Does XNA support 1 dimensional textures. And by 1 dimension texture I mean something like Texture1d not a Texture2d where one dimension is 1 (because of the 4096 limit)

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    \$\begingroup\$ 1 dimensional? Like a line? Which has no thickness? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 0:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ X-Zero, yes, I mean like a line. More specifically, though, I mean like a 1 dimensional array of data that can be passed to a pixel shader \$\endgroup\$
    – Mr Bell
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 0:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can't you make your own 1D array with your data in it? Unless your question is whether or not you can pass 1D of data to a pixel shader, which I have no experience in. \$\endgroup\$
    – DMan
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 0:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Couldn't you just pass in a 2D texture, and in the shader code turn off extra sampling, then treat it as 1D \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 7:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ It looks like it might support Texture1D; but I couldn't get it to work. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 9:42

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As per my comment, SetValue(Vector4[]) does not work. However, you should be able to use a Texture2D to achieve what you are after.

You can map a one-dimensional index to a two-dimensional index using the following function:

x = index % width;
y = (index - x) / width;

Therefore you can simply perform a SetData(Vector4[]) on a Texture2D and map the indicies within the shader (make sure you use point sampling). If you use all the pixels in a 4096x4096 texture you will effectively have an array that can contain 16777216 values.

int ValuesStride = 4096; // a.k.a Width.
texture2D Values;
sampler2D ValuesSampler = 
  Texture = <Values>;
  Filter = POINT;
  AddressU = CLAMP;
  AddressV = CLAMP;

float4 PixelShaderFunction(float4 Position : POSITION0, float2 UV : TEXCOORD0) : COLOR0
  var value = ArrayLookup(ValuesSampler, ValuesStride, 100);
  // ...

float4 ArrayLookup(sampler2D sampler, int width, int index)
  float2 coord = (float2)0;
  coord.x = index % width;
  // We don't need to subtract coord.x because of how integral math works.
  coord.y = asint(index / width);
  return tex2D(sampler, coord);

HLSL has a Texture1D but XNA doesn't. I know little about shaders but I suggest you start first checking if the included basic effect supports Texture1D. If so then you just need to store in a buffer then pass it to the effect. If not you have to implement it from the ground up.

Not sure if it does but I hope that helps.


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