Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday February 17, 2014

How an NVIDIA Engineer’s Cube Became His Castle

Every company has a CEO. Every department has its vice presidents. Every realm has its powers and principalities. But only one company has a potentate. The tale of how NVIDIA’s Jonathon Evans got his crown, and had his modest cubicle transformed into a royal court begins آ— as stories like this often do at the company آ— with Saran Wrap. Jonathon آ— who leads the team that designs the host interface and context scheduling unit for our GPUs آ— decided to play a prank on one of his colleagues, Alan Kaatz, while he was away. So, he wrapped Alan’s computer, keyboard and many of the objects in his cube in cellophane. Alan, a quick-witted engineer with a keen sense of the absurd, decided to hit back. Hard. "I wanted to do something so big that it would be impossible to retaliate," Alan says. So Alan and a small group of other GPU designers آ— Eric Tyson, Steve Mueller and Rafal Zboinski آ— huddled around a whiteboard to sketch out what revenge might look like.

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