Compute Worker

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Compute Worker

A Godot plug-in that simplifies the setup and use of compute shaders in Godot!This plugin wraps the RenderingDevice compute API. It provides a custom ComputeWorker class and node that simplifies setup and execution of the compute pipeline, and handles encoding of Godot data types into GLSL data buffers. All so you don't have to!Features:- ComputeWorker node/class- Custom resources to handle uniform data- Simplified compute API- Easy scene tree interaction- Supports uniforms and storage buffers- Support for Structs and Struct Arrays- Decently documented- Example sceneSee the README in the github repo for a short guide to get up and running!

Supported Engine Version
4.0
Version String
1.02
License Version
MIT
Support Level
community
Modified Date
4 months ago
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ComputeWorker

A Godot plug-in that wraps the RenderingDevice compute API. Provides a custom ComputeWorker class and node that simplifies setup and execution of the compute pipeline, and handles encoding of Godot data types into GLSL data buffers.

The ComputeWorker Node

A ComputeWorker can be added to a scene through the Create New Node dialog, or instanced from the ComputeWorker.tscn file. It can also be instanced in scripts with ComputeWorker.new().

Setup

First, drag your .glsl shader file into the shader_file field in the Inspector.

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Second, add the uniforms that are defined in your shader to the uniforms array. Start by opening the Array and clicking Add Element. Then click the empty array element to open the list of uniform options. (GPUUniform is the base class and shouldn't be used here)

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Note: The GPU_* objects listed represent different Godot data types, and they each correspond to their respective data types in GLSL. More on the specifics of it later.

Add a GPU_* uniform to the array for each uniform in your shader that you want to access/write to from Godot. (See GPUUniforms below)

When you inspect the GPUUniform you added, there are some properties to set. The first one is Data, which is the initial data that the shader will be supplied with. Second is the uniform's Binding, which should be set to correspond with the binding of the uniform in the shader. Third is Uniform Type, which is whether the variable in the shader is defined as a Uniform or Storage Buffer. Fourth is Alias, which is a user-defined (that's you!) identifier that can be used to access your uniforms in a more readable manner.

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Once your uniforms are set up, set the ComputeWorker's Uniform Set ID to the set ID used in your shader. (Currently does not support multiple sets)

Last, set the shader's Global Work Group Size.

And now you're done setting it up! Let's get into how to use it.

Use

Before the ComputeWorker can be used, its initialize() function must be called. This is the function that sets up and dispatches the compute pipeline. However, if you need to set the initial data that the shader will receive through code, you can get the GPUUniform objects with the get_uniform_by_*() functions and set their data variable directly.

Once initialize() has been called, you can use get_uniform_data(binding: int) or get_uniform_data_by_alias(alias: String) to retrieve the resulting data from the shader. You can also use set_uniform_data(data, binding, dispatch) to set the value of the uniform in the shader. If dispatch is true, the shader will execute immediately after setting the uniform data.

If you want more control over the dispatching and executing of your shader, you can call dispatch_compute_list() and execute_compute_shader() manually to run it. If you make changes to the data in your uniforms, you must call dispatch_compute_list() before calling execute_compute_shader(), or the shader won't receive the updated data.

GPUUniforms

GPUUniforms are custom resources that encapsulate the setting/getting of uniform data through the RenderingDevice API, and the encoding of data from Godot variants to/from GLSL data types.

Below is a list of the GPU_* types and their corresponding GLSL data types:

  • GPU_Boolean: bool
  • GPU_Color: dvec4
  • GPU_Float: double, float
  • GPU_Image: image2D
  • GPU_PackedByteArray: Can be used for custom encoding
  • GPU_PackedFloat64Array: double[]
  • GPU_PackedVector3Array: vec3[], vec4[]
  • GPU_Struct: struct (see below)
  • GPU_StructArray: struct[] (see below)
  • GPU_Texture2DArray: image2DArray
  • GPU_Vector3: dvec3, dvec4
  • GPU_Vector3i: ivec3, ivec4

Structs

Structs have an extra setup step compared to the other basic types. GPU_Struct has a property called struct_data. This property is the initial data that the struct will take in, and its structure must match the structure of the struct in your shader.

So if your GLSL shader struct looks like this:

struct Object{
  dvec4 position;
  dvec4 velocity;
  double mass;
  double radius;
  double effector;
};

The struct_data array could look like this:

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The same concept applies to GPU_StructArray (which inherits GPU_Struct), but you also need to set array_size to the size of the array defined in the shader.

A Godot plug-in that simplifies the setup and use of compute shaders in Godot!

This plugin wraps the RenderingDevice compute API. It provides a custom ComputeWorker class and node that simplifies setup and execution of the compute pipeline, and handles encoding of Godot data types into GLSL data buffers. All so you don't have to!

Features:
- ComputeWorker node/class
- Custom resources to handle uniform data
- Simplified compute API
- Easy scene tree interaction
- Supports uniforms and storage buffers
- Support for Structs and Struct Arrays
- Decently documented
- Example scene

See the README in the github repo for a short guide to get up and running!

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Compute Worker

A Godot plug-in that simplifies the setup and use of compute shaders in Godot!This plugin wraps the RenderingDevice compute API. It provides a custom ComputeWorker class and node that simplifies setup and execution of the compute pipeline, and handles encoding of Godot data types into GLSL data buffers. All so you don't have to!Features:- ComputeWorker node/class- Custom resources to handle uniform data- Simplified compute API- Easy scene tree interaction- Supports uniforms and storage buffers- Support for Structs and Struct Arrays- Decently documented- Example sceneSee the README in the github repo for a short guide to get up and running!

Supported Engine Version
4.0
Version String
1.02
License Version
MIT
Support Level
community
Modified Date
4 months ago
Git URL
Issue URL

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