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Exascale Simulation Infrastructure Architect

What you will do

The Compute System Architecture (CSA) unit at imec desires to build RISC-V based zetta-scale AI/HPC hardware and software solutions co-designed. We are backed by a broad in-house R&D expertise, creating a new AI computing paradigm that will move the industry forward for many years to come. Designed in tune with advanced silicon geometry, novel communication technology, our architecture provides high-performance AI computing solutions in reliability, security, and power consumption at scale. We analyze emerging usage models, build hardware and software prototypes for data-driven computing hardware capable of zetta-scale performance.

We are looking for a simulation infrastructure architect to be part of our infrastructure modeling team to help path find for next generation AI/HPC architectures under a technology, architecture, application co-design regime. Your role in the team spans a combination of the following responsibilities: development of the simulation infrastructure and integration of component models (cycle-accurate/cycle-level detail); optimization of the simulation infrastructure (distributed / shared memory based parallel execution); working with component/system/workload modelling architects and propose and take initiatives to adapt simulation methodology and to manage design of experiments to enable efficient pathfinding.

In this role you will:

  • Explore, design, and innovate in direction for designing AI and HPC machines
  • Provide technical leadership and drive technical direction for components of the HPC system
  • Be able to interact with architects to create designs for system software components and ability to efficiently implement those components
  • Participate in cross-site, cross-function team collaborations
  • Be able to conduct experiments to allow the analysis of performance implications of architectural design decisions
  • Be able to effective in technically interacting with architects as well as other engineers

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. In everything we do, your future colleagues are guided by the imec values of passion, excellence, connectedness, and integrity. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process, not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Computer Science or Electrical/Computer Engineering with 5+ years in scalable HPC systems
  • Experience designing and coding system software (operating system, runtimes, messaging, frameworks, etc.) for HPC and AI machines
  • Hands-on experience lead and HPC architecture co-design effort
  • Strong C/C++ skills with relevant programming skills (e.g., python, high-performance parallel programming / MPI / OpenMP / ...) working in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Strong debugging and analytical skills to debug modelling / performance issues.
  • Hands-on experience with modelling (functional and/or performance/PPA): e.g., SystemC /Gem5 /Sniper / Any-other
  • Organized, and familiar with and follow good CI/CD practices with tools such as Jira, Git
  • Strong communication skills in English, allowing you to perform well in a multicultural team and in close collaboration with our partners.
  • The ability to quickly embrace new technological paradigms.
  • Pragmatic and concise in your approach, you enjoy working with a focus on (collaborative) problem solving.

A great candidate is familiar with one or more of these:

  • Experience in performance analysis of sophisticated systems.
  • Experience with low latency and performance-oriented coding.
  • Successful product development experience in performance modelling and analysis is a big plus.
  • Experience with the use, creation or managing of simulation products or projects
  • Knowledge of CPU and/or GPU architecture




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