Linux Kernel Btrfs File System Engineer (Global)

SUSE · Sep 12th 2018

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As a leading enterprise Linux vendor, SUSE is actively involved in the development of many open source projects, including the Linux kernel. We are currently seeking a new member of the SUSE Labs team to perform as a Linux kernel file system engineer with a focus on the btrfs file system.

SUSE Labs consists of a globally distributed team of world-class software developers with a mission of driving core technologies from within their development communities. Members of SUSE Labs are responsible for designing and implementing new features as well as maintaining the existing implementations of our products. SUSE is an industry leader in the development and deployment of the btrfs file system.

The ideal candidate will represent him- or herself actively within the global Linux kernel development community, share their knowledge, and further develop it via special interest groups, professional organizations, and specialized conferences.

The candidate hired for the position will work on diagnosing and addressing performance, stability, data integrity, error recovery, and feature development of the btrfs file system.

Key responsibilities:

  • Technical analysis and resolution of file system failure cases that can occur in highly parallel workloads, both at runtime and on-media.

  • Technical analysis of performance problems throughout the software stack

  • Design and development of tests to measure functional and performance requirements

  • Design and development of new file system features to meet product and customer demands

Knowledge required:

  • Excellent knowledge of the C programming language

  • Excellent knowledge of at least one major kernel subsystem (e.g. scheduling, memory management, file system core, device driver core)

  • Excellent knowledge of scripting languages used for test automation, with Perl and Python being particularly advantageous

  • Excellent knowledge of workload characterization

  • Excellent understanding of multithreaded system architectures

  • Good knowledge of open-source community principles, with particular focus on Linux Kernel development model and practices

  • Good knowledge of contemporary server and storage hardware and interconnects

  • Good knowledge of modern operating system principles, tools, and development environments, including the Git source control system and the GNU development toolchain

  • Good knowledge of assembly languages for common architectures

  • Good knowledge of Linux debugging tools

  • Good spoken and written knowledge of English

Knowledge desired:

  • Experience developing and/or testing a widely deployed file system

Characteristics required:

  • Ability to work both within a team and independently

  • Persistent in finding accurate and thorough solutions to problems

  • Considerate and assertive

  • Flexible and has the ability to work under pressure

  • Eager to expand and learn new areas of the Linux kernel

We offer:

  • The opportunity to participate directly in the creation and improvement of Linux operating systems

  • 10% of working time for professional development

  • Direct cooperation and collaboration with members of numerous free/open source software projects, distributed globally

  • Flexible weekly working time

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