Performance

… is pretty crappy at this point.
Overlooking the obvious performance sink found in some unfinished things around the engine, there are some other performance problems that I’ve noticed now that are quite severe.
I don’t exactly know what it is that’s causing this drop in framerate, but I am half suspecting that it’s the number of draw calls that gets to me.
This is expected, and is as far as I can tell only remedied through instancing or batching of geometry.
I will get into the latter.
For static geometry it’s a good thing to batch several geometrical surfaces into one, bigger model.
At this point it’s cheaper to push polygons in my engine than it is to draw an object a lot of times.
I haven’t yet worked out exactly how I will handle the batching of geometry on an implementation level as it’s not something I’ve done before. But it shouldn’t be that hard. And since it only concerns static geometry it doesn’t necessarily incur a performance drop (I should hope not, I’m aiming for the opposite of that), since we batch the geometry at startup.
My engine doesn’t need to handle a lot of dynamic entities, so this is a very good concept for me.

The other thing I notice is that I need a way to split the game world into chunks, so that I can skip checking visibility for a lot of things when in fact none of them would be visible.
Ordinary frustum culling does a good job at this, but for scenes that have a high object density this becomes a bottleneck; the scene manager has to traverse the scene hierarchy and decide what objects are to be rendered.
If we split the world into chunks, we can skip drawing an entire room packed with objects if we find out the confines of the room aren’t even visible to the user.
This is a rather simple scene manager thing, but it’s something my engine doesn’t do at this point, so I’m going to put that in.

Now, there’s the issue of occlusion culling. I need a way to let my engine skip drawing rooms that are behind walls and such and therefore not visible to the user.
There are several possible algorithms to deal with this, but for my engine I’m thinking of rolling a custom routine. I think this routine will be less automated, but hopefully can be made more aggressive in that it really cuts away stuff we can’t see.
This is a real necessity for me because I’m looking to handle indoor scenarios well.
And some of the existent techniques to handle this are best suited for game worlds that are made out of CSG, something that I don’t use at all.

I’ll get to work implementing some of this stuff and put results on here about how the performance (hopefully) increases.

Also, there are of course some effects (like FXAA and soft shadows) and subsystems (like physics simulation) that suck up performance, and are things that I generally can’t help.

Edit:
Oh boy.
OK. The very first thing I mention in this post is that I have some unknown performance problems. Well, I DO know what the problem is and it has been fixed. The problem was that I was generating AABB’s for every single thing in the scene every frame. (It wasn’t the drawcalls like I suspected.)
How does something like this happen? Good question, and if I find the answer to that I’ll tell you.
No but seriously, it was sort of a ghetto fix I made a while back just so that I could get the damn thing to work.
But in a real situation there’s no need to generate an AABB more than once for something that is static. Static in the sense that it will never move or animate as far as the player is concerned.
And why did this incur such a performance impact? Well, because the AABB has to be created using the OOB as a base. I therefore have to first apply the matrix transform of the object onto the OOB, then create the AABB using the modified vertex positions.
Doing this for every object in the scene every frame is out of the question, not to mention completely and utterly pointless in my situation.
This is performed on the CPU, mind you.

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