validation experience

  • 2+ years in CPU performance analysis, and/or tuning

  • 1+ years HW tracing experience

  • Pre-Silicon Design Verification environment proficiency

  • Post-Silicon Design Validation environment proficiency

  • Perl or other scripting language proficiency

  • Ability to work cross-functionally to articulate, measure and solve performance issues

  • Passion for continuous improvement in building knowledge base both technically and professionally

  • Minimum BS OR MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related technical discipline or equivalent experience.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Knowledge of POWER ISA

  • Knowledge of competing architectures

  • Knowledge of firmware, OS, and compiler optimizations

  • Knowledge of server microprocessors and systems

  • C/C++ proficiency

  • Agile/ Scrum methodology experience

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*12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.

*World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.

*Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.

*Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).

*Select educational reimbursement opportunities.

*Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.

*Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.

*Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

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