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Android, Android TV, GameWorks, Shield

by Lars Bishop, posted May 15 2015

The SHIELD Android TV brings next-generation Android apps, gaming and media content into consumers' living rooms. NVIDIA's Developer Technologies and Tools teams provide developers with a wealth of resources for Android and Android TV application development. These resources include a constantly updated set of tools, code samples, blog postings and developer guides. Developers looking to add Android TV support to their application should take particular note of the following...

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Android, GameWorks

by David Coombes, posted May 14 2015

If you are writing a game or high performance application for Android, you will be using the NDK (Native Development Kit) from Google. At NVIDIA, we believe in making NDK development simple and efficient. We provide tools for installing the NDK as well as integration with Visual Studio for building and debugging. We also provide professional grade profiling tools for both CPU and GPU. These tools let developers get professional performance from their Android code. Tools for...

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GameWorks, GameWorks Expert Developer

by Evan Hart, posted May 04 2015

Continuing along from my previous two posts in the series, this post talks about how constant buffers offer a way to avoid pitfalls that you can encounter with structured buffers. As a developer you should consider why you are using a structured buffer. If the buffer fits in the restricted 64 KB of a constant buffer, then using a constant buffer may be a good choice. This applies doubly when the code is using a coherent access pattern like I described in the last post. Coherent constant...

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GameWorks, GameWorks Expert Developer

by Evan Hart, posted Apr 30 2015

In a recent post, we discussed a simple pothole that developers can often hit in the use of structured buffers. This post dives into a much more subtle issue where shader structure impacts the efficiency of processing structured buffers. Developers can benefit substantially in performance by giving some attention to the subject of redundancy in structured buffer processing. It is quite common to see code like the following. The code certainly isn’t wrong, and it may even be the best...

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GameWorks, GameWorks Expert Developer

by Evan Hart, posted Apr 17 2015

As most developers know, Structured Buffers were a new addition to DirectX11 with the expanded compute capabilities. They offer a very convenient solution to representing data structures on the GPU that are more than simply colors or 4-component vectors. As such, they are a great tool to use in GPU programming. As titles designed to a D3D11 baseline have recently become more common, we’ve noticed a pitfall that developers should be wary of and consider when developing their code....

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