Competitive System Performance Test Engineer -164401

May 21, 2022
Austin, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

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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.

DSG Competitive System Performance Test Engineer 



AMD is searching for engineering talent to set and drive competitive system testing and lead technical evaluations for AMDs Data Center and Embedded Systems Group (DESG).  This individual will join a team of seasoned system engineers spanning hardware and software, from node level to rack level design, from BIOS and security to cloud native cloud computing, from memory technologies to high performance fabrics, from 5G to Automotive to Server/Storage, Cloud and more.  The DESG Architecture and Strategy team goal is to drive our technical strategy to inform and influence AMD’s Enterprise products, optimized for the vision of the future, via collaboration with internal stakeholders, customers, end users, and strategic partners.




Ideal candidates will have good understanding of CPU/GPU/APU/DPU/FPGA technologies, system level performance testing, system technology evaluation backgrounds, BIOS, FW, experience testing for performance, collaboration with various teams on evaluation and testing, drive performance testing excellence, accuracy and strategy. Ability to translate workload/application testing specs and outlines into system test methodologies across the entire HW and SW stack.


  • Ability to device and execute performance testing methodologies across diverse hardware and software components and stacks.
  • Ability to translate technical and test concepts into actionable plans and procedures.
  • Ability to drive hands on proof of concepts to collect data and facts.
  • Exceptional communication skills to address multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Skill in analyzing tradeoffs and making analytical, fact-based recommendations that have substantial technical impacts.
  • Ability to guide product definition using credible quantitative performance data insights developed by testing and interacting with CPU/GPU/APU/DPU/FPGA designers, end customers, ISVs/IHVs, and strategic partners.
  • Ability to build relationships with internal and external teams. Ability to work with strategic customers and partners to ensure that AMD enterprise and embedded products are built for performance to match the evolving needs of the market.
  • Collaboration skills to engage a team of engineering, product management and business development professionals to achieve outstanding results.



  • Independently develop and drive performance test procedures.
  • Create efficient POC testing environments through swift procurement, setup and install, download, tune, optimized, and calibrate competitive systems.
  • Tune BIOS and architectural knobs to optimize and test various configurations.
  • Processor(s), memory tier, IO, storage, network test execution.
  • Generate performance modeling and scaling parameters.
  • Evaluate Perf, Perf/$$, Perf/Watt, Perf/Core, IPC, bit/data rates, and throughput.
  • Performance counter, Performance Monitor, and Test SW based PU evaluations.
  • Run system and component levels testing for evaluation of diverse platforms.
  • Objectively evaluate competitive CPU/GPU/DPU/APU/FPGA feature sets for various workloads, applications, and benchmarks.
  • Partner with performance, testing, design/development, and product management teams in providing a unified and clear platform / system level testing strategy to influence and impact AMDs roadmap.
  • Work closely with our architects, performance gurus, and strategists to ensure coordinated and cooperative strategies with our Enterprise plans.
  • Drive reference and competitive platform testing. Partner with engineering on balance of internal / external execution.
  • Drive workload and application-level testing internally and with industry partners / ecosystem.
  • Work with OEMs, end customers, ISV/IHV partners to drive workload performance testing and develop cohort internal plans that facilitate joint test methodologies and mutual evaluation objectives.



  • Desired candidates will have experience in most of the areas below:
    • Deep understanding of x86, ARM, Power, and other computer architectures.
    • Experience testing platforms with diverse HW and SW components.
    • Experience with CPUs, GPUS, DPUs, ASICs, and FPGA testing.
    • BIOS and FW testing and tuning
    • Thorough experience with rudimentary benchmarks, workloads, test software, and applications like SPEC CPU, TPC, Stream, HPL, ML Perf, SPECvirt, VMmark, MLC, Perf Mon, VTune, and SFS.
    • Experience with a majority of the following technologies: Xeon, EPYC, eMAG, V/N/E ARM series, CXL, Gen-Z, UPI, Ethernet, AMBA AXI, APB, PCIe, PCI-X, PCI, SATA, ISA, LPC, VME, VXI, PXI, CSI, HyperTransport, Infiniband, I2C, SMBus, DDR



  • BS/MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering and 3-4 or more years of applicable experience



Team based out of Austin, Texas  



Requisition Number: 164401 
Country: United States State: Texas City: Austin 
Job Function: Design

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