with higher resolution displays, comes higher performant CPUs/GPUs. Tegra 4 announced, 4core A15 1.5 GHz + 1 A8 Core, 72 GPU cores .... I still think, that we did not utilise full power of AGG yet. Gee, View 1.x ran on my Pentium 75 machine ....
Has anyone tried compiling R3 for ARM Linux? This affects RPi, Android, and misc. micro-servers.
Yes. TGD got it working on RPi.
I suppose that compiling for ARM depends on the particular ARM platform and instruction set.
pi(at)raspberrypi ~/dev/r $ uname -a Linux raspberrypi 3.2.27+ #250 PREEMPT Thu Oct 18 19:03:02 BST 2012 armv6l GNU/Linux
pi(at)raspberrypi ~/dev/r $ ./r3
With HRD comes higher performant GPUs but I'm not sure how CPU scales. Look at Adobe, they are almost dropping support for classic display list (rendered on CPU) and forcing everybody to use their Stage3D which uses GPU. It's not easy move as there is almost no tooling yet, but it's a must. CPU is not able to process so many pixels with the new screens (with high frame rate). I don't say we should drop AGG support, just that there must come GPU support using OpenGL/DirectX and let the AGG to do high quality rendering of assets.
Actually, Oldes, that's a great idea! R3's new GUI could be built to utilize OpenGL by default. That way, the GPU would handle all the graphics calls, and R3 would have 3D capabilities built-in as a bonus! This would probably even make porting to Android and other platforms a lot easier. In fact, doesn't IOS (iPhone) use OpenGL?
It is. OpenGL ES2.0. As well as Android. Actually I don't think there is a chance to do GUI on these platforms without OpenGL.
We did a short test some time ago to use OpenGL, works but is quite some work to implement it completely.
The problem of OpenGL is it is great for rendering bitmaps etc. that can be used in 'crossplatform' way and I'd like to make such frontend for R3.... But if you want to implement something like DRAW in OpenGLyou are getting into troubles. To do it properly you would need to use GL shader fragments.
When it comes to shaders, that means my 8 years old notebook won't be able to render it :-)
Also note that on Android for example the Canvas class (which is comparable to DRAW) is still not HW accelerated AFAIK.
I guess same is on iOS....the "draw' api is also not using GPU
The HW acceleration is still currently mostly used only for moving textured bitmaps...kind of fast blitter in the 2d graphics area.
Ofcourse if you want to create classical 3d game from textured polygons, shaders etc. that's the area where OpenGL excells (and the developement was mainly focused)
But good news is some people are experimenting with shaders to created 2d oriented engines but until the main players on the market won't set some standard it can still take lot of time.