Autodesk: Parallel Computing Researcher

Autodesk is looking for an Parallel Computing Researcher:

This position is an opportunity to conduct basic and applied research on the most challenging opportunities for parallel and distributed computing for computer graphics and CAD applications. As part of a team of researchers you will contribute to new advances in methods for multi-processing for computer graphics and simulation applications especially as it relates to multi-core parallel programming and help guide corporate technology strategy.

The Good
Well, first of all, it’s Autodesk, a well-known company with interesting products, and a reasonable reputation as an employer as far as I can tell.  And secondly, parallel computing is both interesting technically and likely to be a growth area of computing, as multi-core computing continues to look like the future of computing performance.

So, spending time to research a technically interesting and growth area of computing to help set strategy for a large, well-known software vendor sounds pretty compelling.

The Bad
The usual.  Not a lot of information on location, process, compensation, technology, etc.  If it weren’t for the fact that the company is well-known and the work sounds interesting, there’s not a lot to go on.

Your mileage may vary when it comes to the technology.  They’re not specific, but my first instinct is that they’d be looking for people with a pretty-level way of working, comfortable with C/C++ and possibly even occasional bits of assembly.  Then again, my instinct could be off — certainly, one way to deal with multicore computing is to look at languages that are built with distributed computing in mind.

It might also vary when it comes to the patent process.  I’m not a big believer in software patents, to putting my energy into research which is going to be patented by Autodesk might chafe a little.

In Summary
If you think you’ve got the right skillset for this position, this could be pretty exciting.


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