I'm using perlin noise to calculate different values for 3d block-world terrain. I calc roughly six (at most) noise values for various terrain features for every 4 blocks in a chunk. The missing values are then filled in by a linear interpolation method. I've built most of this from looking at how existing games like minecraft, terasology, etc do it.
The terrain I've finally wound up with is exactly where I want it - it looks great. However, the game FPS drops heavily any time a new set of chunks are loaded as the player walks.
Each chunk is 16x16x128 blocks. At max settings, the player may have 10 chunks in every direction visible, so if you walk sixteen blocks forward, roughly 10 new chunks are loaded and ten unloaded.
Even with calculating noise for only 1/4 the blocks in a chunk, the performance hit is too much. I've run some profiling and it's the
noise calculation method that's the culprit.
Obviously, I need to address this. I just need some advice.
- Are there any specific perlin/simplex implementations that are known to be tuned for performance?
- Would it be possible/advisable for me to run all of the noise calculations asynchronously and then pass those back to the main thread for actual block-fill and rendering?