2022-09-26 Waymo

Software Engineer, Perception - GPU Optimization

Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World’s Most Experienced Driver™—to improve everyone's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. Our Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, our fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 20 billion miles of simulation testing.

Software Engineering builds the brains of Waymo's fully autonomous driving technology. Our software allows the Waymo Driver to perceive the world around it, make the right decision for every situation, and deliver people safely to their destinations. We think deeply and solve complex technical challenges in areas like robotics, perception, decision-making and deep learning, while collaborating with hardware and systems engineers. If you’re a software engineer or researcher who’s curious and passionate about Level 4 autonomous driving, we'd like to meet you. 

The Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) Optimization team uses our know-how of CPUs, GPUs, and occasionally clever algorithms to process Waymo's sensor data super-fast.  We specialize in low-level understanding of compute hardware, and we apply that knowledge wherever we can, throughout the whole stack.

In this role, you’ll:

  • Write, debug, and optimize code for LiDAR processing (particularly CUDA code and the supporting CPU bits), and convert existing CPU LiDAR processing code to run on the GPU.
  • Identify and fix performance issues in CPU and GPU code. This is done at both the individual function/GPU kernel level and at the whole-system level, for both CUDA code and ML (TensorFlow and XLA).
  • Debug performance issues in our software stack.
  • Build tools/infrastructure to enable our work above (e.g. improving profilers, or writing frameworks that allow us to do work on the GPU more easily)
  • Act as a consultant to customer and client teams for code optimization

At a minimum, we’d like you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Robotics, or equivalent practical experience
  • Strong C++ skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

It’s preferred if you have:

  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or relevant technical field
  • Passion for code optimization
  • An interest in digging deep into systems to find and fix bugs.
  • GPU optimization experience

Note: The following is only applicable for roles hired in the US. As we keep the safety of our employees and our communities top of mind, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be a critical prevention measure to help end the pandemic.  Because of this, Waymo requires all US-based employees who perform work onsite for Waymo to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unable to be vaccinated, Waymo will provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with applicable law.

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