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Principal Software Architect, Core Driver

at NVIDIA Corporation

Posted: 6/20/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: JR1931247

Job Description

NVIDIA is looking for a System Software Architect to join the GPU Software team. You will play a key role in the design and evolution of the core kernel driver for GPUs, spanning supercomputers down to consumer graphics.

You will help the team address new business opportunities such as GPUs in the data center – solving unique challenges requiring novel software and hardware designs. While also helping us build on our industry leading solutions in traditional markets such as gaming.

What you'll be doing:

  • Lead efforts to transform a driver with the scale of some operating systems into a design with reduced complexity, improved organization, and security posture.

  • Responsibility for developing a layered architecture with components spanning across a Guest VM, Host Kernel Driver and Firmware.

  • Define strategic vision for the core GPU driver together with adjacent software and hardware architects.

What we need to see:

  • BS or MS degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related degree or equivalent experience and 8+ years of meaningful software development experience.

  • Expert level knowledge and experience in system software design and operating system fundamentals.

  • Deep understanding of computer architecture, microprocessor concepts (caches, buses, memory controllers, DMA, etc.).

  • Validated leadership skills and strong ownership on past projects in an environment with complex software and hardware designs.

  • Clear verbal and written communication with the proven ability to build consensus within a large organization.

  • Outstanding C programming and low-level driver experience; background and strength with complex system-level debugging, performance analysis and test design.

  • Familiarity with kernel level security concepts; this includes familiarity with threat modeling techniques in addition to tooling for both static and dynamic analysis.

  • Kernel development experience with Linux, Android, Chrome, or Windows systems.

Ways to stand out from the crowd:

  • Experience as a maintainer or significant contributor to large open source software projects.
  • Knowledge of virtualization platforms (XenServer, KVM, Hyper-V).
  • Familiarity with kernel level security concepts; this includes testing techniques and a familiarity with static code analysis, multifaceted analysis, fuzzing, negative testing and other techniques.
  • Experience with embedded system SW concepts, e.g.: RTOS and overlay programming models.

NVIDIA is widely considered to be one of the technology world’s most desirable employers. We have some of the most forward-thinking and hardworking people in the world working for us. If you're creative, hardworking and proactive, we want to hear from you!

NVIDIA is owning the way in groundbreaking developments in Artificial Intelligence, High-Performance Computing and Visualization. The GPU, our invention, serves as the visual cortex of modern computers and is at the heart of our products and services.

NVIDIA is committed to fostering a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As we highly value diversity in our current and future employees, we do not discriminate (including in our hiring and promotion practices) on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression , sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.


For more than two decades, NVIDIA has pioneered visual computing, the art and science of computer graphics.

With a singular focus on this field, we offer specialized platforms for the gaming, professional visualization, data center and automotive markets.

Our work is at the center of the most consequential mega-trends in technology — virtual reality, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.

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