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三年的 Metal 旅程

我們在三年前把成像器換成了 Metal。 轉換過程非常地順利,Metal 在 iOS 的效能也很棒。 我們想花一點時間分享我們做這個決定的過程,還有執行之後的成果。(先在這裡講明,成果很棒喔!) 當初的反思大部分都還成立,不過 Metal 現在的表現越來越好了,我們想在轉換成 Metal 滿三年的這個時間重新和大家分享一下。 那就讓我們搭上時光機回到 2016 年 12 月,我們剛剛在 iOS 上推出早期的 Metal 成像器版本的時候吧。 為什麼要用 Metal? Apple 在 2014 年的全球開發者大會(WWDC)宣布 Metal 的時候,我第一個反應是完全不理它。 Metal 只能在尚未普及的最新硬體上使用,雖然 Apple 提到它可以解決 CPU 效能方面的問題,但是只幫到市場佔有率極小的使用者族群的話,效能最高和效能最低的裝置之間的差距將會拉得更大。 我們當時只有在 Apple 裝置上使用 OpenGL ES2,才剛開始在 Android 裝置上推出。 以下是兩年半過後 Metal 在我們使用者族群的市場佔有率: 這個比例讓 Metal 跟以前相比更加吸引人。 Metal 的確還是對最老舊的裝置沒有幫助,但是因為 GL 在 iOS 的市場不斷在縮小,和我們會為老舊與較新的裝置常常會給予不同內容,我們覺得花一點資源優化 Metal…

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Updates to Interior most Servers (Previously Is named VIP Servers)

Whether you’re into throwing Freeze Tag marathons with your math class or blasting through Vehicle Simulator with your besties, we’re continuing to make it easier than ever to play with your friends on Roblox. Last April, we launched the Play Together sort, which gave players another way to find experiences that simulate real-life social activities,…

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Revolutionizing Our Micro Frontend Construct Pipeline

The Roblox Web Application has been built as a monolith. As in the diagram below, it requires all engineers developing on one project to release together. The project is built using a .Net MVC framework, including Asp .Net Web Form, so applying any change requires MSBuild — even for JS/CSS/Image changes. Build and Deployment On…

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Video Creator Spotlight: Denis

He’s a master of obbies, the best of friends with Sir Meows-a-Lot, and the winner of the 7th Annual Bloxy Award for Best Content Creator. With over 3 billion YouTube views, millions of subscribers, and hours upon hours of Roblox gameplay, Denis has become a huge part of our community. We got to chat with…

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DC’s Shock Lady Comes to Roblox

Roblox has teamed up with DC to bring you an all-new way to explore their incredible universe of characters, stories, and locations—starting with one of their most iconic Super Heroes, Wonder Woman! Champion of Truth. Warrior for Peace. Born of mythological royalty on the paradise island of Themyscira and raised as a princess, young Diana…

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Pride Month 2020 – Celebrating Our Neighborhood

Roblox couldn’t be more proud of our community. Our players, developers, and employees come from all walks of life to learn, create, and help one another grow as human beings. This Pride Month, we’re taking a moment to focus on the stories of some of the LGBT+ individuals who help make Roblox such a fantastic…

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Designing the Future, Nowadays

At the heart of design is the belief that things can be better Who would you be if you could be anyone? What would you create if you could make anything? What if you had the tools to bring your imagination to life? Roblox citizens are answering these questions every day. Some might mistake Roblox…

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Getting Faster and Leaner on Mobile: Optimizing Roblox with Vulkan

Roblox runs on millions of Android devices, and it’s important for us to be able to achieve good performance where possible. Rendering performance in particular is challenging — we target many different hardware architectures, many different types of devices on the power/performance curve, and of course many versions of wildly different drivers. In 2018, we’ve…

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Management thru Recordsdata Science at Roblox

By all measures, Roblox has grown extremely fast in the past few years. Whether through the lens of consumer engagement, developer content, or employees, each kind of growth has posed unique challenges to scaling. The Data Science & Analytics organization’s mission is to increase our speed, frequency, and acumen in making decisions to build the…

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A Message to the Roblox Community

Dear Roblox employees and community members – It is a trying time for all of us right now. We have been through three months of battling a pandemic and enduring the many challenges of sheltering in place. Beneath the surface, people are struggling. Forty million Americans are out of work. There is a hidden toll…

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