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  1. Here's a (basic) implementation of a rw-spinlock: http://jfdube.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/implementing-a-recursive-read-write-spinlock
  2. Shakes and Fidget is the perfect game to play while you compiles!
  3. I still use it too!
  4. Quote:Original post by deks Hi. I'm gathering huge amounts of events data in the form (event_name,start_cycle,end_cycle) in my game and I want to visualize it on a graph, something similar to VTune, Pix, etc. Before implementing this viewer, I was wondering if there was existing (free?) solutions out there. Thanks! JF GraphViz looks great. Any other?
  5. Hi. I'm gathering huge amounts of events data in the form (event_name,start_cycle,end_cycle) in my game and I want to visualize it on a graph, something similar to VTune, Pix, etc. Before implementing this viewer, I was wondering if there was existing (free?) solutions out there. Thanks! JF
  6. Quote:Original post by Talroth Quote:Original post by Oluseyi Quote:Original post by Awoken Chris Reynolds I tried giving you a very helpful rating thinking you'd get a rating of like 2 or something, but it didn't work. Seems you've been eternally banished to the underworld of "0". how come? Your rating is too low to materially affect his. Plus, ratings are a bit like gravity. Even I might not be able to budge his rating right now, if enough people have rated him negatively (remember, ratings are clamped to a floor of 0 rather than going negative). Why are ratings clamped at 0 anyway? There are some people that I almost want to see just how bad their rating got. Are they clamped at 0 just for display?
  7. First, you will double the memory footprint of your structures. Second, there's no speed gain of using doubles vs floats: on x86 the FPU operates internally in 80-bits, but you double the memory fetches. On x64, the speed is almost the same. Run some tests by yourself to prove that. So unless you have precision problems for very large worlds, the answer is no.
  8. Hi. I'm looking for a free software that would let me enter personnal notes, with tags and easy searching, as simple as it can be: enter text, set tags, search by keywords, date, tags, etc. Nothing fancy-looking required... Any ideas? JF
  9. There's a good article in ShaderX5 about this: "Normal Mapping without Pre-Computed Tangents".
  10. Quote:Original post by 51mon Yeah, maybe. You mean that I'm instead of storing colors would store texture coordinates. But how would I convert the RGB to a 2-vector texcoord? You say you only use a portion of the RGB colors, and it fits in a football-shape? Maybe you could "unwrap" it in your texture, then use the same function to convert a color to a UV texcoord.
  11. You could use a texture lookup for this (the texture acting as a palette)?
  12. Thanks to everyone, I'll post again if I find a way ;)
  13. Hi. It looks like the best way to multi-thread a software renderer is to use the edge function instead of the traditional scanline algorithm. See the paper "A parallel algorithm for Polygon Rasterization" from Juan Pineda (1988). The implementation is well explained in this post. Then, each block can be assigned to a different thread for rendering them simultaneously. JF
  14. Hi. I have a 64-bits enabled CPU, but I am running the 32-bits version of Vista. I want to do some testing with 32.32 fixed-point code I am implementing, and want to use 64-bits registers. Is there a way to test 64-bits code when the CPU is in 32-bits mode? Thanks, JF