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Principal DX Software Architect

Job ID 2024-10541 Date posted Jul. 11, 2024 Location Trondheim, Norway; Raanana, Israel Category Software Engineering Apply

Job Overview:

The Mali™ GPU Software Architects team is looking for a dedicated DirectX driver architect. Drawing from your technical expertise, you will design a new DX12 driver stack running on our innovative Mali™ GPUs, set the direction of SW engineering, and participate in the optimization effort to reach optimal CPU and GPU performance. For this task, you will be working with cross-site, multi-disciplined, teams across Arm’s worldwide engineering centres.


Working within a diverse group of architects, you will be responsible for:

  • Designing critical components of the new DX12 driver stack that we are building, using our existing OpenGL ES, Vulkan and OpenCL drivers as starting points.
  • You will collaborate with cross-functional teams of HW engineers, graphics experts, and software developers to build the optimal conforming driver.
  • You will assess existing CPU and/or GPU performance challenges and explore the solution space to find the solutions with the best trade-offs.
  • Finally, you will keep yourself up-to-date with the latest DirectX specifications and industry trends. In particular you will provide feedback and submit improvement ideas to our HW R&D team to ensure our future generations of products remain fully competitive.

Required Skills and Experience :

  • Experience in DirectX 11/12 driver architecture and development, in particular with driver memory management, resource binding, and synchronization.
  • Experience in requirements analysis, software architecture definition, and documentation.
  • Experience of analysing performance problems, and providing solutions backed up by objective data.

“Nice To Have” Skills and Experience :

  • Experience of OpenGL, Vulkan and/or Metal APIs.
  • Experience of embedded systems or firmware development; knowledge of Arm CPU and/or Mali GPU is a plus.
  • C/C++ software development background.

In Return:

We have an excellent track record of building up expertise in people, so this is a great opportunity for you to learn something new and interesting in a friendly and collaborative environment. Join a multinational, dynamic and highly motivated software development group where you will enjoy the support of your colleagues while being challenged by novel technical problems!


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Arm is an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and colleagues. We are a diverse organization of dedicated and innovative individuals, and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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