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Machine Learning Performance Engineer

Jane Street
Machine Learning Performance Engineer
New York, US
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Job Description

We are looking for an engineer with experience in low-level systems programming and optimization to join our growing ML team.

Machine learning is a critical pillar of Jane Street's global business. Our ever-evolving trading environment serves as a unique, rapid-feedback platform for ML experimentation, allowing us to incorporate new ideas with relatively little friction.

Your part here is optimizing the performance of our models – both training and inference. We care about efficient large-scale training, low-latency inference in real-time systems, and high-throughput inference in research. Part of this is improving straightforward CUDA, but the interesting part needs a whole- systems approach, including storage systems, networking, and host- and GPU- level considerations. Zooming in, we also want to ensure our platform makes sense even at the lowest level – is all that throughput actually goodput? Does loading that vector from the L2 cache really take that long?

If you’ve never thought about a career in finance, you’re in good company. Many of us were in the same position before working here. If you have a curious mind and a passion for solving interesting problems, we have a feeling you’ll fit right in.

There’s no fixed set of skills, but here are some of the things we’re looking for:

  • An understanding of modern ML techniques and toolsets
  • The experience and systems knowledge required to debug a training run’s performance end to end
  • Low-level GPU knowledge of PTX, SASS, warps, cooperative groups, Tensor Cores, and the memory hierarchy
  • Debugging and optimization experience using tools like CUDA GDB, NSight Systems, NSight Compute
  • Library knowledge of Triton, CUTLASS, CUB, Thrust, cuDNN, and cuBLAS
  • Intuition about the latency and throughput characteristics of CUDA graph launch, tensor core arithmetic, warp-level synchronization, and asynchronous memory loads
  • Background in Infiniband, RoCE, GPUDirect, PXN, rail optimization, and NVLink, and how to use these networking technologies to link up GPU clusters
  • An understanding of the collective algorithms supporting distributed GPU training in NCCL or MPI
  • An inventive approach and the willingness to ask hard questions about whether we're taking the right approaches and using the right tools

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