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AI Performance & Runtime Engineer



Software Engineering, Data Science
United States · Canada
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

About Modular

We believe that AI is a net positive force in the world. Our vision and mission are to help rebuild AI infrastructure to advance humanity and our environment. We will do whatever it takes to empower our customers, team, and company to benefit from that pursuit. You can read about our culture and careers here to understand how we work and what we value.

We are owners and advocates for the underlying technologies, developer platforms, product components, and infrastructure. These essential building blocks form the high-quality and coherent experiences our users expect. We aim to drive the pace of innovation for every AI/ML developer.

About the role:

ML developers today face significant friction in taking trained models into deployment. They work in a highly fragmented space, with incomplete and patchwork solutions that require significant performance tuning and non-generalizable/ model-specific enhancements. At Modular, we are building the next generation AI platform that will radically improve the way developers build and deploy AI models.

A core part of this offering is providing a platform that allows customers to achieve state-of-the-art performance across model families, frameworks and hardware. As an AI Performance Engineer, you will join a small team of generalist engineers that optimize the performance of Modular’s MAX Engine in both breadth and depth. As part of deep dives on high-value models, you will collaborate with Kernel & Graph Compiler engineers to push Modular’s cutting-edge performance even further. Simultaneously, the performance team builds and uses analysis tooling to monitor the MAX engine’s performance over a vast array of user configurations, including Tensorflow, ONNX, PyTorch and Mojo models on a wide variety of CPU, GPU and Accelerator hardware.

LOCATION: Candidates based in the US or Canada are welcome to apply. You can work remotely from home.

What you will do:

  • Collaborate with Tooling & Infrastructure teams to design systems for automated performance analysis and benchmarking.
  • Collaborate with Graph Compiler & Kernels teams to design, triage, and track high-priority in-flight model optimizations
  • Work with the product team to understand customer use cases, relevant metrics, and design representative benchmarking pipelines
  • Design & develop automated regression detection & reversion system for wide variety of key customer metrics
  • Build statistical models and tools to operate on benchmarking & telemetry data and help develop key insights for performance, cloud costs, etc.

What you bring to the table:

  • 2+ years of professional or postgraduate academic experience working on or researching performance analysis, tooling or benchmarking
  • In-depth knowledge of Python
  • Experience in C++ programming and complex software systems.
  • Experience with performance modeling and analysis.
  • Creativity and curiosity for solving complex problems.
  • Experience writing production-quality software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Helpful but not required:

  • Experience with a major machine learning framework such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, or ONNX
  • Experience with cloud computing
  • Experience with database systems and statistical modeling

The estimated base salary range for this role to be performed in the US, regardless of the state, is $135,000.00 - $242,000.00 USD.
e salary for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of permissible, non-discriminatory job-related factors, which include but are not limited to education, training, work experience, business needs, or market demands. This range may be modified in the future. The total compensation for a candidate will also include annual target bonus, equity, and benefits, with equity making up a significant portion of your total compensation.

For candidates who fall outside of the listed requirements, we nevertheless encourage you to apply as we may have openings that are lower/higher level than the ones advertised.

What Modular brings to the table:

  • Amazing Team. We are a progressive and agile team with some of the industry’s best engineering and product leaders.
  • Flexible Location. We want you to work where you are most productive and we are a remote-first company. We have offices in Palo Alto, CA and Seattle, WA for collaboration, and will open more next year.
  • World-class Benefits. In order to attract the best, we need to offer the best. Premier insurance plans, up to 5% 401k matching, very generous WFH setup stipends, flexible paid time off, and more are available to you! Please note that specific benefit packages may vary based on your location.
  • Competitive Compensation. We offer very strong compensation packages, including stock options. We want people to be focused on their best work and believe in tailoring compensation plans to meet the needs of our workforce.
  • Team Building Events. We organize regular team onsites and local meetups in different cities.

Working at Modular will enable you to grow quickly as you work alongside incredibly motivated and talented people who have high standards, possess a growth mindset, and a purpose to truly change the world.

Modular is proud to emphasize an equal opportunity, safe environment for people to do their best work. Modular is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.
If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let your recruiter know, and we will work with you to meet your needs in compliance with the ADA.

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.