Long shader compilation time on SGX544MP(Galaxy S4).

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    I am developing an 3D game for android.
    But I am stucked at this long shader compilation time issue on SGX544MP.
    I compared shader compilation time between Galaxy S3(MALI-400 MP) and S4(SGX 544MP).
    With a same shader S3 only takes 6ms, but S4 takes 995ms.
    As I know, SGX 544MP is much powerful than MALI-400MP. So it makes me confused. 🙁
    Does anyone know this issue and solution for this?

    Thank you for your help in advance.



    Hi KS,

    There are a number of reasons why it might be so comparatively slow. In particular – I believe ARM’s compiler doesn’t necessarily compile until first use of the shader (e.g. the first time it’s used in a draw call). Combatting this is generally referred to as “pre-warming” the shader – Unity for example has a step to pre-warm any shader you use to avoid this, by calling a dummy draw call. Our hardware tends not to do this (there are some late-stage optimisations but the shader is compiled), so you’ll find the entire cost of the shader compilation is up front. Out of interest – how are you measuring the shader compilation time?

    Regardless, 995ms is still a long time! So the first thing I’d suggest you try in order to get around this – try using the GLSL optimiser built into PVRShaderEditor. Any pre-optimisations done with this will generally reduce the shader compilation time – sometimes significantly. Let us know if that helps!


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