AWS AQUA- Software Development Engineer III

2 months agoRedmond, WA


AWS is building a new distributed query accelerator that provides the foundation for a next wave of performance improvement and innovation in cloud-based analytics. AQUA, Advanced Query Accelerator, was designed from the ground up to minimize unnecessary data movement by using large, high-speed caches, custom hardware, and by pushing reduction and aggregation computation closer to rapidly expanding analytics data. AQUA uses hardware acceleration to efficiently filter and aggregate data and minimize data transmission over the network by sending only the results. This new capability enables AWS Redshift to run up to 10x faster than any other cloud data warehouse. As data warehouses continue to grow over the next few years, the network bandwidth needed to move all this data becomes a bottleneck on query performance. AQUA takes a novel approach to cloud data warehousing, AQUA brings the compute to storage by doing a substantial share of data processing in-place on an innovative new query accelerator. In addition, it uses AWS-designed processors and a scale-out architecture to accelerate data processing beyond anything traditional CPUs can do.
We are looking for contributors in areas of storage, hardware-software abstraction and co-design, query processing, data and control plane development for multi-tenant, distributed systems, hardware design verification and database performance engineering to help us build this new technology and integrate into analytics platforms.
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We are looking for software engineers who have experience with AWS Cloud technologies or similar Cloud technologies, Java/Kotlin/C++ programming languages, a good understanding of modern data structures and algorithms and has experience with distributed systems or high performance computing with a desire to apply those skill sets to core AQUA query accelerator engine.

In this role, you will have responsibility for:
• Design, development, testing and deployment of AWS cloud services Routing, Load balancing, Lambda, VPC, Containers, and Fleet monitoring and management
• Translating functional and technical requirements into detailed architecture and design.
• Participating in code and design reviews to maintain our high development standards.
• Working with other teams to deliver and operate large scale, distributed services in the cloud
• Developing system architecture with scalability, reliability, availability and performance

Further, we are looking for engineers with customer success focus and the ability to convert their experiences into visionary ground-breaking product enhancements. Finally, the engineer should have the desire to have an industry wide impact and ability to work within a fast moving, startup environment in a large company to rapidly deliver services that have a broad business impact.

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• 4+ years of professional software development experience
• 3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems


• Strong knowledge of data structures and algorithms
• 6+ years experience writing large scale distributed systems in C++
• Experience in building large scale distributed service using cloud API
• Experience with cloud load balancers, routing services, Docker containers and cloud programing languages.
• Experience with full-stack development
• Experience with AWS services such as RDS, EC2, Dynamo DB, CloudWatch
• Strong understanding of system performance and scaling
• Ability to drive tasks to completion and take ownership of projects
• Ability to work in a fast paced and agile development environment
• Possess excellent communication, sharp abilities, and proven design skills
• Contributor to open source distributed systems, and analytics projects
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Job ID: Amazon-1428626