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Principal Data Plane Engineer

Company: Cisco
Location: San Jose
Posted on: May 6, 2024

Job Description:

Who We Are:

The Cisco Distributed System Engineering (DSE) group is at the forefront of developing products that power the largest networks in the world. The networking industry is going through a massive transformation to build the next generation infrastructure to meet the needs of AI/ML workloads and continuously increasing internet users and application. We are uniquely positioned to capture that market transition.

Who You'll Work With:

This team builds products by harnessing the potential of open-source technologies while pushing the boundaries on Systems and Silicon Architecture. They are developers and leaders who are passionate about tackling complex technology, building large scale distributed systems and comfortable working with open-source communities and technologies. You will be part of a fast-paced work environment and responsible for end-to-end product development and production support.

Who You Are:

You are an individual who is passionate and self-motivated, can capitalize on opportunity presented in AI/ML market segment, work with abstract business requirements, able to drive a customer engagement to next steps with just good-enough visibility, make a difference with their out of box thinking and learn and build on the plethora of networking protocol experience in that you bring in.

Ideal candidate would have experience partnering with Customers to solve their critical business needs with rapid prototyping, incorporating early feedback and delivering innovations. Ability to juggle multiple tasks while focusing on the high-priority ones and being results oriented is key.

Candidates with significant working experience in accelerated data plane elements such NPU, DPU, IPU, FPGA, ASICs are preferred.

What you will do:

As a Principal Data Plane Engineer, you'll join an agile team engaged in the design, development and testing data-center features set in Cisco 8000 Platform using SONiC network operating system. In this role you'll have opportunity to design and develop multiple feature sets including:

  • Baseline forwarding features et (V4, V6, L2, L3, ACL, QoS, et al).
  • Data Center fabric uses cases tailored for Storage and Compute clusters.
  • Offload Compute server functionality in Networking switches using accelerated data plane elements (NPU, DPU, IPU).

    Basic Qualifications:

    • 15+ years of relevant experience with M.S. or PhD in CS, EE, or other related field.
    • 15+ year's embedded software development experience using C, C++ and/or Python.
    • Extensive experience in NPU, DPU or software data plane.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills.

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Hands on experience working in accelerated data-plane elements NPU, DPU, FPGA, ASIC.
      • Strong presence in open-source community leading projects and initiatives.
      • In-depth understanding of data-pipeline internals, Packet forwarding and performance tuning in Traffic Manager.

        Why Cisco?

        #WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters - with people like you!

        Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We're the Internet's optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it's not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We're helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most difficult of times. We're helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world - whether through 5G, or otherwise.

        We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other's backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another - from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back, it's in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

        We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we're committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

        So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!


        Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

        When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. and/or Canada locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. or Canada hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

        U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

        Employees on sales plans earn performance-based incentive pay on top of their base salary, which is split between quota and non-quota components. For quota-based incentive pay, Cisco typically pays as follows:

        .75% of incentive target for each 1% of revenue attainment up to 50% of quota;

        1.5% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 50% and 75%;

        1% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 75% and 100%; and once performance exceeds 100% attainment, incentive rates are at or above 1% for each 1% of attainment with no cap on incentive compensation.

        For non-quota-based sales performance elements such as strategic sales objectives, Cisco may pay up to 125% of target. Cisco sales plans do not have a minimum threshold of performance for sales incentive compensation to be paid.

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