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R&D Software Engineer - Virtual Machine Monitor



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

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Job Description:

R&D Software Engineer - Virtual Machine Monitor

The Elevator Pitch: Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?

The virtual machine monitor group (“Monitor Group”) is responsible for the core CPU and memory virtualization technology used in all of Broadcom's VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) Division products. You will have the opportunity to work with bleeding edge CPU technology, VT-x/AMD-V, interrupt virtualization, memory virtualization/management, and virtualization of other forms of compute technologies and accelerators.

The VCF Division works to build products and solutions that power the hybrid cloud. Working alongside other highly motivated and capable engineers you will get to interact with our largest customers to define the next generation of Broadcom's industry-leading VMWare Cloud Foundation platform.

Success in the Role: What are the performance outcomes over the first 6-12 months you will work toward completing?

The Monitor Group’s principal function is to maintain and develop the virtual CPU and memory aspects of the virtual machine platform that runs guest operating systems.

In the first 6 months, you will be expected to get up to speed with one of the specialization areas, such as new CPU feature enablement, confidential computing, modernization of the monitor architecture, hardware accelerators, power-aware compute or aspects of guest timekeeping. By year 1 you would be expected to have impactful engineering contributions and enhancements in your area of specialization.

The Work: What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?

This role requires you to possess a deep understanding of processor architecture and low-level OS kernel internals, system software including memory management, resource management, and interrupt architecture. The principal programming language used is C, with assembly code used whenever needed to deal with machine-specific constructs.

You will work independently and as a member of a team of software engineers to design and deliver features in support of new processors or a proposed enhancement for the virtual machine monitor architecture. As an example, you might be involved in the design and implementation of upcoming CPU instruction set updates in a virtualization context. Similarly, you may be assigned to contribute to an aspect of memory virtualization/management features as part of a monitor modernization effort. For more senior roles you would be expected to make proposals that help define the design roadmap, or drive a technical effort leading other engineers.

What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?

You will be joining as a Monitor Engineer as part of the Monitor Group. The Monitor Group is a part of the VMWare Cloud Foundation (VCF) Division under Broadcom. This organization handles all aspects of virtual machine engineering and has deep roots in the history of the Company. The Monitor Group itself is highly collaborative in nature, with a well-established culture of engineering discipline. Here you will have the opportunity not only to interact with other team members within the Group, but also other groups working on aspects of vSphere. You will lead your part within the projects, as well as frequently be given the opportunity to present your work to others and learn about the novel work of other engineers.

Job Requirements

- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field and 15+ years of related experience or Masters degree in Computer Science or related field and 13+ years of related experience.

- Experience in C, and assembly programming

- Experience working on the kernel and /or virtualization space

- Proficient in x86 CPU architecture

Additional Job Description:

Compensation and Benefits

The annual base salary range for this position is $163,000 - $260,000.

This position is also eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in accordance with relevant plan documents, and equity in accordance with equity plan documents and equity award agreements.

Broadcom offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package: Medical, dental and vision plans, 401(K) participation including company matching, Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), company paid holidays, paid sick leave and vacation time. The company follows all applicable laws for Paid Family Leave and other leaves of absence.

Broadcom is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability status, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We will also consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records consistent with local law.

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