Intel Lead SmartNIC Performance Architect in Santa Clara, California

Job Description

Intel's Data Center Group (DCG) is looking for a lead performance architect for its next generation, advanced SmartNIC products.

The performance architect will be responsible for a global view of product performance including defining requirements, projections to guide architecture decisions, modeling and simulation, pre-silicon and post-silicon validation planning.

The candidate will be the primary point-of-contact to architecture, engineering and marketing stakeholders with a focus on performance metrics. With multi-disciplinary expertise across SW/HW architecture as well as product performance methodologies, the candidate is expected to have a strong impact on both architecture direction and performance validation, In addition, the candidate is expected to guide a small team towards architecture trade-off analysis and a high quality performance engineering process. This is a new project in DCG's Connectivity Group with opportunities to have a significant impact on next generation network components and large scale datacenter systems.


  • MS or PhD with a minimum 5 years of industry experience.

  • Academic background in Computer and/or Network Architecture.

  • Strong C/C++ programming skills, experience with hands-on SystemC modeling and analytical/spreadsheet modeling.

  • Expertise in server network subsystems with a focus on modern Ethernet NIC hardware architectures and Host-NIC interactions

  • Expertise in performance analysis methodologies particularly pre-silicon simulation techniques.

  • Experience must be in the context of end-to-end performance analysis in a hardware product development context.

  • Familiarity with data center networking usage models.

Inside this Business Group

The Data Center Group (DCG) is at the heart of Intel’s transformation from a PC company to a company that runs the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices. The data center is the underpinning for every data-driven service, from artificial intelligence to 5G to high-performance computing, and DCG delivers the products and technologies—spanning software, processors, storage, I/O, and networking solutions—that fuel cloud, communications, enterprise, and government data centers around the world.

Other Locations

US, Texas, Austin

Posting Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance....

Position of Trust

This role is a Position of Trust. Should you accept this position, you must consent to and pass an extended Background Investigation, which includes (subject to country law), extended education, SEC sanctions, and additional criminal and civil checks. For internals, this investigation may or may not be completed prior to starting the position. For additional questions, please contact your Recruiter....