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Apple CPU Performance Engineer - Platform Architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CPU Performance Engineer - Platform Architecture

Cambridge,Massachusetts,United States


Do you have an uncommon desire to seek out and solve exceedingly difficult challenges rather than the easy ones? Do you believe that truly valuable and meaningful accomplishments are the result of pushing the limits of perseverance? Do you believe that a world-class team with relentless drive can surpass even their own high expectations? We do! But we also realize this job isn’t for everyone. What we do isn’t easy but you don’t take the easy path. We are seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and confident individuals to join the CPU Architecture and Performance Team; we are a group that is driving advanced exploration for next generation iPhone, iPad, and Mac CPU architectures.


As a CPU Performance Engineer with a focus on the memory subsystem, you will be part of a team that is defining and optimizing CPU and cache micro-architecture. With others, you will seek out areas for improvement while collecting data and measurements that either confirm the idea or rule it out. You will collaborate with experienced CPU and SoC designers in micro-architecture and RTL to assess the feasibility of ideas through modeling, refine ideas and model correlation, and seed new ideas. The role requires the analysis of specific single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads across existing and new product categories to identify bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement. We collaborate as a larger CPU architecture and performance team to maintain and improve the simulation environment and look for ways to boost the productivity of the entire team.

Minimum Qualifications

Key Qualifications

  • You should have strong knowledge of CPU and SoC architecture and micro-architecture

  • Be comfortable in an environment of uncertainty and able to work through ambiguities

  • You will need strong communication, influence, and negotiation skills

  • You will be working closely with others in a simulation environment to enable data driven decisions.

  • Familiarity with performance and/or power simulation environments

  • Strong coding skills including object-oriented programming with C and C++ Strong understanding of common data structures and algorithms

  • Knowledgeable in software design patterns

  • Proficiency in scripting languages such as Perl or Python

  • Familiarity with SIMD and vector architectures a plus

  • Knowledge of OS internals and compiler technology a plus

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience

BS and a minimum of 3 years relevant industry experience. MS or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science preferred.

Additional Requirements

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