[cairo] [Fwd: Re: performance difference between image and win32 surface?]

Danilo Gulamhussene danilo at impara.de
Fri Oct 19 02:38:10 PDT 2007

Oh, I accidentally did not responded to all...

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Betreff: 	Re: [cairo] performance difference between image and win32 
Datum: 	Thu, 18 Oct 2007 18:22:47 +0200
Von: 	Danilo Gulamhussene <danilo at impara.de>
An: 	Owen Taylor <otaylor at redhat.com>
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Owen Taylor schrieb:
> On Thu, 2007-10-18 at 16:58 +0200, Danilo Gulamhussene wrote:
>> Hi,
>> i have experimented a little with Cairo, cause we plan to use it for 
>> rendering in a larger project.
>> Some performance tests stated, that using a Win32 Surface is about 5 
>> times slower than using an Image Surface on my system (Windows XP).
>> (I wrote the small tests on my own, cause I did not manage yet to build 
>> the performance tests included in Cairo.)
>> Could these results be correct, or am I doing something wrong?
>> When yes, what is the reason for this performance difference? I would 
>> find it much more straight forward to render directly into a Win32 
>> Surface instead of rendering in an Image Surface and then copying it 
>> into the window.
> Many sorts of rendering in cairo needs to be done in software instead of
> through the Windows API. So, to operate on a surface where
> the pixels aren't directly accessible (a Window or a DDB), cairo needs
> to copy data from the surface, operate it, and copy it back. This 
> will be very slow if you are making lots of small operations.
> You may find cairo_push_group() to be a convenient way to get good
> performance without manually having to manipulate extra surfaces.
> - Owen
Thank you very much, for the advice!
I now reach a performance in a window similar to using an image surface.


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