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Principal Engineer System Software

Ottawa, Canada, Canada
Oct 29, 2018


Job Description


Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies - from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, hardware programmable SoCs and the ACAP (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform), designed to deliver the most dynamic processor technology in the industry and enable the adaptable, intelligent and connected world of the future in a multitude of markets including Data Center (Compute, Storage and Networking); Wireless/5G and Wired Communications; Automotive/ADAS; Emulation & Prototyping; Aerospace & Defense; Industrial Scientific & Medical, and others. Xilinx's core strengths simultaneously address major industry trends including the explosion of data, heterogeneous computing after Moore's Law, and the dawn of artificial intelligence (AI).

Our global team is growing and we are looking for bold, collaborative and creative people to help us lead the industry transformation to build an adaptable intelligent world. We believe that by embracing diverse ideas, striving for excellence in all that we do, and working together as a unified team, we can accomplish anything. Come do your best work and live your best life as part of the ONEXILINX team!



  • Continue Yocto maintenance
    • Making sure that the open source embedded Linux we are using for PetaLinux is optimized for Xilinx devices
  • Investigate how open source SW would work for proposed future PS architectures
    • For example: The extended PS is proposed to have 2 separate cache clusters with 4 processors each. How will Linux/Xen/etc. work on that.
  • Simplify Linux deployment
    • What can we do in open source and our processes to be able to use a common Linux kernel for different boards and PL configurations
  • Open source modification for High-speed trace
    • In Everest we will have an HSDP block for advanced debug. How can we modify the Linux kernel and other SW to take advantage of that.
  • Customer ease-of-use
    • How can we change our products to make it easier for our customers to deploy Linux and other open source technologies
    • In particular, how can we make it easier for customers to go directly to the open source projects and be successful on Xilinx HW


  • Master's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related equivalent
  • 15+ years of experience

  • Demonstrated experience solving customer problems through innovative enhancements to architectures and tools

  • Proven ability to anticipate industry trends and drive consistent roadmap decisions
  • Experience meeting with customers to validate feature choices
  • Has extensive experience with open source development
    • Maintainer of open source projects relevant to embedded system software
    • Deep Linux experience
  • Has deep knowledge of multiple runtime environments
    • Including multiple operating systems, including Linux and RTOSes
    • Heterogeneous multicore/multi-OS environments (AMP)
  • Understands tools-runtime interactions
    • Including build tools, debuggers and trace