Logic-Designer in Processor Development (m/f/x)

As a Hardware Developer at IBM, you'll get to work on the systems that are driving the quantum revolution and the AI era. Join an elite team of engineering professionals who enable IBM customers to make better decisions quicker on the most trusted hardware platform in today's market.

Your Role and Responsibilities

We are looking for you as a hardware developer (m/f/x) for our leading-edge microprocessors of our future high-end- and high-performance computers. You'll get to work on the systems that are driving the quantum revolution and the AI era. Join an elite team of engineering professionals who enable IBM customers to make better decisions quicker on the most trusted hardware platform in today's market.

As an addition to our team we're hiring development engineer / logic designer (m/f/x) in the areas of Arithmetic, Caches and Chip Control/Test starting 1.1.2020.

*Your Team

You will work in a self-organized development team located across the globe (Germany, India, USA, etc. ) to find solutions to complex questionings with the help of modern design techniques , e.g.:

  • automated test environment
  • continuous integration
  • close interaction with verification and physical design teams
  • cross-domain collaboration across the stack (logic design / physical design / firmware / software)
Arithmetic design area
The execution unit within the processor core implements a large part of the instruction set architecture (ISA). The arithmetic engines within this unit are being continuously improved and extended with every new processor generation to keep up with the steadily growing demand for compute power.
Some of the specialities in our field of engagement are:
  • fixed-point & floating-point arithmetic including complex SIMD instructions as well as the complete implementation of the IEEE-754 standard
  • optimization of real-life workloads in the field of Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing & Cryptography
  • RISC & CISC microarchitecture implementations
  • superscalar & out-of-order processors & accelerators
  • simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) support
  • high-frequency pipeline design
  • optimized design approach to meet power/utilization/rout ability/reliability requirements
  • test-driven design

Cache design area
  • The cache sub-system of a processor has a huge impact on overall system performance. Its task is not only to bring data in and out of the core, but also to manage virtual memory, ensure memory coherency, and prevent data loss in the presence of hardware faults:
  • operate the cache hierarchy
  • translation lookaside buffer and dynamic address translation
  • multi-processor coherency
  • system operations
  • interlock with firmware, operating systems, and performance teams

Chip Control & Test design area
  • This team deals with the development and continuous improvement of the chip control and test/debug infrastructure - the logic that ties the chip together and without which the chip would not be able to boot at all.
    This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Infrastructure for system control and configuration
  • Clock and power control
  • On-chip logic analyzers
  • Built-in system testing (BIST) ;
  • Interfaces to external components like SPI, I²C, JTAG and system management controllers
  • Observability and testability - figure out which one out of a billion latches is not working right
  • Asynchronicity and power domains - Make sure that logic that's communicating across multiple asynchronous clocks and voltages still works correctly
  • Bootstrapping - devise a sequence to bring the chip from chaos to order
  • Debugging - Leverage on-chip debugging abilities to figure out field and lab problems way beyond our own logic
Apart from the implementation of current designs, we also heavily engage in researching new ways to solve the challenges of today and designing the next generation of chips and systems. We foster a strong culture of participation where everyone can bring in their ideas and has the freedom to explore them. There is always room for fun projects, hackatons, learning activities & inventions.


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • You have a Bachelor or Master degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics or computer science and you have expertise in processor architecture, digital design/circuits with VHDL/Verilog (or other languages) and Boolean algebra.

  • You have basic German skills and you're proficient in English.

  • You are experienced in team work & communication skills.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

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