Software Engineering Graduation Internship: Core pinning Investigation

Research & development

Computer science & software engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development

Work Experience

No experience (Student)

Job Category

Computer science & software engineering

Job ID: J-00270309-938


Are you a student with a background in Software Engineering or Computer Science? Do you have experience in programming with C++ and Python? Then this internship could be interesting for you!

Background information

The EUV Projection software group is responsible for the software of the projection subsystem, which makes images of reticle patterns on the wafer with nanometer accuracy. The projection software performs complex mirror movements and thermal control to accomplish this.

For mirror movements the software needs to negotiate with other subsystems in order to find the fastest way to expose images. This negotiation requires complex motion trajectory calculations, which take processing time. This processing time is constrained by tight budgets.

New machine generations have higher performance requirements leading to requirements to speed up the calculations. At the same time additional software features are also required and deployed on the same computing host. The CPU and memory resources used by these additional features can interfere (e.g. introduce latencies) with the negotiation calculations. A new more powerful multi-core CPU will become available for the new machine generations.

Your assignment

The new computing host is a multicore CPU. You would investigate whether it makes sense to use so called ‘core pinning’ to improve the predictability and the performance of time required for the negotiation compared to letting the Linux OS itself allocate cores to processes and threads.

Expected results:

1. A report showing the analysis of the pros / cons of using core pinning for the many software processes used in the projection software subsystem.
2. Prototype (scripts/code) to use and apply core pinning seamlessly in the existing software infrastructure.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for the internship, you:

  • Are a student in Computer Science, Software Engineering or any related field;
  • Have experience with Linux, C++ and Python;
  • Are creative, curious, goal oriented and capable of working independently;
  • Have good communication skills and you understand the value of listening with the aim to understand;
  • Are fluent in English, both verbally and in writing;

This is a bachelor or master graduation internship lasting 4+ months, 5 days per week starting in September 2023.

Please note that we can only consider students who are enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship.

This position requires access to U.S. controlled technology, as defined in the United States Export Administration Regulations. Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such U.S. controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access U.S. controlled technology.

Diversity and inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

Change the world – one nanometer at a time

Become an intern at a Dutch company that’s a global industry leader. You’ll gain valuable experience in a highly innovative environment – one that sparks your imagination and creativity. In addition to a monthly internship allowance of maximum €600 (plus a possible housing and/or travel allowance), you’ll get practical guidance from experts in the field and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic team environment.

ASML: be part of progress

ASML is a high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands. We manufacture the complex lithography machines that chipmakers use to produce integrated circuits, or computer chips. What we do is at the heart of all the electronic devices that keep us informed, entertained and connected. Every day, you use electronics that simply wouldn’t exist without our machines.

Behind ASML’s innovations are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at our company include some of the most creative minds in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, and computer science and software engineering.

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

We’re a global team of about 29,000 people of 120 different nationalities and counting. Headquartered in Europe’s top tech hub, the Brainport Eindhoven region in the Netherlands, our operations are spread across Europe, Asia and the US.

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 the opportunity to get to know not only the world of industrial-strength R&D, but yourself – you’ll discover just what 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?

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