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OpenGL ES 2.0, FBO, low performance

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Hi

 

I added FBO support but looks like the performance is much lower than I expected. I'm using two screens (scene rendered for two cameras). Without FBO I have 55 fps. After adding it (texture 1024x768) - it's only 26 fps.

 

I also checked different configurations:

1. "Slower" - scene rendered 4 times + 2 quads with texture:

Camera1 to FBO1

Camera2 to FBO2

Screen1: Camera1 - fullscreen, Camera2 - FBO2, shown on small quad

Screen2: Camera2 - fullscreen, Camera1 - FBO1, shown on small quad

Results (for different texture size):

256x256 - 50 fps
1024x768 - 30 fps
2048x2048 - 9 fps

 

2. "Faster" - scene rendered 2 times + 4 quads with texture:

Camera1 to FBO1

Camera2 to FBO2

Screen1: Camera1 - FBO1, fullscreen, Camera2 - FBO2, shown on small quad

Screen2: Camera2 - FBO2, fullscreen, Camera1 - FBO1, shown on small quad

256x256 - 43 fps
1024x768 - 23 fps
2048x2048 - 8 fps

 

I'm using device with Vivante gc2000.

 

Part of code:

// ## rendering to texture1 ##:

glViewport(0, 0, 1024, 768);
glBindFramebuffer(GL_FRAMEBUFFER, m_FBO);
glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT);

// drawing scene

glBindFramebuffer(GL_FRAMEBUFFER, 0);
glViewport(0, 0, 1024, 768);

// ## rendering to texture2 ##:
// (performed for 2nd FBO)


eglMakeCurrent(...);// setting screen1
// drawing fullscreen quad with FBO1
// drawing small quad with FBO2
eglSwapBuffers(...);// for screen1

eglMakeCurrent(...);// setting screen2
// drawing fullscreen quad with FBO2
// drawing small quad with FBO1
eglSwapBuffers(...);// for screen2

Do I need to change/add something or the device is not enough fast for using FBO?

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Have you tried with a power of 2 size texture? Say, 1024x1024. It shouldn't matter on desktop hardware but in embedded it might.

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I tried for 1024x1024 - 22 fps and 512x512 - 36 fps.

I also checked it for single FBO (still rendering twice, the same amount of bind/unbind operations etc.) - 30 fps instead of 23 (1024x768). Strange. Maybe if we use another buffer, the data needs to be moved somewhere and we have performance loss?

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FPS should not be used as development performance metric. Have you tried getting the actual CPU time incurred by the FBO issue?

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Looks like the rendering takes only small part of each frame. I'm loosing ~90% of performance because of using eglMakeCurrent funcion in each frame (twice).

Drawing scene - 1-2ms, eglMakeCurrent - 10-20ms.

I found info that better not to use it so often but I need to draw on two screens.

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I don't think you should be using two contexts. You should probably be using a single context, two off screen FBOs to textures, and then compositing both FBOs to the actual context render buffer.

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I second the above.
There is no reason to have 2 contexts in this situation—at most you have 1-per-thread and in any case you set the context(s) as active once and then never mess with it/them again.

The number of screens has no relationship with the number of contexts you should have. Especially considering that if you have only 1 thread (as you do) then there is nothing you can do on that thread with 2 contexts that you can’t do with only 1—the 2nd context is superfluous.


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