OpenGL SuperBible 7th

Several moths ago I’ve noticed there would be another version of OpenGL Superbible. This time the 7th edition! Without much thinking I quickly I pre-ordered it. Around two weeks ago the book appeared at my doorstep so now I can share my thoughts with you. Is this book worth buying?

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Vulkan

At GDC 2015 in San Francisco, Khronos announced new API for graphics and compute, previously it was called glNext… but now the official name is “Vulkan”! I could not resist to write some comments about this new and intriguing standard that can potentially “replace” OpenGL. Bunch of links khronos.

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Flexible particle system - Renderer optimization

Finally, I managed to finish the adventure with my particle system! This time I’d like to share some thoughts about improvements in the OpenGL renderer. Code was simplified and I got little performance improvement. The Series Initial Particle Demo Introduction Particle Container 1 - problems Particle Container 2 - implementation Generators & Emitters Updaters Renderer Introduction to Software Optimization Tools Optimizations Code Optimizations Renderer Optimizations Summary The most recent repo: particles/renderer_opt @github

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Persistent Mapped Buffers, Benchmark Results

In part 2 of the article about persistent mapped buffers I share results from the demo app. I’ve compared single, double and triple buffering approach for persistent mapped buffers. Additionally there is a comparison for standard methods: glBuffer*Data and glMapBuffer. Note: This post is a second part of the article about Persistent Mapped Buffers,

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Persistent Mapped Buffers in OpenGL

It seems that it’s not easy to efficiently move data from CPU to GPU. Especially, if we like to do it often - like every frame, for example. Fortunately, OpenGL (since version 4.4) gives us a new technique to fight this problem. It’s called persistent mapped buffers that comes from the ARB_buffer_storage extension.

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OpenGL 4.5

OpenGL 4.5 has just arrived! Since Siggraph 2014 is happening right now, we could expect a new version of OpenGL. And it happened! Khronos announced OpenGL 4.5! Not a major update, but still adds some nice features to the API. What about OpenGL 5.0? Is there any news here?

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Flexible particle system - OpenGL Renderer

As I wrote in the Introduction to the particle series, I’ve got only a simple particle renderer. It uses position and color data with one attached texture. In this article you will find the renderer description and what problems we have with our current implementation. The Series Initial Particle Demo Introduction Particle Container 1 - problems Particle Container 2 - implementation Generators & Emitters Updaters Renderer (this post) Introduction to Optimization Tools Optimizations Code Optimizations Renderer Optimizations Summary Introduction The gist is located here: fenbf / ParticleRenderer

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Simple Water Simulation

Finally I have managed to publish my awesome water simulation! I know that I wrote about my intentions to publish the project some time ago but as usually there was no enough time :) The code is quite old and was ready something like 2 years ago. As usually I wanted to polish it and thanks to that it was blocked for too long period of time.

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Digging into SOIL Library for OpenGL

When I was (re)implementing PhotoAlbum sample application I got stuck in one place. Program was about to load a list of textures (like 16 maybe) and suddenly I noticed that the whole process takes quite long time. More disappointing thing was that I got memory access errors for some images and configurations.

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Book: OpenGL Development Cookbook

Recently, thanks to a contact with Packt Publishing, I got a chance to take a look at the new OpenGL book. It is called “OpenGL Development Cookbook” and contains lots of interesting ideas (40 items!) regarding graphics programming. Let us dig into book’s pages to see its real value.

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FPS limit

For some time I’ve tried to investigate why my OpenGL applications use almost 100% of CPU. The apps usually were quite simple, but still, CPU was heavily loaded. As it appears, the reason was quite simple: I had a window message loop (in WinApi) which was not perfectly implemented.

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