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Microsoft Corporation Software Engineer II - Azure Hardware Architecture in Alpharetta, Georgia

Join us to build the world’s fastest supercomputer! Our interdisciplinary team is solving cutting edge, mind bending technical challenges every day across software and hardware. This is your chance to impact the future of computing by contributing to the tools and technologies underpinning Azure's accelerated computing platform. Our team's innovative solutions are used to build and optimize the hardware accelerators that power some of Microsoft’s most important and strategic projects in the cloud.

Our software team works at the hardware/software interaction boundary and co-designs those interfaces with partner hardware teams. We are creating high-performance hardware abstraction components, customer facing APIs, computational kernel libraries and supporting simulator and performance analysis tools. If you are an experienced C/C++ developer and are excited about working on new and exotic hardware, embedded systems, operating system internals then this is the place for you.

You will work closely with customers of the accelerator, developers authoring firmware or kernels for it, and the hardware and other software teams building the accelerator. Key components for success in this role will be the ability to learn and adopt relevant new technologies, tools, methods and processes from Microsoft, industry, and the research community, while developing the team’s ability to consume these technologies.

You will be expected to collaborate across multiple workstreams and roles like architects, program management leads and engineering leads across the Azure Hardware Architecture Group. Excellent communication and presentation skills are important to be able to work with these partners and our customers.



  • Analysis and evaluation of proposed software designs and architectures

  • Software development in C++, Python, and other languages for specialized accelerators and host systems.

  • Software design.

  • Co-design with hardware partner teams on HW/SW interfaces.

  • Design and code review of peer work.


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. or advanced degree in computer engineering, computer science, or related fields

  • 2+ years of software development experience with 1+ years' of experience with C/+ Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years' experience with C/C++ 2+ years’ experience with Python

  • Strong intellectual curiosity and passion about learning new technologies

  • Customer and partner engagement experience with a demonstrated track record of success

  • Strong background in computer science fundamentals with specialized experience in one of the following: computer arithmetic, distributed systems, high performance computing, embedded systems design, processor and accelerator architecture, operating system design, compiler design

  • Experience with Python internals and experience integrating C/C++ and Python

  • Exposure to Deep Neural Network training and inference and experience in one or more deep learning frameworks (PyTorch, Tensorflow, Keras, CNTK, etc)

  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)

  • Great cross-team collaboration skills and the desire to collaborate in a team of researchers and developers

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

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