23 days ago - req16853

Graduation assignment: From algorithm proof of concept to hardware efficient implementation

Computer science & software engineering

Electrical engineering


In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


No experience (Student)



Job Category

Computer science & software engineering, Electrical engineering, Mathematics


Are you a Master student in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics?Do you have experience with computer architecture, high performance computing and algorithms? Then this graduation project could be interesting for you.

Job Mission

ASML is the world’s leader in making photolithography machines. These machines enable shrinking transistor sizes in line with Moore’s law. You will be working in the computer systems cluster that delivers the compute infrastructure, powering ASML machines.

Job Description

ASML machines incorporate many state of the art algorithms and computational models. Optimization of the total system performance depends on the application, system requirements and underlying hardware. In ASML, this is a mix of several competences: computational model and algorithm designers, software and hardware designers. The high demand computational models at ASML need to be designed with modern hardware capabilities and limitations in mind. This requires early and close collaboration between model owners and software and hardware designers. You will be analyzing an algorithm to identify how it maps to different computer architectures: CPU, GPU and FPGA.

The preliminary project plan is:
1. Theoretical analysis of the algorithm
2. Prediction of performance on different architectures
3. Implementation of promising solutions
4. Write the master thesis


You are a Master’s student in one of the following fields: computer science, electrical engineering or applied mathematics. You have a good understanding of computer architecture and basic C/C++ programming skills. You have good knowledge of linear algebra and algorithm analysis. You are comfortable with terminology like arithmetic intensity, big-o notation and roofline model.Knowledge of MATLAB, GPU programming using OpenCL/CUDA and FPGAs using RTL or High Level Synthesis is a plus (but not required). You have excellent communication skills in English.

This is an graduation internship for 5 days a week with a minimum duration of 6 months. The start date is September 2020.

Please keep in mind that we can only consider students (who are enrolled at a school during the whole internship period) for our internships and graduation assignments.

Other information

What ASML offers
Your internship will be in one of the leading Dutch corporations, gaining valuable experience in a highly dynamic environment. You will receive a monthly internship allowance of 500 euro (maximum), plus a possible housing or travel allowance. In addition, you’ll get expert, practical guidance and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic, innovative team environment.

ASML: Be part of progress
We make machines that make chips – the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see, and the software to run them. Never satisfied, we measure our performance in units that begin with pico or nano.

We believe we can always do better. We believe the winning idea can come from anyone. We love what we do – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

Students: Getting ready for real-world R&D
Pushing technology further is teamwork, and our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong, with major sites on three continents. Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule.

In such an environment, your colleagues may be sitting next door, or they could be thousands of kilometers away in a different country, or even working for a different company.

An internship at ASML is your opportunity to get to know this world of industrial-strength R&D and get a feel for that excites you most. Will you design a part of the machine, or make sure it gets built to the tightest possible specifications? Will you write software that drives the system to its best performance, or work side-by-side with the engineers of our customers in a fab, optimizing a system to the requirements of the customer?

How will you be part of progress?