Software Engineer, Azure Compute

Last updated 11 days ago
Location:Atlanta, Georgia
Job Type:Full Time

Azure Compute is Azure's most profitable business and is growing incredibly fast! We provide millions of virtual machines for customers to run their workload in the cloud. We are a globally available foundational service that hosts services with the scale of Bing/Skype/AzureStore/SQL, host millions of multiplayer gaming sessions and allow solving large computational problems in seconds.

Azure Compute team is the “kernel” of Microsoft’s Cloud OS. The Azure Computer Manager is the “kernel” of the Microsoft Compute Cloud. We build a fault tolerant distributed system on top of commodity datacenter hardware, to deliver an infrastructure for hosting cloud applications in virtual servers. We create an illusion that resources are limitless, infinitely elastic, and always available.

The team is working on few different areas that you can have a big impact. This includes:
Projects improving cluster scale and density- this includes capabilities and mechanisms for large service footprints, managing 20x more physical machines and services than it does today, schemes to improve VM density, reducing cluster fragmentation, increase utilization of compute cores; expanding azure capabilities for containers (Docker/Hyper-V Containers), etc. We are building a set of highly scalable, highly available, micro services that will be the next generation of the Compute Fabric and provide service management for all azure compute services.

Projects involving end customer service uptime and availability - applying and building machine learning to build a 'Smarter' kernel that can be adaptive to events in the datacenter and services to decide on actions - especially when needed to increase service availability and uptime. We are also working with Windows and Hyper-V on Live Migration and its capabilities into the Azure platform.

Projects around service reliability and performance - provide extremely reliable and fast on-demand compute instances irrespective of the size and scale of the service (multiple orders of magnitude faster than today). We are working on architectural and structural improvements across the entire Azure Core stack (Azure Compute Manager, Azure Host OS and Host Agent, Compute Resource Provider, Azure Networking etc). The team in working on a few different areas that will have reduce deployment times to surpass our competition. The approach here is multipronged. It involves algorithmic investments, deep involved architectural/protocol changes to improve parallelization or eliminate steps in the workflow and finally smart innovative solutions to pre-process as much of the work as possible and to be able to do the remaining in seconds to get VM ready for customers. We are a result-oriented team working vertically through the whole stack to deliver order of magnitude improvements.

Atlanta office will have a full-fledged team for multiple of the cross section of the components involved in the rearchitecture effort and we will be driving full projects wholly from Atlanta site working closely with other engineers in the Redmond office.

Windows Azure is a big bet for Microsoft, and we are taking big bets of our own in the compute team. If you’re interested in attacking hard technical problems and driving innovation in an area that has huge potential for impact on the company’s future, then this is THE position for you!


A successful candidate will need to look at the end-to-end architecture and drive big innovations to help improve the experience for our customers working closely with other team members and multiple organizations in Azure. Some of the basic responsibilities include:

  • Design and develop large scale distributed software services and solutions
  • System design through well-defined interfaces across multiple components, code reviews, leveraging data/telemetry to make decisions
  • Ensure that services and components are well-defined and modularized, secure, reliable, diagnosable, actively monitored, and reusable
  • Consider testability, portability/monitoring, reliability, and maintainability, and understand when code is ready to be shared and delivered


Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of professional software engineering experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related field, OR equivalent industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with C#/Java/C/C++/ and systems programming.
    • Customer and partner focus - able to understand their needs through a data driven approach
    • Ability to organize and implement integration tests and resolve problem areas
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills
    • Experience with online services and AI - a big plus

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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