[Public WebGL] WebGL2 and no mapBuffer/mapBufferRange

Zhenyao Mo [email protected]
Mon Mar 16 11:25:40 PDT 2015

Even without INVALID bit, for WRITE case, you still save one copying
for in-process WebGL implementations.

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM, Zhenyao Mo <[email protected]> wrote:
> The efficient use cases that I see is: you map with INVALID* bit, so
> you just get a pointer you can write to.  This saves you the extra
> copying between CPU memory (js array) to vram, comparing with
> bufferSubData. Unfortunately that benefit is no longer there for
> non-in-process WebGL implementations.
> Unless there is a way to map a vram pointer to other processes on all platforms.
> On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM, Florian Bösch <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Even on native platforms mapBuffer[Range] isn't more efficient than
>> bufferSubData. Instead of blocking on the buffer[Sub]Data call, it just
>> blocks on the memcpy. If you set the asynchronous flag, it won't block, but
>> it'll still block on unmap and/or flush, which isn't more efficient than
>> buffer[Sub]Data. The only case where mapBuffer[Range] is faster is if you're
>> doing asynchronous ping-poned doubled buffered updates and issue no other
>> blocking command to the driver. Desktop GL has more options, but ES 3 does
>> not.
>> On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 7:07 PM, Zhenyao Mo <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> Oh I failed to type the keyword "efficiently".  My bad.
>>> On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM, Florian Bösch <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> > On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 6:03 PM, Zhenyao Mo <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> If it comes to a vote, I will vote "no" for introducing something to
>>> >> the core APIs that intrinsically cannot be implemented on
>>> >> non-in-process WebGL implementations.
>>> >
>>> > What exactly isn't implementable about it?

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