Sr. Staff Performance Architect

Engineering - Software San Jose, California


Position at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Job Title

Sr. Staff - Performance Architect


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Team Description

The Memory Platform Lab (MPL) is part of Samsung’s Memory Business Unit, the industry's technology and volume leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SRAM memory. MPL’s vision is to solve key problems & innovate new architecture Platforms for Cloud & Data center environments. We are an integral part of Samsung’s worldwide R&D Labs. We work closely with development teams to bring feature innovation to product roadmaps. We engage with customers, partners and the technology community in Silicon Valley to develop new products.

Team, Project and Impact

Come join the team that is creating new computing system architectures needed to support emerging applications like machine learning, internet of things (IoT) and edge computing. You’ll build experimental hardware, enhance systems software and applications to optimize the end-to-end architecture benefiting millions of users. You’ll publish cutting edge research papers and contribute to open source software.




  • Research architectural trade-offs of server architectures, especially as related to the memory hierarchy and storage systems
  • Work with emerging and established datacenter storage software stacks  to optimize and innovate for new memory and storage technologies
  • Propose changes to memory and storage systems to support new technologies that improve power or performance.
  • Define performance analysis methodology. Select commercially available tools or develop internal simulators as appropriate. Build out infrastructure, including models and test suites.
  • Create new and useful IP, publish at conferences, and generate whitepapers and specification documents.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MS or PhD in Computer Architecture, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 13+ years’ experience in system architecture and performance analysis
  • Good understanding of computer architecture: server systems, data centers, processors, memory hierarchy, memory subsystems, storage, I/O, networking.
  • Thorough knowledge of memory and storage systems. DRAM, flash and SSD.
  • Experience with  big-data applications(Hadoop NoSQL & RDBMS )  and benchmarks
  • Experience with datacenter   infrastructure (Virtualization, Containers, etc.)
  • Solid understand of Linux / Windows performance analysis tools and methods.
  • Direct experience building and deploying Linux kernel components.
  • Demonstrated ability building models to predict performance of future systems.
  • Working knowledge of data center tiers and the server system trade-offs involved is beneficial
  • Track record of innovation and creativity in problem solving

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research and development experience building and analyzing storage systems architecture for the datacenter
  • Strong background in C/C++ programming
  • Solid knowledge of performance analysis tools on Linux/Windows
  • Proficient in Python or other data analysis tools (R/Matlab, etc.)
  • Must be highly motivated with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully with cross-functional teams, including communicating across organizational boundaries and geographies.
  • Comfortable working in a multinational environment and understands how to leverage cultural diversity.

Samsung Semiconductor Inc (SSI), an equal opportunity employer, is a world leader in Memory, System LSI, and LCD technologies. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SSI is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.- the second largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and the industry's volume and technology leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SSDs, mobile DRAM and graphics memory. It is one of the largest providers of system logic, imaging and LED lighting solutions, as well as providing advanced process design and manufacturing for fabless companies. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. also has a research and innovation center with numerous labs providing product design and research in: logic, memory, image sensors, displays and mobile technologies. In addition, the company supports Samsung Display Company, the largest producer of LCD and OLED displays.

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