We’ve seen that
Temp allocations are the fastest kind of allocations, but is this always the case? When the fixed-size block of memory they draw from runs out, are the overflow allocations just as fast? Today we’ll test to find out!
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Continuing the series, today we look specifically at “overflow” allocations in the
Temp allocator. We’ve seen that there’s no need to explicitly deallocate
Temp memory because it all gets cleared every frame, but do we need to deallocate “overflow” allocations that didn’t fit inside the block of automatically-cleared memory? Today we’ll find out!
Unity’s GC is a continual thorn in our sides. We’re constantly working around it by pooling objects, limiting use of language features, and avoiding APIs. We even call
GC.Collect on load screens in the hopes that the GC won’t run during gameplay. Today’s article goes one step further and shows how to disable the GC completely so there’s zero chance it’ll run. We’ll also see how to turn it back on when we’re ready for it again.
Imagine being able to modify C++ game code and have it take effect without even restarting the game. That’s the motivating idea behind today’s article. Read on to see how this works and how to use it to really speed up iteration times.
Unity’s garbage collector is super slow and the bane of our programming life. It’s the reason we can’t use
foreach, have to make pools of objects, and go to great lengths to avoid boxing. It’s also seemingly mandatory, but that’s not quite true. Today’s article shows you a way that you can skip the GC and still allocate memory!
One typical piece of advice for dealing with the slowness of Unity’s garbage collector is to periodically force a garbage collection, such as every 30 frames. Even Unity advises this. The idea is that you’ll spread out the garbage collection work across many frames rather than having a big spike that causes your frame rate to stutter. But the question remains- what’s the best rate to force the GC? Today’s article tries out various intervals to see which is best. Read on for the results!
Unity’s garbage collector is old and slow. As garbage from your scripts piles up, the garbage collector will eventually run. When it does, it runs all at once instead of spreading the work out over multiple frames. This means you get a big spike on one frame causing your game to momentarily freeze. One of the best ways to get around this is to use an “object pool” to reduce the number of objects eligible for garbage collection. After all, if there’s no garbage then there’s nothing to collect! For more on this strategy as well as a class you can use to implement it, read on!
Boolean in AS3 takes up four bytes of memory to store a single bit of information. It takes up 32x more memory than it needs. We can make better use of this memory and today’s article explains how.