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Graphcore

Intelligence Processing Unit

Systems Software Engineer
Cambridge, GB
Job Description / Skills Required

Founded just over three years ago, Graphcore's growth and impact has been little short of staggering. We believe we're in a unique position as a new wave of machine learning technology begins to emerge. We see a world where technology enhances human potential and takes us into a new era of intelligence and progress that everyone can benefit from.

What we can achieve over the next few years will re-shape businesses around the world.

Graphcore has created a completely new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.

This role provides the interface between development platforms containing IPU devices and the host machine.

Involves working on the host PCI express driver and low-level userspace libraries to provide device access functionality to our Poplar platform.

The runtime also provides access functionality for the production test infrastructure for building IPU products so it requires working with the hardware teams.

Requirements

  • A strong background in C and C++ development is required.
  • A good understanding of how hardware platforms are built in particular the interfacing of devices to a host machine via PCI Express and USB.
  • Knowledge of Linux kernel driver development is useful but not essential.
  • Knowledge of modern operating systems and memory management is also beneficial.

The position requires the candidate to work very much at the software/hardware boundary of a system.

Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer a generous pension scheme and to support your well-being we provide health insurance, life cover and an employee assistance programme.

We welcome people of different backgrounds and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive work environment that makes Graphcore a great home for everyone. We are an equal opportunity employer and want to build a work environment where everyone is happy, productive and respectful. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, just let us know.

Please note, we are only considering candidates who have an established right to work in the UK for roles based in Cambridge, UK