Confessions of a researchaholic

September 27, 2021

Confession time

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:01 am

After updating the c/cpp/m/mm files of a product code repo knowing only c++ but not object-c I finally came around to read some tutorials about the latter today! Fortunately the two differ mainly on a syntactical level so I could grasp the basics pretty quickly.
I plan to do a quick pick up of Swift at some point in the future.

September 25, 2021

Job title

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:22 am
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Among all the aspects of a job, title has probably the largest ratio of what people care about psychologically over the practical cost/value/importance.
It cost an employer little-to-nothing to dish out prestigious-sounding job titles.

September 19, 2021

I joined NVIDIA 20 years ago

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:01 pm
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Around this time 20 years ago I got my first job in NVIDIA, an event memorable partly due to September 11 2001. (I was told on my first day of job that I was the only new member of the architecture group during the hiring freeze.)

More memorable are all colleagues whom I am grateful to work with.
Erik Lindholm and Walt Donovan were my de-facto mentors for the vertex and texture units, and I also learned a lot from other unit team members such as Henry Moreton, Simon Moy, Alex Minkin, Paul Heckbert, and Joel McCormack.
I would like to thank John Danskin for his management, and the Kumar dude who introduced the RTL book to me (sorry I couldn’t recall your full name even though I could recall your reaction to dogs).
Bryon Nordquist and Wei-Chao Chen, who worked closely with me in the adjacent units (front end and pixel), had to constantly tolerate my regression breaks.
Interactions with Jakob Nebeker (who claimed that PhD is useless but later got one himself), Will Newhall, Chris Donham (who discovered a bug caused by quantum interference), Trista Chen, and many others have made my job much more enjoyable.

Holding on to my NVDA stocks turned out to be one of the best investment decisions I have made (at this moment of writing) and the price fluctuations made a good mental training.

September 4, 2021

Career tips from Janet Yellen

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:11 am

Always be prepared and never wing it, and others that sound ordinary instead of miraculous:

September 2, 2021


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:02 am

Who should decide working hours for employees?

It need not be by anyone (employers, regulators, etc.) if the incentives are properly designed by measuring and rewarding output productivity, which is what really matters instead of input effort.

June 23, 2021

Network effect for coming back to office

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:40 am

In addition to issues such as workplace amenities and job functions, one key factor for employees to consider when to come back to the office is whether others, especially close collaborators, will do so similarly.

June 19, 2021

Company culture

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:19 pm

Company culture influences how, in addition to what, the employees accomplish the outcomes.
Focusing only in the latter can often increase burnouts/turnovers, as well as unethical or unlawful behaviors, such as cheating in benchmarks or stealing vendor data for private label products.

April 1, 2021

Remote working

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:47 am
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Since I do not really have the notion of “work” days, I am already well set-up for remote work when the lockdown started.

January 1, 2021


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