GPU (graphics processing unit), is a specialized processor designed to accelerate the process of building images.

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Keeping a mesh entirely at the GPU and changing its vertices there with a ComputeShader (Unity5)

In a Unity game I have an object whose mesh is made of around 10k vertices and I have to make changes to these vertices (position, color, etc) almost every frame. Considering that such object is ...
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Simple coherent noise function to use in a GLSL shader

I'm looking for a simple (but especially fast) coherent noise function to use it in a shader written in GLSL. I don't need it to be excessively smooth or good looking, I just need that it has the ...
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Simplex noise input problem

I am running simplex noise on a compute shader and am having problems getting an even(ish) distribution, with very obvious errors. I know this is due to particular inputs used but I have no bases for ...
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What is GPU instancing and what are its differences in comparison to standard instancing?

I have been reading a lot of debate on a new feature that will be in Unity 5.4: GPU instancing. I understand the importance of instancing in general, both in terms of saving memory and draw calls. ...
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Is there a way to identify, within a shader, the current GPU thread ID?

My question is rather simple: within a shader, is there a way (that works both in DirectX and OpenGL) to retrieve the ID of the given GPU thread being executed at the given iteration? I am using ...
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Reducing draw calls in a y-sorted orthogonal world

This is a hypothetical question, as I haven't yet come across the problem of making too many draw calls, but for my game I am aware that this could become a potential problem. The style of my game is ...
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is there a way to make decent material having reflection, glossy behaviour etc. whithout GPU (GLSL, HLSL)?

I'm developping 3D applications using Irrlicht, i want to know if texturing is the only one solution to fake material behaviour, 'cause my video card doesn't support GPU programming (GEForce 6800)
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How to determine what color will be written into single pixel framebuffer?

I thinking about rendering into single pixel (1x1) framebuffer. For example we have two triangles which covers whole NDC area, one is green second red. What color will be written to 1x1 framebuffer? ...
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What are other sources of screen tearing?

I have a DirectX11 based engine / application that is showing screen tearing on a certain system. The system has a large TV monitor with a GTX 980 graphics card. The tearing tends to happen in ...
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Is glDrawArraysInstanced in OpenGL parallel when drawing those instances?

Is glDrawArraysInstanced in OpenGL parallel when drawing those instances? I cannot figure out by referring to its reference and numerous online tutorials. [Update] To be more clear, I mean, for ...
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OpenGL: Frame partially jumps back and forth

I'm working on a project with SDL and OpenGL. The game works great on Windows, Linux, OS X and iOS. However, the Android version is showing a problem on my phone in particular. I have tested another ...
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How do 3d engines create frames? [closed]

I wanted to start on a little project of making a simple 3d engine, but I can't seem to find anywhere how 3d engines actually make frames. (I don't mean the math behind the 3d projection). Do they use ...
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How to simulate a recoverable graphics driver crash

I'm trying to work around a bug in an external piece of code (Telerik graphs) that I do not have the source code to. It seems to make the graphics driver crash unexpectedly, but the graphics driver is ...
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Do shader compilers typically know not to look up unused texture channels?

I have a texture that's from the color attachment of an FBO in OpenGL ES 2.0, so I have limited control over the number of channels in the image. Suppose I only need the color from the R channel of ...
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Are shaders always faster?

Will using shaders or some other way of talking directly to the GPU always be faster than drawing to the screen in whatever language a game is being (mainly) written in? I guess that code with lots of ...
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How to have real time (blood) traces?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzf3zjPJYw4 In this game, Ink, color blobs fall then they create pretty color spots. The color traces are unlike any other game. For an example, in Super Meat Boy ...
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D3D12 device not supported

In the last days, I tried to learn the basics of Direct3D12, using some online resources and tutorials/demos. After failing to run the demos, I created a new project in Visual Studio 2015, added the ...
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OpenGL textureGather and DirectX gather

These functions sample multiple RGBA pixels but return only a single component. OpenGL: https://www.opengl.org/sdk/docs/man/html/textureGather.xhtml DirectX: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/...
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Discoordinated Chromatic Aberration Effect

The game Teleglitch heavily utilizes the CA effect with screen distortion. I am trying to achieve this effect. Issue 1. How to not apply the effect onto the floor? (solved) They render the screen ...
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Skeletal Animation Mirrored

Okay so I've been working on GPU skinning skeletal animations. I need help assessing what is going on here. Looks like the animations are completely mirrored What are the possible issues? I've been ...
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GPU friendly bezier storage/evaluation?

Let's say that you want to do bezier curve or surface evaluation on the GPU (fragment shader, geometry shader, compute shader, OpenCL, etc). Does anyone know of any interesting tricks of techniques ...
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(Fat) ray cast with MPR OR GJK?

I know that it's possible to see if a line segment or a swept shape (to make a "fat" line segment) intersects objects using MPR and GJK. Is it possible in those situations to find out the distance ...
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Are GPU physics implementations branchless?

I've implemented MPR on the CPU and in pixel shaders (long story!) and there seems to be unavoidable conditional loops both to find the starting portal as well as to find the final solution. I know ...
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Hundreds or even thousands of “slow” running CPUs emulated on GPU?

Introduction This question is specific to GPU programming. It's not primarily about the game idea. However, to better understand the question i will detail what it is i want to achieve in my game. ...
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Relation between TFLOPS and Threads in a GPU?

What's the relation between Teraflops and Threads in a GPU like GTX Titan X has 7 TFOPS of Compute Performance but how many threads it has ? And Like Xbox and PS4 have 1.32 and 1.84 TFLOPS of compute ...
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Moving skeletal animation blending logic to GPU: worth it?

We have a solid skeletal animation system in our engine. It allows to set up to three animations onto each bone and blend them seamlessly. The animation update (fetching animation matrix given current ...
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Can I use the HD Graphics 3000's quad list primitive type via D3D?

I was studying some technical documentation on the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, which I'm using as a lower-end reference for my 2D game engine. I noticed the hardware supports a nice "Quad List" ...
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TTF fonts are being converted to image in CPU or GPU?

Once I use a TTF font, when they are being converted to images to be rendered? Does CPU or GPU do the conversion? How heavy is that operation?
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How much is atomicAdd slower than an atomic counter?

I am considering replacing an atomic counter in my shader code with a SSBO an atomicAdd operation. What I need to know is the difference in performance of these two. I know the atomic counter executes ...
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Is there a way to manipulate a pixel Array on the GPU?

I'm currently working on a 2D-Game and i want to draw and calculate the whole screen myself through a pixel array. I'm programming in C++, using SDL 2 and OpenGL specifically a OpenGL Texture which is ...
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Are Textures cached by GPU or buffered from memory for every frame?

I did a lot of research on this but couldn't find any answer. -Are the textures buffered from memory(RAM) for each Draw Call/Frame or are cached in VRAM. As per my research, I believe in the former ...
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What limits the number of vertices the GPU can process per clock cycle?

I am currently experimenting with OpenGL to make my own game. I wrote some test code to see what are the limits of my GPU. I own a Geforce 840m. This essentially consists of a draw command ...
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How do I control which calculations are done on the CPU and which are done on the GPU?

My current understanding is that anything done in a shader file is done on the GPU, and anything done in my (Java, in my case) code is done on the CPU. Is this an accurate description?
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Is GPU locality of reference worth worrying about?

Does locality of reference make as much of a difference to GPU performance as it does CPU performance? For example, if I send 200 draw commands to the GPU, will I see a (potentially) noticeable ...
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How can I estimate the perfomance of graphics cards I don't have? [duplicate]

I'm developing a voxel game with OpenGL and want to optimize the number of rendered faces. How can I estimate how many faces at most a modern graphics card of a certain brand is able to compute, while ...
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How can I make sure my game runs on older GPUs than mine?

My game must stay at 75fps to be playable (I'm developing for the Oculus Rift) and I'm optimizing with that hardware in mind. My mid-range Nvidia GTX 650 Ti struggles a little with some Rift demos, ...
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GPU skinning weird issue [duplicate]

I finally got my GPU skinning to work! (Mostly) I'm using MD5 format and this here tutorial However the weird part is that I'm getting EXACTLY the same issue as this unanswered post: here The ...
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Threading in Sound

I am developing a game and a question that constantly comes to mind is how my sound system is going to work. I am currently working on the graphics and terrain generation portion of my game and sound ...
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How to profile CPU and GPU performance if I have a monster PC?

I'm going to upgrade my PC soon. I'm worried that I will no longer spot performance losses in my game because of the better specs. I can check memory usage easily, but how do I check and debug CPU ...
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how much memory does Adreno 320 GPU provide? [closed]

I wanted to know how much memory does Adreno 320 GPU provide ? I am using Nexus 4. I Googled about it and not able to find any details about it. Can anyone provide the details?
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Possible to create 3-D or accelerated graphics on Windows using your own library/API?

Say I want to come up with a way to replace what OpenGL and DirectX specifications do: communicate with GPU to get some functions done that help hardware-acceleration and rapid drawing of screen data. ...
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How do professional games avoid showing pixel seams in adjacent mesh boundaries due to decimal imprecision?

Graphics cards are mathematically imprecise. So when some meshes are joined by their borders, the graphics card often makes mistakes and decides that some pixels at the seam represent neither object, ...
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Correct method for choosing the user's video cards?

My game uses DirectX 10, and I'm having a problem where users are reporting that my game isn't picking up on their graphics card. Instead it prefers to run on their integrated Intel card, ruining ...
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Should all primitives be GL_TRIANGLES in order to create large, unified batches?

Optimizing modern OpenGL relies on aggressive batching, which is done by calls like glMultiDrawElementsIndirect. Although glMultiDrawElementsIndirect can render a large number of different meshes, it ...
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Android: Hardware Scaler

I was reading through this: using-hardware-scaler-for-performance and am a little confused by it. It says all you need to do to invoke the scaler is to set it like so: surfaceView = new ...
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Can an application break the graphics card?

Quick note: I know this is a game development Q&A site but I guess you guys most of all know and have experience with graphics cards so I address this question to you. If you think this is ...
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Why would you use software rendering over hardware rendering, today?

As opposed to CPU or software rendering I assume? Wouldn't generally all current rendering be GPU based, seeing as you would be using OpenGL or Direct X? Could someone give me some info here, can't ...
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Can sprite sheet width and height affect performance?

Is there any performance difference in the way the images are placed inside a sprite sheet image (for the same total area)? For example, should I place 50 sprites (50x50 each) in a linear way ...
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opengl offscreen rendering in linux is slow [duplicate]

My opengl application runs at about 110 fps. The moment I add off-screen rendering, it slows down to 15 fps. I am using frame buffer objects and glReadPixels to render off-screen. I have searched on ...
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How many rendering passes is “normal”?

I've been implementing John Chapman's method for SSAO (an excellent tutorial by the way), and I've completed it all minus the final part: blurring it. I believe this is what the entire process should ...