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Burst Function Pointers vs. Jobs

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Function pointers aren’t the only way to express a unit of work. Unity’s own job system does just this, albeit in a different way. Today we’ll compare the performance of Burst’s function pointers against jobs themselves!

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Burst Function Pointers vs. Switch Statements

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A couple weeks ago we took a look at the performance of function pointers in Burst. In doing so, we left out an alternative: good old switch statements. Today we’ll put those to the test to see how they stack up next to Burst’s newfangled function pointers!

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DIY Virtual Functions in Burst

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Now that we’ve seen how function pointers work and perform in Burst, let’s use them to build a higher-level feature: virtual functions!

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Burst Function Pointers Performance

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Last week we took a look at function pointers in Burst 1.2 and Unity 2019.3. Today we’ll continue looking into them by analyzing their performance.

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Function Pointers in Burst

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Unity 2019.3 and Burst 1.2 bring us support for function pointers! Behind the scenes, these power everyday C# functionality like virtual and abstract functions, delegates, and interfaces. Today we’ll look at how to use them and what Burst compiles them to.

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IL2CPP Output for C# 7.3: Local functions, fixed, and stackalloc

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Continuing the series, today we’ll dive into local functions, fixed-size buffers, fixed blocks on arbitrary types with GetPinnableReference, and stackalloc initializers to see how they’re all implemented in C++ and what assembly code ends up actually running on the CPU.

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Garbage Gotchas

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Sometimes it seems like Unity programming is a minefield. Plenty of innocuous-looking code secretly creates garbage and eventually the GC runs and causes a frame hitch. Today’s article is about some of those less-obvious ways to create garbage.

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Delegates and Garbage Creation

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Two facts are at odds in Unity programming. First, delegates like Action, Func, and EventHandler are extremely common with or without events. Second, the garbage collector is a huge source of CPU spikes and memory fragmentation in our games. Why are these facts at odds? Because code that uses delegates is almost always written in a way that creates garbage. It’s an extremely easy trap to fall into, but this article will show you how to get out of it!

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Unity Function Performance Followup

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By request, today’s article follows up on my Unity Function Performance article from a year and a half ago using Unity 5.0. It adds on GameObject.SendMessage and virtual functions to get a more complete picture of how various function calls in Unity perform. Of course it runs these tests using Unity 5.4 to see if there have been any changes in the engine. Read on for the results!

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Iterators vs. Callbacks: Performance and Garbage

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Iterator functions and their ability to yield return values then continue on really come in handy for a variety of situations. Unfortunately, they come with some pretty serious performance and garbage creation drawbacks. So today’s article explores alternatives in various forms of callbacks: delegates, interfaces, and classes. Can they perform better than iterator functions? Can they avoid garbage creation? Read on to find out!

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