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Senior Member of Technical Staff (Performance Engineering) - Opportunity for Working Remotely

Primary Location: Palo Alto,California

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Business Summary

The VMware Engineering Services team ensures our internal and external customers enjoy a high-quality experience across the entire product portfolio. Our goal is to provide compelling, innovative, scalable, and seamless engineering services, which will protect VMware’s brand reputation by continually improving customer satisfaction.

We bring together key R&D functions such as build, performance, security, developer tools, and more. We work hand-in-hand with development teams to focus on product innovation and industry-leading solutions.

Our priorities include investing in R&D talent, sharing best practices, and driving scale and agility in VMware products. 

Job Role and Responsibility

VMWare’s ESXi is the leading data center operating system in the world, used by 100% of Fortune 100 companies and 99% of Fortune 1000 companies, due to its advanced capabilities, performance, and quality. The vSphere Core Performance team optimizes the design and implementation of core hypervisor components to deliver maximum performance on emerging hardware.  We're looking for an enthusiastic Senior Member of Technical Staff with software performance optimization expertise on ARM processors or in the networking stack. You'll join as an integral part of a development team bringing new features and functionality to market.

In this role, you'll...

  • Collaborate closely with other engineers on product design and implementation to ensure performance and scalability of new software stacks.

  • Understand customer and product requirements. Identify critical workflows and opportunities to exploit new hardware capabilities. Define performance targets.

  • Create performance optimization plans. Specify performance evaluation criteria and measurement methodology. Scope, prioritize, and sequence performance characterization and analysis tasks.

  • Design experiments to uncover problems in common and uncommon use cases and configurations.

  • Analyze performance data from hardware counters, profiling tools, custom experiments, microbenchmarks, and application benchmarks.

  • Identify bottlenecks and optimization opportunities. Devise algorithms or code changes to maximize performance on both virtual and real hardware.

  • Troubleshoot and debug performance problems that involve multiple components and the entire stack (hardware, microcode, device drivers, hypervisor, guest OS, networking, storage, applications, etc.).

  • Effectively present data, conclusions, and recommendations. Be able to excite and persuade both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Optionally author patents, papers, presentations, blogs, and present at academic or industry conferences.

Required Skills

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar field.

  • 5+ years of relevant software industry experience with hands on performance analysis, design, and test experience

  • Solid understanding of computer system architecture and operating system internals (e.g. memory hierarchy, memory address translations, interrupts, NUMA, memory-mapped IO, PCI, etc.).

  • Kernel or networking driver development experience.

  • Proficient at Python or shell scripting.

  • Ability to exercise good judgement and operate independently.

  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and coordination skills.

Preferred Skills

  • Understanding of modern Intel and AMD x86-based CPU architectures and large multi-socket systems.

  • Solid understanding of virtualization technology.

  • Experience with virtualization environments (vSphere, Xen, Hyper-V, KVM, etc).

  • Full-stack performance analysis and optimization experience.

  • ARM development (AArch64/ARMv8 preferred).

  • Ability to learn new technologies or product areas quickly.

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For positions located in Colorado: The base salary range is Min $105000 - $179000. Bonus, commission, and/or equity may be eligible for this position.Additional benefits for this position can be found at*Note: Disclosure of Colorado pay and benefits required per sb19-1430

Category : Engineering and Technology
Subcategory: Software Engineering
Experience: Manager and Professional
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2021-05-19

VMware Company Overview: At VMware, we believe that software has the power to unlock new opportunities for people and our planet. We look beyond the barriers of compromise to engineer new ways to make technologies work together seamlessly. Our cloud, mobility, and security software form a flexible, consistent digital foundation for securely delivering the apps, services and experiences that are transforming business innovation around the globe. At the core of what we do are our people who deeply value execution, passion, integrity, customers, and community. Shape what’s possible today at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. Vmware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law. Job ID: R2018896
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