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Supporting ParallelFor Jobs in Ranged Native Collections

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Native collections are funny things. On one hand they’re structs, which are supposed to be value types that get copied on assignment. On the other hand, they act like reference types because they contain a hidden pointer internally. This can make using and implementing them difficult to understand, especially in the context of a ParallelFor job. Today we’ll examine more closely how to properly support ParallelFor jobs, especially with ranged containers like NativeList<T>.

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NativeChunkedList<T>: Part 2

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Last week we looked at a new native collection type: NativeChunkedList<T>. This type saved us a lot of memory and gave us a faster way to dynamically grow an array. Unfortunately, iterating over it was quite a lot slower. Today we’ll speed it up for both IJob and IJobParallelFor. In doing so, we’ll learn more about how to create custom Unity job types and about how IEnumerable and IEnumerator work.

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NativeChunkedList<T>

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Today’s article is about a new native collection type: NativeChunkedList<T>. This type is great when you need a dynamically-resizable array that’s fast to add to and doesn’t waste a lot of memory. Read on to see how it’s implemented, see the performance report, and get the source code.

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Enumerables Without the Garbage: Part 8

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NativeArray<T> is great, but very limited in functionality. We can fix this surprisingly easily! Today we revive a two year old series that created the iterator project. Iterators are like a no-GC version of IEnumerable<T> and LINQ which have a lot of power but only support managed arrays (T[]) and List<T>. Today we’ll add support for NativeArray<T> and inherit support for the same functionality. We’ll also spruce up the project with proper unit tests, assembly definitions, and runtime tests to confirm that zero garbage is created. Read on to see how this was done and how to use iterators with NativeArray<T>.

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How to Make Custom Native Collections

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We’ve seen how NativeArray works, but what if we want more kinds of native collections? Unity 2018.1 only has that one, but you can make your own! Today’s article shows exactly how to do that.

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How NativeArray Works

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NativeArray<T> is a new type introduced recently in Unity 2018.1. It’s like List<T> except it’s backed by an unmanaged array instead of a managed array. It’s also a struct instead of a class. This means it creates no garbage for the GC to later collect. That’s the surface level description, but today we’ll go in depth to find out how it really works and learn some interesting facts along the way.

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