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JDK-6274813 : OGL: Accelerate LCD glyphs via OpenGL pipeline

Details
Type:
Bug
Submit Date:
2005-05-23
Status:
Resolved
Updated Date:
2010-04-02
Project Name:
JDK
Resolved Date:
2006-03-22
Component:
client-libs
OS:
generic
Sub-Component:
2d
CPU:
generic
Priority:
P4
Resolution:
Fixed
Affected Versions:
6
Fixed Versions:

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Description
The intitial LCD text implementation is currently only in software and
can't be used on OpenGL surfaces. OpenGL surfaces therefore cannot use
it - accelerated or not. We need to implement this support.
###@###.### 2005-05-23 21:28:26 GMT

                                    

Comments
EVALUATION

This fix was integrated into Mustang b77, but I forgot to update this bug
report with the exact system property that enables the new codepath:
    -Dsun.java2d.opengl=true -Dsun.java2d.opengl.lcdshader=true

As mentioned above, there were two outstanding driver bugs when this fix
was integrated: artifacts on ATI boards, and poor performance on Nvidia boards.
Since then, both bugs have been fixed by their respective driver teams and
we are currently testing those fixes.  The ATI fix should be available in their
8.26 release (for Linux, not sure how that correlates to their Windows Catalyst
driver version) in a couple months, and the Nvidia fix should be
available in their 85.xx series in a similar timeframe.  Once both driver fixes
are publicly available and verified, we should be able to enable the lcdshader
flag by default (again, only if the OGL pipeline has been enabled).
                                     
2006-04-03
EVALUATION

Just to clarify my last point, if you enable the OGL pipeline, the LCD
acceleration codepath will be disabled by default.  You will have to enable
both system properties to enable LCD acceleration for the OGL pipeline.
                                     
2006-03-12
EVALUATION

I've attached a simple performance test (LCDTextTest.java) that I've used to
measure LCD text performance.  I ran this test on a number of machines with
shader-level hardware, and the results are all over the map.  I've included
these performance numbers below.  In these results, the numbers indicate the
number of milliseconds taken to render a particular test string (about 35
characters long, in 12 point font) 10000 times, so lower is better.
  def  - "default pipeline" (GDI/DDraw on Windows, X11 on Linux/Solaris)
  ogl  - "OGL pipeline" (-Dsun.java2d.opengl=True)
  mono - black/white text (TEXT_ANTIALIAS_OFF)
  gray - grayscale AA text (TEXT_ANTIALIAS_ON)
  lcd  - LCD optimized text (TEXT_ANTIALIAS_LCD_HRGB)
  awt  - render directly to the screen
  swing - render to the Swing backbuffer (pbuffer in the case of OGL)
  (swing-fbo) - render to the Swing backbuffer, which is an FBO
                (-Dsun.java2d.opengl.fbobject=true); only applicable when
                OGL is enabled

NV GF FX 5600 (AGP), JDS Linux, 2x 2.8GHz P4
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono        225       319
def-gray       1697       218
def-lcd        2219       480
ogl-mono        116       109      109
ogl-gray        116       109      109
ogl-lcd         718       721     3669

NV GF FX 5600 (AGP), Windows XP, 2x 2.8GHz P4
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono       1469       672
def-gray       1750       250
def-lcd        2266       328
ogl-mono        234       234      235
ogl-gray        235       234      234
ogl-lcd         969      7359     6907

NV GF 6800 (PCI-E), Windows XP, 1x 2.2GHz Opteron 148
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono        375       297
def-gray        531       187
def-lcd         750       375
ogl-mono         78        78       62
ogl-gray         78        78       63
ogl-lcd         406       375      344

NV Quadro FX 1100 (AGP), Solaris 10, 2x 2.0GHz Opteron 246
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono        160       215
def-gray       2345       247
def-lcd        2803       515
ogl-mono        117       100      100
ogl-gray        115       101      100
ogl-lcd         519       483     6475

ATI Radeon 9600 (AGP), JDS Linux, 1x 3.2GHz P4
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono        356       245
def-gray      11304       198
def-lcd       13206       422
ogl-mono        118       119      116
ogl-gray        118       118      116
ogl-lcd         606       604      606

ATI Radeon 9500 Pro (AGP), Windows XP, 2x 2.8GHz P4
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono       2188       516
def-gray       2656       250
def-lcd        3516       328
ogl-mono        391       390      390
ogl-gray        391       390      390
ogl-lcd        2125      2125     2125

ATI Radeon x300 SE (PCI-E), Windows XP, 1x 3.4GHz P4
                awt     swing   (swing-fbo)
def-mono        532       297
def-gray        610       156
def-lcd         766       250
ogl-mono         94        94       93
ogl-gray         94        94       94
ogl-lcd        1032       954      953

Points of interest:
  - Performance improves significantly on newer boards (those with better
    shader support).
  - Performance is terrible on Nvidia when rendering to an FBO (on all
    platforms) or to a pbuffer/render-to-texture surface (on Windows only);
    this is a performance issue with glCopyTexSubImage2D(), which has been
    filed with Nvidia this morning (#216273).  May be related to some other
    glCopyPixels() issues that are discussed in JDK bugid 6298234.
  - It is interesting that Nvidia GF 6800 (PCI-Express) does not exhibit
    any of those performance issues, presumably because the readback bus
    speeds are much faster with PCI-E than AGP, so driver slow paths that
    go to sysmem are likely to be less noticeable (I've asked Nvidia about
    this).
  - ATI does not have those same performance issues with FBO, although their
    glCopyTexSubImage2D() performance is generally worse than that of Nvidia
    on comparable hardware, so I will follow up with ATI about that.
  - ATI has a bug in glCopyTexSubImage2D() that causes LCD text to look
    garbled (when rendered to a pbuffer or FBO destination only); that bug
    will be filed with ATI shortly.

Out of all of these configurations, there are only two where LCD text is
faster with the OGL pipeline: Nvidia Quadro FX 1100 on Solaris 10, and
Nvidia GeForce 6800 on WinXP.  Due to this fact and the other issues listed
above, I suggest we check this code in now, but disabled by default (it can
be enabled by a system property, TBD).  This will give us some time to shake
out the driver issues, and then once those are resolved we can turn this on
by default at a later date.
                                     
2006-03-11
EVALUATION

The fix for this has been in progress for at least six months because there
have been a number of technical hurdles along the way (lots of investigation
of fragment shader performance, finding sneaky ways to avoid expensive pow()
calls in the shader, etc).  At this point, I have a fairly complete implementation
that uses a GLSL fragment shader, and depending on which video card is used,
it can be about as fast as, or up to 30% faster than the equivalent operation
using software loops.  In fact, shader performance has been improving so much
in recent graphics hardware that I would expect this gap to grow larger and
larger over time.

Due to time constraints, I've only made this work for
hardware that supports the GL_ARB_fragment_shader extension, i.e. there is no
software fallback (it would be really slow anyway, as it would require readbacks
from the framebuffer into system memory), so for older boards we will continue
to just use grayscale AA as we've done up until this point in Mustang.  Also,
this shader-based implementation only works when the foreground color is opaque,
but this should be sufficient for 99% of all cases.
                                     
2006-03-09



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