Competitive Performance and Power Analyst - CPU - Cambridge, UK


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time



Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd

Job Area:

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > SoC Architecture

General Summary:

Qualcomm comprises a proven world-class CPU and technology design team, with industry-leading expertise in high performance processors, Systems on a Chip (SoC) and power management for compute-intensive devices and applications.

Make no mistake, this is a once in a generation opportunity to join a class leading CPU team in Cambridge developing silicon, no just IP .. actual product in multiple sectors! Qualcomm CPUs are expected to be integrated across our broad portfolio of product -, powering flagship smartphones, next-generation laptops, and digital cockpits, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions.

Where you will be working

Cambridge, located in the East of England, 50 miles north of London, is a unique and beautiful city, renowned for its world-class university and the thriving cluster of high technology businesses that have grown up around it. Cambridge is well served by road and rail links, and is within easy distance of the major London airports

About Us

At our Cambridge site we are focused on pioneering IoT and automotive technologies, with engineering areas of excellence including, Analogue and Digital Design, Voice and Music (Hardware, Software, OEM Support, Innovation).

Cambridge is our largest office in the UK, with more than 600 team members including engineers, business strategists and support staff.

Equal Opportunities & Equal Pay

We are an Equal Opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any protected classification.

Giving Back

Employees in Cambridge have a strong sense of community. We are encouraged through the philanthropic endeavours of the Qualcomm Foundation to support causes that matter to us.

What's on Offer

Apart from working in an open, relaxed and collaborative space, you will enjoy:

  • Salary, stock and performance related bonus
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Employee stock purchase scheme
  • Matching pension scheme
  • Education Assistance
  • Relocation and immigration support
  • Life, Medical, Income and Travel Insurance
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Bicycle purchase scheme
  • Employee run clubs, including, running, football, chess, badminton + many more

At Qualcomm we recognise all our personal circumstances differ. Therefore we have recently introduced a 'working from home' scheme that, alongside our flexi-time policy, provides our staff a custom working environment that is conducive for personal development and growth.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and 8+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience.

Our mission is to reimagine silicon and create computing platforms that will transform the industry. You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and passionate engineers in the world to create designs that push the envelope on performance, energy efficiency and scalability.

As a competitive performance and power analyst, you will be working on CPU performance and power characterization, bring up industry-standard workloads and benchmarks for competitive analysis, create microbenchmarks to better understand competition, model competition’s future performance-power and trace workloads to feed the inhouse full-chip performance model. This work will influence the company’s future SoC roadmap.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collecting power-performance data for various CPU workloads / benchmarks
  • Characterizing burst and sustained performance/power capabilities of systems
  • Conducting detailed workload characterization and sensitivity analysis
  • Writing micro-benchmarks to understand performance characteristics of a SoC
  • Collect traces to feed the performance simulation model
  • Build competitive performance prediction models
  • Present the power-performance data in a concise manner

Preferred Qualifications:

    MS degree in Electrical / Computer Engineering with 5 years of relevant experience

      Firm grasp of computer architecture and OS fundamentals

        Experience with characterizing industry standard benchmarks such as CPU2017, SpecJBB, PCMark, …

          Experience with hardware performance counter (PMU) and binary instrumentation tools

            Experience in writing micro-benchmarks to measure CPU power/performance characteristics

              Prior experience in tracing workloads to drive performance prediction models is a plus

                Experience with building competitive performance-power predictive models

                  Knowledge of the competitive landscape, feature specifications and industry trends in the server and client domain

                    Experience in Linux kernel internals / system programming

                      Strong scripting skills -- Bash / Perl / Python

                      *References to a particular number of years experience are for indicative purposes only. Applications from candidates with equivalent experience will be considered, provided that the candidate can demonstrate an ability to fulfill the principal duties of the role and possesses the required competencies.

                      Although this role has some expected minor physical activity, this should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. If you are an individual with a physical or mental disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm’s toll-free number found herefor assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities as part of our ongoing efforts to create an accessible workplace.

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