The process of modifying software to make some part of it work more efficiently or use fewer resources. Generally, this means it executes more rapidly, or will require fewer resources.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
816 views

How can I optimize this flood fill algorithm?

I'm creating a sprite and animation editor like this one. I'm having performance issues with my flood-fill algorithm. Basically, I open an image with the different modules that are part of a frame of ...
1
vote
1answer
280 views

Swarm Algorithms [closed]

I have been asked to deliver a presentation for my university course on ant, bee and particle swarm algorithms. Therefore I am attempting to learn more about swarm algorithms and their uses within ...
2
votes
2answers
544 views

Store values or calculate values [closed]

We're talking about fairly anal levels of optimisation here that I wouldn't really worry about in anything other than mobile games. Let's say for example you were drawing a texture to the screen in a ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Efficiently tracking active instances

I'm creating a game with lots of instances. On each iteration of the game loop, I only want to deal with the ones that are near the player. Currently, I do this by constructing a list of all the ...
3
votes
2answers
615 views

A Star pathfinding algorithm, multiple node set optimization

I'm trying to determine if this is an optimization I should pursue or if this is way to complicated to be worth my time. I've successfully implemented the A Star Algorithm for my video game. I used ...
4
votes
1answer
172 views

Large 2D Arrays Causing Garbage Collection

I've been working on a game in Java that, for this post's sake, looks like Terraria and has random world generation. I've been using Vectors to contain my tile/block objects, but recently due to the ...
4
votes
1answer
377 views

Can an existing game be optimised by converting it to use cel-shading?

I assume it's possible to cel-shade existing games through API interception. If done properly, could this be used as a rendering optimization technique? This means rather than doing the cel-shading ...
0
votes
4answers
169 views

How can I optimize performance when updating tiles?

So I'm making a side-scrolling adventure type game in Java. The worlds are procedurally generated, so I can't manually place tiles. Therefore, I every 20 ticks (1/3 second) I update every block's tile ...
14
votes
3answers
19k views

How can I make huge terrains in Unity?

How can I make extremely huge terrains in Unity? It seems like I can set width and length to large values. But the Heightmap resolution only goes up to 4097 and the Detail resolution only goes up to ...
3
votes
1answer
109 views

CSS Sprite position updates slow due to addition of 'px'?

I'm moving fewer than 10 position: absolute elements around the screen. An enormous amount of CPU time (profiled in Chrome as (program) i.e. native code) is used where I do the following: style.left ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

How to calculate FPS and what factors affect FPS?

In this case, FPS means Frames Per Second and that means the number of frames that graphic hardware render in one second. I'm wondering what kind of stuffs could affect FPS? So, for some tests I ...
14
votes
5answers
1k views

Optimizing collision engine bottleneck

If this is your first time on this question, I suggest reading the pre-update part below first, then this part. Here's a synthesis of the problem, though: Basically, I have a collision detection ...
6
votes
2answers
371 views

How can I optimize a parallax effect consisting of multiple transparent layers?

I have a parallax effect in MonoGame consisting of multiple semi-transparent layers of textures. The effect is simple, but rendering multiple transparent layers on top of each other is rather slow. ...
0
votes
1answer
126 views

What is the optimal way to handle matrix internal data storage for interop with native graphics apis?

I'm writing a managed (c#) game engine and have stumbled on a bit of a crossroads in design/implementation regarding matrix types. Matrix types need to be optimized for marshaling to native graphics ...
0
votes
1answer
220 views

Optimizing Draw calls in MonoGame Android platformer

I am working on a 2D platformer that is in the final stages of optimization. I have a few different devices for testing, and I am trying to get the best possible framerate on the weaker ones. On a ...
2
votes
1answer
163 views

Rearranging array for memory efficiency

This is a question about a passage from this article: I suggest having every game object exist within a single giant array. This keeps game objects together in memory, and even though deletion ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Fast fullscreen quad rendering in Direct3D 11?

For the last few weeks, I've been trying to port a DX9 implementation of HDR rendering (tone mapping, bloom, stars, etc.) over to DX11. I believe I've got all features working but I'm not getting good ...
-2
votes
1answer
5k views

Games able to use 4+ core CPUs properly [closed]

Are there any games that can really benefit from use of quad core CPU instead of two-core one like Intel Core i3 4340 vs Intel Core i5 4590 Basically they are quite similar in terms of ...
2
votes
1answer
221 views

How do I efficiently collide and match groups of coloured circles?

I am new to game programming and working on clone of this game in libgdx. The game has some static balls and one ball that moves. I want to check if the moving ball collides with any static ones, but ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

Component-wise GLSL vector branching

I'm aware that it usually is a BAD idea to operate separately on GLSL vec's components separately. For example: //use instrinsic functions, they do the calculation on 4 components at a time. float ...
3
votes
2answers
275 views

How should I choose quadtree depth?

I'm using a quadtree to prune collision detection pairs in a 2d world. How should I choose to what depth said quadtree is calculated? The world is made mostly of moving objects1, so the cost of ...
4
votes
1answer
155 views

2D Boxes/Vertices merging

I want to optimize my colliders geometry, at the moment is composed by boxes (it's a tile based game) of the same dimensions, i want to remove the inner vertices to have, at the end, only the shell. ...
1
vote
1answer
594 views

How to optimize a box2d simulation in action game?

I'm working on an action game and i use box2d for physics. The game use a tiled map. I have different types of body: Static ones used for tiles Dynamic ones for player and enemies Actually i ...
2
votes
0answers
157 views

Improving effect performance in XNA

I'm making a 2D, top-down platformer, in which four or five layers are rendered each time the game draws. Everything is fairly performant except for the bottom layer, which is the game map. This is ...
0
votes
1answer
266 views

Really weird peaks when profiling a simple scene with Unity3D

I need some help optimizing my game. I have spent last 3 days digging around with no luck. I have noticed really odd results in the unity profiler so, I have created a simple scene with just a cube ...
1
vote
2answers
151 views

Compute world position by walking N units along spline?

My goal is to move ahead along a spline 'x' world units, unfortunately there is no way to map spline points to world points. What I do is I iterate along the spline by a small alpha amount (say ...
5
votes
2answers
270 views

Handle movement with QuadTree

I currently have a QuadTree that contains all my Entities. It works well and I've optimized it pretty decently, but the one thing that hurts is that I am removing from and inserting to it almost ...
2
votes
1answer
122 views

Level of Detail/Load on Demand for crowds: replace groups of objects instead of individual ones?

I have been thinking of using level of detail to make rendering crowds easier. The idea is to replace a group of meshes with a single one representing a group. For example, you have 1 individual cube ...
1
vote
0answers
369 views

Android and OpenGL, single thread vs double thread [closed]

I'm trying to optimize my Android OpenGL ES 2.0 application, and I find myself being CPU bound. After googling, I've found this, which suggest to use a thread for updating objects, and a thread for ...
0
votes
2answers
215 views

How do I merge quads to simplify a heightmap?

I'm trying to improve my frame rates. My map has an area of 200 * 200 vertices, where each vertex has a height. 200 * 200 = 40000 vertices per frame. I'd like to create a method to simplify the ...
2
votes
0answers
427 views

OpenGL drawing 500k triangles [closed]

I want to render big, izometric 2d map (using ortho projection). I am using OpenTK and aiming for OpenGL 3.3. Perfect option would be to draw 512x512 map of tiles, which is 262144 blocks -> 524288 ...
14
votes
2answers
736 views

How do you prepare for out of memory conditions?

This can be easy for games with well defined scope, but the question is about sandbox games, where the player is allowed to create and build anything. Possible techniques: Use memory pools with ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

Run menu in gameloop or as activity?

Currently I am running my menu (with buttons "new game" and "choose level") as an xml view of an activity, that then starts my gameactivity with custom view run on a gameloop. But Im starting to see ...
1
vote
0answers
145 views

Speeding up point-in-polygon for Python

In researching collision detection methods for non-Rect-like objects I came across point-in-polygon -- specifically, the even-odd rule. The one presently on Wikipedia claims it is written in Python, ...
0
votes
2answers
315 views

Which code is faster to convert -1 to 0 and 1 to 1?

I'm writing a shader for rendering the sides of triangles with different colors. I have a value mediump float back = dot(V, N) which is positive if the normal faces away from the camera and negative ...
0
votes
1answer
314 views

What are the possible techniques to optimize the lighting pass in a deferred shading renderer? [closed]

I am toying around with "modern" OpenGL (this is my first attempt, I am new to this) and I have been developping my own deferred shading renderer as an exercise. I am using an FBO with the following ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

What are the common rendering optimization techniques for the geometry pass in a deferred shading renderer? [closed]

I have been developing a game engine using OpenGL 3 and C++ (and glfw for window management). I have advanced so far, got most of the things done except sound entities and optimizations. The engine ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

Integer linear program solver based AI

Is Integer Linear Programming a viable solution for a turn based game AI? My current AI solution uses an ILP solver. If you are unfamiliar with ILP, it uses a collection of Booleans to find most ...
18
votes
6answers
3k views

How to optimize the distance function?

While developing a reasonably simple RTS-like game, I noticed my distance calculations were causing an impact in performance. At all times, there are distance checks to know if a unit is in range to ...
0
votes
2answers
244 views

Is there a way to optimize this 2D lighting effect shader? [duplicate]

I'm doing a little 2D game in C++ with Direct3D 11. In the game I want to render a sort of shadow that covers part of the screen: To do this I am using this pixel shader: float4 PS_Main( PS_Input ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Rendering a lot of Models at once with XNA

In an hexgrid based game, I render all terrain tiles as a separate model, reusing the same texture objects on all similar tiles. The tiles is a pretty simple model. When the terrain is set to be at ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Will function-local objects affect my performance over time?

This is a very simple question. Let's say my render loop runs at 60Hz, in each call to render(), I draw all my game's buildings, characters and scenery to make the current frame ready. Each of these ...
2
votes
2answers
191 views

Triangulating a point mesh at runtime

I'm familiar with various methods of triangulation (eg Delaunay), but since I have hundreds of thousands of regularly spaced points that may need to be revisited like this on each physics frame, I'm ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

Optimising meshes

The game MegaGlest uses a MD3-like mesh format, which is keyframe-based vertex animation. One of the challenges moving forward is to continue to support lower-end hardware. We know some users have ...
48
votes
3answers
11k views

Optimizing an XNA 2D game

Does it make sense to implement the logic to skip rendering objects outside the viewport or should I not care about it and let the Framework do it?
2
votes
1answer
220 views

XNA mesh.Draw() takes the longest CPU time

We have a problem. Our game steadily slows down as we increase the number of models we draw. When the number reaches 100 - FPS is dead. Our humble tests showed that the reason is not GPU. This is what ...
3
votes
2answers
279 views

How to optimize my A* algorithm

I'm working on a roguelike, and I think my A* algorithm is insufficient. My general algorithm for building the dungeon is: Place rooms Figure out which rooms should connect by a relative ...
1
vote
1answer
687 views

How to generate AABB, OBB & Sphere from polygon soup

How can I generate AABB, OOBB and Sphere from a polygon soup, where the bounding volumes are defined as follows: AABB should be specified by min(x,y,z) max(x,y,z) OOBB should be specified by ...
2
votes
2answers
725 views

How can I remove branches from a fragment shader function?

I have a fragment shader, when I've carefully managed to remove most branching decisions, as I have found out through research here that they are bad. But I have one function that I just can't work ...
0
votes
1answer
494 views

A*, Tile costs and heuristic; How to approach

I'm doing exercises in tile games and AI to improve my programming. I've written a highly unoptimised pathfinder that does the trick and a simple tile class. The first problem i ran into was that the ...