Multithreading allows multiple threads to exist within the context of a single process sharing same resources but are able to execute independently.

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Using an Entity System Architecture with Task Based Parallelism

Background I have been working on creating a multithreaded game engine in my spare time and I currently trying to decide the best way to work an entity sytem into what I have already created. So far, ...
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Unity editor stalling on second attempt to play

I am attempting to use a Tobii TX300 eye-tracker as an input device for Unity. This device is connected via LAN (TCP connection managed by Tobii SDK). The Tobii SDK has appropriate methods (I am ...
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do games use multiple threads to play music?

Do games use multiple threads to play music and other operations besides things like server connections and sockets? And is that why when the game freezes (for any reason) the music can sometimes ...
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Multi-threaded game (engine) design resources?

What are the best resources on multi-threaded game or game engine design and development? As this is obviously where computers are headed, I intend to study this topic and I'd like to know what ...
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Implementations of task-based parallelism in game engines_

I'm looking for implementations of this because I'm having an especially hard time understanding how data is usually handled. As I understand it, simply using critical sections and locking code ...
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WinAPI SwapBuffers and Threads

I'm trying to use a different Thread for the whole WinAPI-Message-Loop stuff, so the window always keeps being responsive. Of course I'm using the main thread as the "window thread", because I need a ...
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How should I invoke a physics engine?

I'm new to writing games. I'm planning to write a 2D battle game which may require an physics engine. Suppose I've written one, but how can I combine it with the main routine of my game? Should I ...
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Multithreading in lwjgl getting rid of sleep.

I'm trying to use multithreading in my game. However, I can't seem to get rid of the sleep. If I don't it's a blank screen, as there is no time for the computer to actually render the triangleMob as ...
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What's a good way to distribute delayable tasks between frames to avoid lost frames?

I'm having a problem with finding a good way to keep the framerate high and at the same time keep running methods of game world update. I figured I could just put those methods in a thread so they are ...
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How do I start writing an MMO game server? [closed]

I am developing a multi-player on-line game. I just started coding the server but I have no idea how to do it. Do I have to use threads ? And if i do, do I need one thread for every client? Knowing ...
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How can I make message passing between threads in a multithreaded engine less cumbersome?

The C++ engine I'm working on currently is split up into several large threads- Generation (for creating my procedural content), Gameplay (for AI, scripts, simulation), Physics, and Rendering. The ...
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Separating rendering and logic thread in GLFW? [closed]

I want to separate my rendering thread (the main thread) and my logic thread in my GLFW game. I'm new to the concept of threading inside games. How would this be done? GLFW isn't thread safe so it ...
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GLES2.0 3D Android game performance and multi threading the update?

I have profiled my mixed Java\C++ Android game and I got the following result: As you can see, the pink think is a C++ functions that updates the game. It does things like updating the logic but it ...
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Displaying animations during loading screens

Games like Karateka (which uses UDK) seem to be able to asynchronously load GL assets as well as display animation. The splash is incredibly short, then presumably their glView shows up. I can think ...
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MVC with looping view

For our school project we'd like to develop a game using the MVC pattern. We're all moderate new java programmers and absolutely new in game development. With our current view (containing only menu) ...
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Separate renderng thread in Android (OpenGL ES 2.0)

I'm used to mainly working with the Canvas SurfaceView API on Android and have recently been learning openGL ES 2.0 With canvas I know that surfaceView gives you the ability to start a new thread to ...
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How can I control the frame update rate of a thread?

I'm building a small game for a college project. It's quite a simple game. There are a number of dots on the screen and the player has to select them in a specific order. It's kind of a "join the ...
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How wise is this multithreading architecture?

I'm rewriting a game engine I wrote in an attempt to parallelize as much as possible. I'm considering making properties which may be accessed from multiple threads all use accessors which use boost ...
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What operations should be multithreaded?

I wonder what game operations should be multithreaded, and which should always run on the main thread. The most expensive operations I could come up with are: loading a level loading resources (for ...
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Synchronizing input, update and rendering threads

How do you synchronise the input-handling, state-updating and rendering threads? If a sprite position is modified due to input, the wrong position of the sprite might be drawn to the screen if the ...
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Implementing multithreaded loading screens

Ok, I have fairly little multi-threading experience, but i have done a similar thing before without issue...but this has me stumped. This is in C++, Directx9 Visual Studio... My game basically runs ...
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Receiving server data inside game loop

I'm planning on how my multiplayer game client game loop should work. While I'm convinced that server should be moved from game loop into it's own thread, I'm not sure what should I do about receiving ...
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SpriteBatch.end() Issue because of a thread

While playing, I use a thread to Load() and Unload() Texture2D. I have multiple ContentManager to only Unload() Texture2D I want to unload. But sometimes, I have this issue on the SpriteBatch.End() : ...
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Can threads be used to run resource consuming methods without -ever- freezing UI?

Until recently I was sure that running expensive operations in threads can prevent UI freezing, but now I'm not. Is it not guaranteed that a threaded operation will not hog the main thread's ...
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Expensive operations and threading in XNA games [closed]

There's this post, it's highest voted answer got me curious about the many ways of threading games. My game has input update, game logic update, user interface update and expensive operations ...
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How does Dwarf Fortress keep track of so many entities without losing performance?

In Dwarf Fortress you can have hundreds of Dwarves, animals, goblins, etc in game at any one time, each with their own complex AI and pathfinding routines. My question is how does this not produce ...
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Creating the concept of Time

So I've reached the point in my exploration of gaming where I'd like to impliment the concept of time into my little demo I've been building. What are some common methodologies for creating the ...
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Multithreading for a mixed-genre game in Python?

So here's the situation. I'm making a game that mixes two genres; arcade shooter and puzzler. They don't intertwine TOO much; all the interaction that really goes on is that every time an enemy is ...
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Code structure in Android 2D game

Well I've finnaly decided to start Android game dev, and my first project will be simple 2d canvas based game. I have some experience in game developing with C# and XNA, and I'm a bit confused now. ...
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How do I use threads together with DirectX11?

I have only found the documents on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff476884(v=vs.85).aspx Although it doesn't say anything about creating them, it mentions that device is ...
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Splitting logic into threads in Java tower defence game

I'm making a tower defence game in Java! It's my first game development. I want to know how many threads Do I need to create in a game, to split logic.. I've made this one: Main App thread (adds ...
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Efficiency concerning thread granularity

Lately, I've been thinking of ways to use multithreading to improve the speed of different parts of a game engine. What confuses me is the appropriate granularity of threads, especially when dealing ...
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Should I amortize scripting cost via bytecode analysis or multithreading?

I'm working on a game sort of thing where users can write arbitrary code for individual agents, and I'm trying to decide the best way to divide up computation time. The simplest option would be to ...
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Threads slowing down application and not working properly

I'm making a software renderer which does per-polygon rasterization using a floating point digital differential analyzer algorithm. My idea was to create two threads for rasterization and have them ...
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Separate update and render

I'm programming a simple Snake in Java. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to Java and Game Developing, so please bear with me ;) Until now, I have been using a UI thread, as well as a ...
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How to create a thread in XNA for pathfinding?

I am trying to create a separate thread for my enemy's A* pathfinder which will give me a list of points to get to the player. I have placed the thread in the update method of my enemy. However this ...
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Does using [STAThread] with XNA have any negative implications?

I'm working on a game in XNA, which has an inbuilt level editor. To facilitate this I want use the FileOpenDialog from Winforms. I followed the instructions as per this answer. This involves setting ...
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Does concurrency inherently introduce “randomness” into a game?

When a game is implemented with concurrency (as most games are), does this necessarily, by its very nature, introduce an element of randomness into the game that is outside of the players' control? ...
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How to properly multi thread an RPG

I am working on an RPG type game in Java and I would like to know a few things relating to threading, What is the best way to implement a "wait for this then do this" without hanging the whole ...
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Do games use threads?

I 'understand' that the concept of how a game runs i.e while (game_loop = true) { //handle events // input/output/sound etc } But it has come to my attention while programming in another ...
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multi-thread in mmorpg server

For MMORPG, there is a tick function to update every object's state in a map. The function was triggered by a timer in fixed interval. So each map's update can be dispatch to different thread. At ...
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Multi threaded game - updating, rendering, and how to split them

From the StackOverflow post (it was recommended I move this): So, I'm working on a game engine, and I've made pretty good progress. However, my engine is single-threaded, and the advantages of ...
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How to separate my rendering from game loop?

If I have a (complex) operation that takes a long time for it to finish, for instance, a couple of seconds, my frame rate drops far below the acceptable. How could I still implement it while it is not ...
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Is it safe to run multiple XNA ContentManager instances on multiple threads?

My XNA project currently uses one ContentManager instance, and one dedicated background thread for loading all content. I wonder, would it be safe to have multiple ContentManager instances, each in ...
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Multi-threaded JOGL Problem

I'm writing a simple OpenGL application in Java that implements the Monte Carlo method for estimating the value of PI. The method is pretty easy. Simply, you draw a circle inside a unit square and ...
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Multithreaded game fails on SwapBuffers in render thread at exit

The render loop and windows message loop run on separate threads. The way the program exits is that after PostQuitMessage is called in WM_DESTROY the message loop thread signals the render loop thread ...
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Threading iPhone

Say I have a group of large meshes that I have to intersect rays against. Assume also, for whatever reason, I cannot further simplify/reduce poly check count by spatial subdivisioning. I can do this ...
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XNA Xbox, utilizing multiple cores [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XNA: How does threading work? It's my understanding that the Xbox has 3 cores that are available to use. I'm hoping to offload AI to another core, and possibly use ...
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Thread.SetProcessorAffinity() equivalent for Windows?

I want to be able to use multiple cores in my XNA game, but it seems that Thread.SetProcessorAffinity() is only usable on xbox. That being said, is there any way to run a small chunk of my code on ...
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Xna Loading Screens

I'm making a 2D XNA game. I'd like to implement loading screens when stuff has to load for a while. Like when I login to an account, connect to the server, and generate worlds. I'm pretty sure it ...