Physics engine history

Article: PhysX87: Software Deficiency
By: David Kanter (, July 9, 2010 9:25 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
sJ ( on 7/9/10 wrote:
>David Kanter ( on 7/8/10 wrote:
>>Ralf ( on 7/8/10 wrote:
>>>Null Pointer Exception ( on 7/8/10 wrote:
>>>>Probably not relevant. If PhysX is written in C as suggested, proper compiler options
>>>>alone can handle *most* of the conversion from x87 to SSE. Naturally, this excludes
>>>>any hand-tuned assembly modules or other special sauce.
>>>>While it takes a focused development effort to get the maximum performance improvement
>>>>from vectorized FP, the "free" jump is several keystrokes and some basic QA---and
>>>>history has precious little to do with it.
>>>NVIDIA also delivers PhysX source code to premium license partners, so isn't it
>>>up to the game developers to enable SSE flags for their games?!
>>It's also nvidia's responsibility to ensure that those who get binaries get ones
>>that are sensibly compiled, since not all partners get source. NV's decisions
>>are responsible for making their own products look good (or bad).
>Our game, quite FP intensive as they normally are, gains only about 10% in performance
>when compiled with SSE2 instructions (does not use intrinsics), and loses about
>5% of current user base that has old (mostly AMD) CPUs >without SSE2.

Thanks for the data point! Which compiler were you using? ICC?

>As this is likely the normal use scenario, correct choice >for distribution is x87,
>not SSE2 and providing source for those who need the last >mile out of the source.
>It is also what we have chosen for our products.

It sounds like this is a pretty casual game and not a major high-end title, is that right?

>Another method of delivery would naturally be an Intel->compiled multi-architecture
>binary, but at least earlier that used to bias towards >Intel CPUs quite heavily.
>But then again, that would not necessarily be altogether >unwanted at NV these days.

I think Nvidia's more worried about Intel than AMD...ATI may be a direct competitor, but Intel is the one who is going to integrate GPUs most aggressively (and try and prevent/coopt HPC use of GPUs).

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              80 bit FPKevin G2010/07/08 02:12 PM
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            80 bit FPEmil Briggs2010/07/22 09:06 AM
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          A bit off baseMichael S2010/07/10 02:13 PM
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    A bit off baseAnon2010/07/08 12:47 AM
      A bit off baseanon2010/07/08 02:15 AM
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                      Physics engine historysJ2010/07/13 06:49 AM
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                      150 GFLOP/s measured?anon2010/07/19 06:39 AM
                        150 GFLOP/s measured?hobold2010/07/19 07:26 AM
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                        150 GFLOP/s measured?Richard Cownie2010/07/19 08:42 AM
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                                150 GFLOP/s measured?Richard Cownie2010/07/19 04:10 PM
                                  150 GFLOP/s measured?hobold2010/07/19 04:25 PM
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                                    150 GFLOP/s measured?Richard Cownie2010/07/20 06:04 AM
                                150 GFLOP/s measured?jrl2010/07/20 01:18 AM
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                                      150 GFLOP/s measured?slacker2010/07/24 12:48 AM
                                        150 GFLOP/s measured?anon2010/07/24 02:36 AM
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                                          Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-nessanon2010/07/22 04:27 AM
                                      Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-nessslacker2010/07/21 07:45 PM
                                        Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-nessanon2010/07/22 01:57 AM
                                        Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-ness?2010/07/22 05:26 AM
                                          Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-nessDan Downs2010/07/22 08:14 AM
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                                            Confusing and not very useful definition?2010/07/22 10:58 PM
                                              Confusing and not very useful definitionUngo2010/07/24 12:06 PM
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                              Separate the OoO-ness from speculative-nessThiago Kurovski2010/07/21 04:13 PM
            You are just quoting SINGLE precision flops? OMG what planet do you live? Vincent Diepeveen2010/07/19 10:26 AM
              The prior poster was talking about SP (NT)David Kanter2010/07/19 11:34 AM
                All FFT's need double precisionVincent Diepeveen2010/07/19 02:02 PM
                  All FFT's need double precisionDavid Kanter2010/07/19 02:09 PM
                    All FFT's need double precisionVincent Diepeveen2010/07/19 04:06 PM
                  All FFT's need double precision - notMichael S2010/07/20 01:16 AM
                    All FFT's need double precision - notUngo2010/07/21 12:04 AM
                      All FFT's need double precision - notMichael S2010/07/21 02:35 PM
                      All FFT's need double precision - notEduardoS2010/07/21 02:52 PM
                        All FFT's need double precision - notAnon2010/07/21 05:23 PM
                          All FFT's need double precision - notRicardo B2010/07/26 07:46 AM
                        I'm on a boat!anon2010/07/22 11:42 AM
                        All FFT's need double precision - notVincent Diepeveen2010/07/24 11:39 PM
                          All FFT's need double precision - notslacker2010/07/25 03:27 AM
                            All FFT's need double precision - notRicardo B2010/07/26 07:40 AM
                          All FFT's need double precision - notEduardoS2010/07/25 08:37 AM
                            All FFT's need double precision - notMichael S2010/07/25 10:43 AM
                    All FFT's need double precision - notVincent Diepeveen2010/07/24 11:19 PM
      A bit off baseEduardoS2010/07/08 04:08 PM
        A bit off baseGroo2010/07/08 06:11 PM
          A bit off basejohn mann2010/07/08 06:58 PM
            All right...let's cool it...David Kanter2010/07/08 07:54 PM
    A bit off baseVincent Diepeveen2010/07/19 03:36 PM
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