At Arm, we believe that mobile graphics developers should have all the knowledge they need to get the best performance from their apps. Stuttering frames and excessive battery usage result in a poor user experience, and can lead to customers uninstalling your app. That is why we created a free Mali GPU training series that covers everything you need to optimize for Arm Mali-based devices, from the fundamentals of the underlying GPU hardware, to best practices for graphics API usage, game content and shaders.
In this series, you will learn how to create efficient mobile graphics, that make the best use of the GPU hardware. We'll also cover how to discover graphics issues quickly using the free tools available in Arm Mobile Studio.
The series consists of 3 training modules:
Each module is covered in a few short videos, to make it easy to digest. This blog presents the videos in module 1, mobile graphics processing fundamentals. Future blogs cover modules 2 and 3.
Module 1 explores mobile GPUs, how they differ from other platforms, and how they render graphics using the OpenGL ES and Vulkan graphics APIs. We demonstrate how the rendering pipeline translates into GPU hardware, and how shader cores are designed to execute shader programs efficiently.
The first video introduces Mobile GPUs, looking at what they are used for and the systems in which they operate.
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In video 2, we explore the rendering pipeline used by OpenGL ES and Vulkan graphics APIs, and the role that each pipeline stage plays.
Video 3 describes different types of GPU rendering, and how workload pipelining is handled in each approach.
The final video in this module introduces the general design principles for programmable GPU shader cores. We will start with a stereotypical high-performance CPU core, and look at what we need to adapt to make it efficient for the types of data parallel workloads processed by GPUs.
Look out for the next blog in this series, where we will present Module 2. It covers the latest best practice recommendations for mobile graphics development, to ensure the best performance from commonly deployed Mali GPUs. You will also learn expert recommendations for the major types of artistic content, such as textures, geometry, and shaders.
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Here's the next blog in this series, where we present module 2: https://community.arm.com/arm-community-blogs/b/graphics-gaming-and-vr-blog/posts/p2-best-practices-mobile-game-development