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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How many threads should I have, and for what?

Should I have separate threads for rendering and logic, or even more? I'm aware of the immense performance drop caused by data synchronization (let alone any mutex locks). I've been thinking of ...
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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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How to not freeze the main thread in Unity?

I have a level generation algorithm that is computationally heavy. As such, calling it always results in the game screen freezing. How can I place the function on a second thread while the game still ...
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How many threads should an Android game use?

At minimum, an OpenGL Android game has a UI thread and a Renderer thread created by GLSurfaceView. Renderer.onDrawFrame() should be doing a minimum of work to get the higest FPS. The physics, AI, ...
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XNA: How does threading work?

I would like to implement threading in my XNA game but I'm not sure how things work when compiling for the XBOX 360. Could someone elaborate on this? For example, how many threads does XBOX support? ...
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Should I use one thread per game object?

I developing a simple real-time strategy game in a small team with no experience, and we're considering using one thread per game object (tank, soldier, etc). Is this a good idea or is it overkill? ...
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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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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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Data structures for interpolation and threading?

I've been dealing with some frame-rate jittering issues with my game lately, and it seems that the best solution would be the one suggested by Glenn Fiedler (Gaffer on Games) in the classic Fix Your ...
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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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Multithreading 2D gravity calculations

I'm building a space exploration game and I've currently started working on gravity ( In C# with XNA). The gravity still needs tweaking, but before I can do that, I need to address some performance ...
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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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What threading strategy does a game like Transport Tycoon use? [closed]

Transport Tycoon is a simulation game where you control a transport company, place railroad tracks and trains, airports, bus depots, boats etc. Now the game is about 15 years old and I remember ...
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Can you use a standard multi-thread if only reading unity objects?

First of all I know about coroutines and how to use them (they're awesome). A friend of mine was telling me about the way the he implemented his saving system in a game he was working on, after ...
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Is it a good idea to make most actions in a game driven by simple tiny threads (in Java)? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of for example making the jump action of a character, that takes ~1s, a distinct runnable, so then other threads can read its state, with additional control over the action itself by the "...
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RTS combat system

I am developing a small-scale TB/RT Strategy hybrid, not unlike the Total War series. It's in the classic medieval setting, with only melee infantry combat currently implemented for testing. Units are ...
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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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Multithreading in Gamedevelopment, specifically Networking

Let me quick explain my actual setup: I use 2 Threads, one for networking and one for the main-loop (input, update, render). I have two synchronized queues, one for mainthread->networking and one for ...