How Nvidia testing computer games. Fotoreport.


How Nvidia testing computer games. Fotoreport.

To find out we went to visit the company’s Russian office, located in Moscow.

NVIDIA’s Russian office is the biggest one in Europe. The majority of employees are engineers who take an active part in almost all of the company’s global initiatives. The office located on Dvintsev Street is already the third home of the Russian branch of Nvidia. Before there were a couple of rooms in one of Moscow’s alleyways and then a full-fledged office with a large computer laboratory on Arbat. After the population of the office rose to beyond a hundred, we had to think of searching for more spacious premises. Finally, Nvidia relocated three years ago to Dvintsev Business Center.

THE MOSCOW OFFICE WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED AS A LABORATORY FOR COMPUTER GAMES TESTING.


COMPUTER LAB IS A COMPUTATIONAL HEART OF NVIDIA’S RUSSIAN OFFICE.

The Moscow laboratory is one of the four biggest data centers of the company. The games that have already been released or are expected to be released are tested here. Detailed reports on the performance of games with tens of configurations that are being prepared for release, as well as recommendations on correction of errors detected are sent to the developers.

COMPUTER LAB IS NOT ONLY ABOUT GAME TESTING BUT ALSO TESTING MANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING ONES FOR A REGULAR DRIVER UPDATE.

Each year, a special farm for automated testing consisting of several hundred machines produces millions of benchmark test results of a variety of applications related to GPU.

TESTING OF GAMES IS A MULTI-STEP AND COMPLEX PROCESS.

To ensure ideal compatibility of a game and hardware, each game is launched with dozens of configurations in conventional and stereoscopic modes in various resolutions, including the increasingly popular 4K. One Monitor is not enough!

IN RECENT YEARS, NVIDIA HAS BEEN WORKING MORE WITH MOBILE DEVICES.

NVIDIA HAS ITS OWN BRAND PRODUCTS, for example, the NVIDIA SHIELD device.

THE OFFICE SPACE IN NVIDIA is open space; only the doors of the conference room can be closed.

THE SPACE ON SEVERAL FLOORS HAD TO BE ARRANGED SO THAT THE EMPLOYEES WOULD FEEL AS A TEAM. Therefore there are a lot of interaction zones (collaboration area) in NVIDIA’s office.


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A COMFORTABLE SPACE ON THE LOWER FLOOR INTENDED FOR GENERAL AND INFORMAL MEETINGS SERVES AS “THE CENTER OF GRAVITY”. This place of communication includes two parts — a working space and a cafe.

BEHIND A GLASS WALL IN THE CAFE ZONE, THE LIGHTS OF THE COMPUTER LAB SERVER ARE BLINKING.

Nvidia has been one of the top ten most eco-friendly companies of America for a few years. “A GREEN WALL” IS ARRANGED IN FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE LABORATORY. A live construction made of plants is intended to emphasize the “ green” format of NVIDIA.

TEN YEARS AGO NVIDIA’S OFFICE in Moscow WAS CREATED AS A LABORATORY FOR GAME TESTING. SOME INVETERATE GAMERS WERE LUCKY TO TURN THEIR HOBBY INTO THEIR JOB.

TO ASSEMBLE A QUIET COMPACT PC WITH A POWERFUL VIDEO ADAPTER AND RUN MORTAL COMBAT ON A BIG TV SCREEN. Isn’t that the most cherished dream of any gamer?

BECAUSE OF THE TIME DIFFERENCE WITH THE OTHER OFFICES OF THE COMPANY WORLDWIDE THE WORKING DAY OF THE EMPLOYEES SOMETIMES LASTS TILL THE MORNING.

And so the employees of Nvidia’s Russian office are working diligently day and night not letting the game consoles go.

Many thanks to Polina Kholodova for organization the public company tour!
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