Sr. Member of Technical Staff - VMKernel Hardware Group

    • Palo Alto, CA



Job Description

Business overview: VMKernel Group, Cloud Platforms Business Unit

The VMKernel team is part of the Cloud Platforms Group responsible for ESXi operating system and core virtualization infrastructure.

The role:

We are looking for engineers interested in operating systems and system software in a virtualized environment. Engineers get to design and implement novel operating systems techniques and algorithms for ESXi. You will work with various kernel teams to design and deliver new functionality, mainly targeted for virtualization workloads. This position entails developing operating systems software to enable new hardware features and architectures in a virtualized environment.

Essential Skills:

  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent, or a BS with strong operating systems industrial experiences.
  • Strong C programming skills.
  • Intimate knowledge of OS interfaces to hardware feature and facilities, preferably with experience in a virtualized environment and IO virtualization area.
  • Excellent understanding of operating system concepts and kernel components.
  • Experience with low-level / kernel-level code development.
  • Good understanding of modern Intel and AMD x86-based processor architectures
  • Experience with writing high-quality, well-architected and well-documented code.
  • Strong analytical and debugging skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


Desirable skills:
  • Knowledge of x86 assembler, C++, Java, Perl, Go, Python and other programming languages a plus
  • Familiarity with multiple virtualization platforms, such as ESXi, ZEN, Hyper-V, as well as IOMMU, SR-IOV, Passthru drivers,...etc, technologies.
  • Experience with System bring-ups, CPU, Chipset, SMP/NUMA, NVRAM/NVMEM, BMC/Service processor, ...etc.
  • Familiarity with kernel performance analysis and optimization.
  • Understanding of distributed system concepts, Dis-aggregated System/ Composable hardware, a plus.
  • Experience in designing and developing kernel level projects
  • Hands on in developing modular and extensible code.


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