03-31-13 - Index - Game Threading Architecture

Gathering the series for an index post :

cbloom rants 08-01-11 - A game threading model
cbloom rants 12-03-11 - Worker Thread system with reverse dependencies
cbloom rants 03-05-12 - Oodle Handle Table
cbloom rants 03-08-12 - Oodle Coroutines
cbloom rants 06-21-12 - Two Alternative Oodles
cbloom rants 07-19-12 - Experimental Futures in Oodle
cbloom rants 10-26-12 - Oodle Rewrite Thoughts
cbloom rants 12-18-12 - Async-Await ; Microsoft's Coroutines
cbloom rants 12-21-12 - Coroutine-centric Architecture
cbloom rants 12-21-12 - Coroutines From Lambdas
cbloom rants 12-06-12 - Theoretical Oodle Rewrite Continued
cbloom rants 02-23-13 - Threading - Reasoning Behind Coroutine Centric Design

I believe this is a good architecture, using the techniques that we currently have available, without doing anything that I consider bananas like writing your own programming language (*). Of course if you are platform-specific or know you can use C++11 there are small ways to make things more convenient, but the fundamental architecture would be about the same (and assuming that you will never need to port to a broken platform is a mistake I know well).

(* = a lot of people that I consider usually smart seem to think that writing a custom language is a great solution for lots of problems. Whenever we're talking about "oh reflection in C is a mess" or "dependency analysis should be automatic", they'll throw out "well if you had the time you would just write a custom language that does all this better". Would you? I certainly wouldn't. I like using tools that actually work, that new hires are familiar with, etc. etc. I don't have to list the pros of sticking with standard languages. In my experience every clever custom language for games is a huge fucking disaster and I would never advocate that as a good solution for any problem. It's not a question of limitted dev times and budgets.)

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