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How many polygons in a scene can modern hardware reach while maintaining realtime, and how to get there?

A fairly basic, in some ways, question, but one that many people, myself included, don't really know the answer to. GPU manufacturers often cite extremely high numbers, and the spread between polygon ...
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FLOP - exact definition

I am interested in how much a GPU can actually calculate. When learning about rendering, it seems like a good idea as well. My Question: WHAT EXACTLY is a Floating Point Operation? I know what a ...
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Using Software Rendering to make an External GPU

I was looking at the Raspberry Pi 4 specs and realized that running a software renderer on the pi could get some decent graphics. By using USB ports and Ethernet ports, I think I might be able to send ...
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is utilizing multiple GPUs better than using one for all software?

In cases of Laptops, some will have two GPUs. One is built-in (e.g. Intel) and another one attachable (e.g. Nvidia). Is it better to have each of them operate different software to divide the load? or ...
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Why do some videos look smoother and others don't on the same monitor

I have a Dell monitor with 60 Hz refresh rate and therefore games playing on it are not very smooth as compared to 120 hz. But when I open videos on YouTube of the same game on the same monitor, some ...
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GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY Error when glDispatchCompute takes longer

I built a simple Ray Tracer which takes use of OpenGL's Compute Shader and traces ".obj" Files. The results are passed to the Host-Program via glMapBufferRange after finishing computing. ...
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Why do adjacent triangles never overlap when rasterized?

Apologies for the following noob question, it's just I can't find a satisfactory answer anywhere... When I render a simple axis-aligned quad made up of two triangles, I don't understand why there's ...
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Operations in the Rendering Pipeline

I have a few short question regarding operations happening in the rendering pipeline (OpenGL, Vulkan, I'd expect for all questions to have similar answers for these two frameworks while DirectX might ...
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Latency difference between texture copy on GPU vs CPU?

Does anyone happen to know the latency difference between copying a texture on cpu (using, say, memcpy) compared to gpu (using, say, ...
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Tessellation Speed in terms of interpolated points per second

For a research project, I have written a Tessellation Shader to interpolate solution points of a 3-Dimensional mathematical equation. Therefore I don't use any techniques for displacement, I merely ...
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What does GPU assembly look like?

I have played around with CPU assembly programming like Nasm, Tasm or Masm, but I'm really curious to know how GPU works now. However, i'm quite confused when I look on internet. I've heard about Cuda ...
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Optimizing compute shader with thread group shared memory

I'm currently learning compute shaders and I'm trying to write an optimized Game Of Life. I have a first version working that uses a Shader Storage Buffer Object. I dispatch a thread per cell I want ...
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GPU accelerated 2D graphics library with signed distance functions

I want to create my own 2D graphics library using signed distance functions where everything is drawn on the GPU. Browsing the web I quickly found Inigo Quilez website that describes how to draw basic ...
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Cloud based VR would be the future?

According to the following assumptions, I think Cloud based VR would be the future: 1) Real world scene rendering needs ray tracing or other complex computing graphics technologies. It needs a lot of ...
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What modern C++ Unit Testing Framework do you use for highly parallel image, 3D and higher dimensional matrix processing workloads? [closed]

Most of the existing open-source libraries such as OpenCV, Tensorflow, and Pytorch use Google Test. I would like to know about strong alternative testing frameworks that thrive under a similar ...
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UE 5 - How does Nanite work?

From the UE5 revelation video: There are over a billion triangles of source geometry in each frame, that Nanite cruches down losslessly to around 20 million drawn triangles. How does this work? ...
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Do we have OpenGL shaders write out the intermediate *.o-esque file on first compile so that we can skip compiling them in run-time every single time?

Shaders get compiled during runtime every single time an app starts. I understand the reasoning for this is that there are so many GPU architectures out there that it does not make sense to ship pre-...
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Visualizing auras around clusters of points

For a real-time application I am trying to add glow to a few hundred points. These points are more like 2D circles of various small sizes on the screen. These points are supposed to be like balls of ...
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Queue from a family queue that supports presentation doesn't work [Vulkan]

I'm following this tutorial on Vulkan and I tried to see if it actually worked with different queues for drawing and presenting the image of the triangle. My GPU supports presentation with every queue ...
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Sending programs from CPU to GPU

How does a CPU know which piece of code should be executed on GPU (i.e how to recognize whether a code is shader or not) and how is it been sent to GPU VRAM?Is it via DMA?
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After making any 3D model using Opengl how to export it's data in .dae file?

I'm trying to make simple 3d modeling program in c++ with Opengl. So I don't know how to transfer/convert/export or save data of 3D model in .dae file. NOTE:- 3d model is made using Opengl ...
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Can I use my phone's gpu as an external gpu for my laptop?

My phone is Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact which has Adreno 540 as gpu. My laptop's gpu is NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 4GB which seems to be much worse than my phone's gpu. My PC's OS is Ubuntu 16.04.
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Why are oct trees so much more common than hash tables?

When reading papers I commonly find Oct tree implementations of geometry representations to sort the data. However whenever I think about the problem hash tables seem better overall. Hash tables have ...
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Performance of particle implementation

I am about to implement the renderer for a simple particle system. Every particle has to be updated every frame (position, rotation, scale) and so I was wondering which way is usually faster: ...
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Double buffering always necessary?

Question from the graphics newbie: What I know by now is that "usually" double buffering is used: You calculate the content of frame x+1 while frame x is shown on the screen, if you want to achieve ...
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The most performant way to organize vertex data on modern GPUs

Say I have a model made up of vertices, each with position, normal, tangent, and ...
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Is it possible to do color conversion on decoded video without getting it from GPUmemory to CPU memory?

Decoding video will result in different pixel formats on different GPUs and drivers. I have an application which can render (using OpenGL), only the RGB8 pixel format, therefore I need to do color ...
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Software Rendering Display Latency

I've been doing some reading as to how to reduce input delay on modern computing devices. A lot of my understanding from this comes from the VR research paper by Carmack explaining the numerous ...
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Is vkCmdPushDescriptorSetKHR efficient?

I am new to Vulkan. Compared to DX12, the resource binding procedure seems a little bit complicated. In terms of per draw call uniform buffers, I currently have two approaches in mind, and they both ...
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Should I use common resource bindings across all my shaders in HLSL/D3D12?

Will unaccessed bindings consume cache or bandwidth? I want to improve cache usage by splitting the per-path information in my renderer across different resources, but I also want to keep my binding ...
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Floating Point Operations in Line Drawing Algorithms

When it comes to line drawing, DDA is the simplest and most intuitive algorithm, the core idea being: compute the slope of the line for every increment in x, increment y by the slope However, DDA is ...
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How can I control memory for command allocators and command queues in D3D12?

The D3D12 programming guide suggests specific allocation strategies for command queues and allocators, but the creation methods for those objects operate directly on queue/allocator pointers without ...
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What does GPU serialized mean?

With GPU isolation : multiple processes use the single GPU will be serialized, cause OOM easily link https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/Hadoop_Summit/deep-learning-on-yarn-running-distributed-...
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How much does driver quality affect Vulkan and DX12 compared to OpenGL and DX11?

Considering the fact that Vulkan and DX12 delegate most of the memory management / work scheduling tasks to the application itself, how much do drivers affect performance? To put my question into ...
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Do I need separate Graphics and Transfer commands?

I was following this tutorial on Vulkan https://vulkan-tutorial.com/Vertex_buffers/Staging_buffer and I decided to do this bit: The buffer copy command requires a queue family that supports transfer ...
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Difference in pixels between different monitors' sizes

If I have an image of x/y resolution and display it on a monitor, does this mean that between a 15-inch monitor and a 42-inch, the same amount of pixels (x/y) will be displayed, only that each pixel ...
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What objects do get loaded into GDDR?

I currently have a 4K monitor and want to buy a new graphics card. My choice would either be the RTX 2080 or the RTX 2080 Ti. Now I need to know which one I really need. The Ti variant has 12 GB of ...
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Does MRG32k3a compare well with PCG and Xorshift256*?

I've been using standard 32-bit Xorshift in my GPU path-tracer for a while, following Nathan Reed's approach with hashed seeds and decorrelated state. I (finally) discovered today that Xorshift is ...
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Is it possible to emulate Vulkan on a non Vulkan compatible gpu?

I don't think there is much to explain here, since the question is pretty much in the title, but i'll try to explain myself better: My current laptop's gpu does not support Vulkan, so i was wondering ...
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Procedural terrain: What's the best approach to calculate noise in the GPU?

A few years ago I started creating a procedural planet engine/renderer for a game in Unity, which after a couple of years I had to stop developing due to lack of time. At the time i didn't know too ...
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Evenly distributed point cloud for a grass renderer on a sphere

I'm trying to add some details like grass, rocks, trees, etc. to my little procedurally-generated planet. The meshes for the terrain are created from a spherified cube which is split in chunks (...
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Using multiply and accumulate of 4x4 matrices for ray-triangle intersection tests on GPU

Is it possible to gain performance boost using new 4x4 MAD from NVIDIA'a tensor cores for ray-triangle intersection tests? Really there are two questions: Is it possible to modify some of the ray-...
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Same draw call causing extremely different GPU usage under different triangle orders

So I have a bit of a predicament I am trying to solve. I have 10,000 triangle strips I am trying to draw. Each one has a z-order for the entire strip and within each strip the most recent triangles ...
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Why isn't multi-gpu handled by the driver?

I hope I'm not off topic here, but this seemed like a good place to ask something like this. I've been hearing about SLI and Crossfire for a long time and how support for it is lacking. I never ...
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Distorted OpenGL graphics in certain models of Intel GPUs under Windows; possible causes?

I'm not sure this is the best place to post this, but it definitely seemed more appropriate than programming. I'm one of the developers of Performous, essentially a karaoke (and instruments) game. We ...
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How do modern GPUs handle branching instructions in shader code?

It has often been recommended to avoid branching conditions in shaders. Why? What happens exactly in modern GPUs in that case? Is it still recommended to avoid branching?
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How to estimate what GPU (2D/3D/none at all?) is necessary?

I have to do some operations on 2D grayscale images. The "normal" stuff like moving, alpha blending and resizing, but also "3D like" operations: Perspective projection, rotation around any axis (x, y, ...
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Using GPU instead of CPU in Scala

I wrote a program that displays points expressed in 3D in a 2D canvas, using perspective projection. The aim is to display a cube. Each face of the cube is drawn by linearly interpolating the points ...
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If I have more than enough memory, can it still be beneficial to use compressed textures?

I'm wondering whether some of you would have tested and seen quite a difference in using a compressed texture even when the OpenGL environment does not need saving any memory (i.e. the card has more ...
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Why is work-efficiency desired in GPU programming?

I've been reading the following article on how to do a parallel scan in CUDA: https://developer.nvidia.com/gpugems/GPUGems3/gpugems3_ch39.html In the article, there is an emphasis on making the scan ...