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CPU Architect



United States
Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2024

Tenstorrent is leading the industry on cutting-edge AI technology, revolutionizing performance expectations, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With AI redefining the computing paradigm, solutions must evolve to unify innovations in software models, compilers, platforms, networking, and semiconductors. Our diverse team of technologists have developed a high performance RISC-V CPU from scratch, and share a passion for AI and a deep desire to build the best AI platform possible. We value collaboration, curiosity, and a commitment to solving hard problems. We are growing our team and looking for contributors of all seniorities.

We are seeking an experienced CPU Architect to join our team. The successful candidate will lead the architecture and design of RISC-V CPUs, focusing on validating their performance against specifications. This pivotal role involves close collaboration with cross-functional teams, including design, verification, and physical design, to ensure the device meets required specifications pre- and post-silicon availability. The ideal candidate possesses a deep understanding of CPUs, validation methodologies, and industry trends in performance testing.

This role is Remote, based out of the United States.


  • Define and enhance methodologies for pre-silicon and post-silicon validation of high-complexity System-on-Chip (SoC) designs.
  • Collaborate with performance architecture teams to craft a comprehensive performance test plan.
  • Develop techniques to drive performance validation, ensuring product requirements are met.
  • Work closely with architects, hardware engineers, and microcode (ucode) engineers to grasp new feature implementations.
  • Delve into SoC design features to understand their performance impact.
  • Analyze key workloads and identify bottlenecks.
  • Prototype solutions to address performance challenges.
  • Create test plans and functional coverage metrics.
  • Explore opportunities for hardware and software co-optimization to enhance system performance.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to seamlessly integrate performance enhancements.
  • Develop and maintain the silicon validation architecture roadmap for new product introductions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define validation requirements and ensure compliance throughout the design process.
  • Design and optimize the silicon validation architecture for maximum performance, power consumption, and area efficiency.
  • Analyze and interpret data to identify trends and areas for improvement in silicon performance.
  • Develop and maintain complex models and simulations of silicon devices using advanced software tools.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in silicon performance validation.
  • Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field.
  • Strong background in silicon validation, performance analysis, and computer architecture with 5+ years of experience in performance validation.
  • Silicon validation and performance analysis using industry tools such as Linux perf, ARM DS5, or home-grown tools across pre-silicon performance models, RTL, and emulation and FPGA platforms (e.g., Zebu, HAPS)
  • Ability to read and write microbenchmarks using assembly and or C/C++
  • Proficiency in C++, Python, and System Verilog.
  • Ability to automate tasks and report results using Continuous Integration (CI) and/or Python scriptsBachelor’s or Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Compensation for all engineers at Tenstorrent ranges from $100k - $500k including base and variable compensation targets. Experience, skills, education, background and location all impact the actual offer made.

Tenstorrent offers a highly competitive compensation package and benefits, and we are an equal opportunity employer.

Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, Tenstorrent is required to ensure compliance with licensing regulations when transferring technology to nationals of certain countries that have been licensing conditions set by the U.S. government.

Our engineering positions and certain engineering support positions require access to information, systems, or technologies that are subject to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, please note that citizenship/permanent residency, asylee and refugee information and/or documentation will be required and considered as Tenstorrent moves through the employment process.

If a U.S. export license is required, employment will not begin until a license with acceptable conditions is granted by the U.S. government. If a U.S. export license with acceptable conditions is not granted by the U.S. government, then the offer of employment will be rescinded.