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Java openg vs native opengl

Gregg Bolinger
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Ok, I know that opengl is native when using java or c/c++. But as far as performance is concerned can there be made a case that opengl using c/c++ code vs java is faster? Once the VM starts and the opengl calls are made, I would think that it shouldn't be different. However, since with java the opengl has to be blipped onto some renderable surface, then it *could* be a bit slower running in java?? Is this any different than how a C/C++ application must render the gl?

Anyone have any information on this?

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Calling the individual GL methods is always going to be slower because pushing data through the "JNI barrier" is slow. But if you call a bunch of methods to build a display list, and then call the display list multiple times, that extra time is amortized away very quickly.

AFAIK, in current Java/GL implementations there's no extra buffer copying or or anything like that.

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