UL Benchmarks shows first Google Stadia tech demo, using multiple GPUs

UL Benchmarks has shared the first tech demo (in video format) for Google Stadia. Stadia is Google’s new streaming service that promises to make multi-GPU computing available to everyone through the cloud. In this tech demo, UL Benchmarks shows how game developers can use cloud-based, multi-GPU rendering on Stadia to create richer, more dynamic game experiences.

In this demo, one GPU handles most of the traditional geometry rendering. Additional GPUs are called in as needed to enhance the scene with dynamic fluid simulations and complex particle effects.

As UL Benchmarks stated:

“Multi-GPU computing has the potential to make game experiences richer and more dynamic. But PCs with multiple GPUs are rare and expensive, which gives game developers little reason to explore the opportunities.

For the last few months, we’ve been working with Google to create a real-time demo of cloud-based, multi-GPU rendering to show how games might use the extra performance available through Stadia.”

Now while this sounds great on paper, we’ve seen a lot of developers lately abandoning multi-GPU support on the PC. As we’ve seen in our PC Performance Analysis articles, it’s really rare these days finding a new release with support for either SLI or Crossfire. Therefore, I’m not certain whether third-party game developers will indeed take advantage of Stadia’s multi-GPU support (though I can see first-party studios putting multi-GPUs to good use).

But anyway, enjoy the video and stay tuned for more!