Dell Dell EMC - Isilon Performance Engineer - Software Senior Engineer in Seattle, Washington

Performance Engineer- Software Senior Engineer (I7)

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At Dell, we take pride in working to the most rigorous standards and our Performance Engineering team makes sure that our cutting-edge products are fit for purpose. We model the anticipated performance of product concepts and enhancements by designing, developing, testing, analyzing and documenting analytical experiments. We also analyze existing and proposed components, as well as enhancements, modifications and corrections to existing products. In short, we stop at nothing to ensure that Dell products are the best that they can be for our customers.

The Isilon Performance Engineering team focuses on high-performance software features, automated performance validation tools and comprehensive end-to-end analysis of the Isilon NAS storage product. This team is seeking a highly motivated engineer to help in the software development and performance characterization of the Isilon NAS storage product.

As a Software Senior Engineer , you will play a key leadership role in the development and optimization of critical software features within the Isilon NAS product. Your expertise will be applied to enhance and improve the highest performing NAS solution in the enterprise storage market.

Key Responsibilities

Ideal candidates excel at cross-team collaboration and are well versed in C/C++, Python, Linux/FreeBSD OS internals, understand complex distributed systems and are comfortable in a continuous delivery model. Candidates should also have a proven track record of delivering high-quality software to real-world customers.

  • Analyzes and characterizes end-to-end system performance for a wide range of NAS use cases

  • Designs, develops and consults on software projects that maintain or improve overall system performance in the areas of file systems, networks and protocols

  • Performs root cause analysis and corrective actions for customer performance escalations

  • Oversees the performance lifecycle and identifies key areas for performance improvements

  • Produces performance reports to assess release readiness

  • Develops test automation and test tools to streamline the performance validation cycle

Essential Requirements

  • BS in Computer Science or related technical field, and at least 4 years of industry experience

  • Experience with FreeBSD and/or Linux OS internals

  • Experience with advanced computing areas like multi-processors, UMA/NUMA, clusters, multi-threading, scheduling, locks, contention and caching

  • Experience with networks and protocols – IB, Ethernet, TCP/IP, NFS, SMB and HDFS

  • Experience developing software solutions and validating software performance

  • Strong system engineering, performance and system troubleshooting skills

  • Experience planning projects, documenting test designs and delivering software components

Desirable Requirements

  • Familiarity with distributed systems, fault tolerant designs, file system designs, and/or storage solutions

  • Understanding of and experience with industry standard performance tools such as IOZone, IOMeter, Spec 2008/2014, XDD, vdBench, and FIO

  • Experience designing high performance solutions – video streaming, VDI, Databases, EDA



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