Today I did something that I've been meaning to try out for a while - modified TerrainShape to be byte based. Didn't take long, and works as expected, but at 1/4 of the memory cost, as expected. For Astralis (http://www.facebook.com/Astralis1) this is significant as there are kilometres of terrain.

I wonder if a ByteTerrainShape would be useful within BEPU? Happy to send my code across - the changes were pretty minimal, the only additional fields needed were 'minimumAltitude' and 'altitudeScale', with the later being multiplied with the values stored in the byte to produce the desired range (For example 25.6 meters vertical range) and the former being added, to offset where the terrain gets placed in the world vertically.

Happy to post my code across - I thought about trying generics for this, but a ByteTerrainShape seemed like it might be a common case as lots of terrain gets built out of byte based heightmaps.

Once again, a joy to work with BEPU, it performs great, creates minimal garbage, and the code is highly intuitive and clean/readable.

Gratefully

Eclectus

## ByteTerrainShape

### Re: ByteTerrainShape

If you'd like to put upload it somewhere- your own website, maybe a fork, or just here on the forum- that'd be great! I probably won't put it directly into the main fork to keep maintenance commitments lower, but it would be very nice to have as another reference implementation.

Glad to hear itOnce again, a joy to work with BEPU, it performs great, creates minimal garbage, and the code is highly intuitive and clean/readable.

### Re: ByteTerrainShape

Sounds like a plan

A friend questioned the performance hit of converting from a byte to a float in the IEEE 754 format. I'd assumed this wouldn't be much of an issue since bytes are only 8 integer bits, which I hoped could make them quicker to encode as floats than integers. I'd be interested to know if

was much of a performance hit where heights is a byte[,] array?

Cheers!

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```
using System;
using BEPUphysics.CollisionTests.Manifolds;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework;
using BEPUphysics.MathExtensions;
using BEPUphysics.DataStructures;
using BEPUphysics.CollisionShapes.ConvexShapes;
namespace BEPUphysics.CollisionShapes
{
///<summary>
/// The local space data needed by a Terrain collidable.
/// Contains the Heightmap and other information.
///</summary>
public class ByteTerrainShape : CollisionShape
{
private byte[,] heights;
private float minimumAltitude;
private float altitudeScale;
//note: changing heights in array does not fire OnShapeChanged automatically.
//Need to notify parent manually if you do it.
///<summary>
/// Gets or sets the height field of the terrain shape.
///</summary>
public byte[,] Heights
{
get
{
return heights;
}
set
{
heights = value;
OnShapeChanged();
}
}
QuadTriangleOrganization quadTriangleOrganization;
///<summary>
/// Gets or sets the quad triangle organization.
///</summary>
public QuadTriangleOrganization QuadTriangleOrganization
{
get
{
return quadTriangleOrganization;
}
set
{
quadTriangleOrganization = value;
OnShapeChanged();
}
}
///<summary>
/// Constructs a TerrainShape.
///</summary>
///<param name="heights">Heights array used for the shape.</param>
///<param name="triangleOrganization">Triangle organization of each quad.</param>
///<exception cref="ArgumentException">Thrown if the heights array has less than 2x2 vertices.</exception>
public TerrainShape(byte[,] heights, QuadTriangleOrganization triangleOrganization, float minimumAltitude, float altitudeScale)
{
if (heights.GetLength(0) <= 1 || heights.GetLength(1) <= 1)
{
throw new ArgumentException("Terrains must have a least 2x2 vertices (one quad).");
}
this.heights = heights;
quadTriangleOrganization = triangleOrganization;
this.minimumAltitude = minimumAltitude;
this.altitudeScale = altitudeScale;
}
///<summary>
/// Constructs a TerrainShape.
///</summary>
///<param name="heights">Heights array used for the shape.</param>
public TerrainShape(byte[,] heights, float minimumAltitude, float altitudeRange)
: this(heights, QuadTriangleOrganization.BottomLeftUpperRight, minimumAltitude, altitudeRange)
{
}
///<summary>
/// Constructs the bounding box of the terrain given a transform.
///</summary>
///<param name="transform">Transform to apply to the terrain during the bounding box calculation.</param>
///<param name="boundingBox">Bounding box of the terrain shape when transformed.</param>
public void GetBoundingBox(ref AffineTransform transform, out BoundingBox boundingBox)
{
#if !WINDOWS
boundingBox = new BoundingBox();
#endif
float minX = float.MaxValue, maxX = -float.MaxValue,
minY = float.MaxValue, maxY = -float.MaxValue,
minZ = float.MaxValue, maxZ = -float.MaxValue;
Vector3 minXvertex = new Vector3(),
maxXvertex = new Vector3(),
minYvertex = new Vector3(),
maxYvertex = new Vector3(),
minZvertex = new Vector3(),
maxZvertex = new Vector3();
//Find the extreme locations.
for (int i = 0; i < heights.GetLength(0); i++)
{
for (int j = 0; j < heights.GetLength(1); j++)
{
var vertex = new Vector3(i, heights[i, j], j);
Matrix3X3.Transform(ref vertex, ref transform.LinearTransform, out vertex);
if (vertex.X < minX)
{
minX = vertex.X;
minXvertex = vertex;
}
else if (vertex.X > maxX)
{
maxX = vertex.X;
maxXvertex = vertex;
}
if (vertex.Y < minY)
{
minY = vertex.Y;
minYvertex = vertex;
}
else if (vertex.Y > maxY)
{
maxY = vertex.Y;
maxYvertex = vertex;
}
if (vertex.Z < minZ)
{
minZ = vertex.Z;
minZvertex = vertex;
}
else if (vertex.Z > maxZ)
{
maxZ = vertex.Z;
maxZvertex = vertex;
}
}
}
//Shift the bounding box.
boundingBox.Min.X = minXvertex.X + transform.Translation.X;
boundingBox.Min.Y = minYvertex.Y + transform.Translation.Y;
boundingBox.Min.Z = minZvertex.Z + transform.Translation.Z;
boundingBox.Max.X = maxXvertex.X + transform.Translation.X;
boundingBox.Max.Y = maxYvertex.Y + transform.Translation.Y;
boundingBox.Max.Z = maxZvertex.Z + transform.Translation.Z;
}
///<summary>
/// Tests a ray against the terrain shape.
///</summary>
///<param name="ray">Ray to test against the shape.</param>
///<param name="maximumLength">Maximum length of the ray in units of the ray direction's length.</param>
///<param name="transform">Transform to apply to the terrain shape during the test.</param>
///<param name="hit">Hit data of the ray cast, if any.</param>
///<returns>Whether or not the ray hit the transformed terrain shape.</returns>
public bool RayCast(ref Ray ray, float maximumLength, ref AffineTransform transform, out RayHit hit)
{
return RayCast(ref ray, maximumLength, ref transform, TriangleSidedness.Counterclockwise, out hit);
}
///<summary>
/// Tests a ray against the terrain shape.
///</summary>
///<param name="ray">Ray to test against the shape.</param>
///<param name="maximumLength">Maximum length of the ray in units of the ray direction's length.</param>
///<param name="transform">Transform to apply to the terrain shape during the test.</param>
///<param name="sidedness">Sidedness of the triangles to use when raycasting.</param>
///<param name="hit">Hit data of the ray cast, if any.</param>
///<returns>Whether or not the ray hit the transformed terrain shape.</returns>
public bool RayCast(ref Ray ray, float maximumLength, ref AffineTransform transform, TriangleSidedness sidedness, out RayHit hit)
{
hit = new RayHit();
//Put the ray into local space.
Ray localRay;
AffineTransform inverse;
AffineTransform.Invert(ref transform, out inverse);
Matrix3X3.Transform(ref ray.Direction, ref inverse.LinearTransform, out localRay.Direction);
AffineTransform.Transform(ref ray.Position, ref inverse, out localRay.Position);
//Use rasterizey traversal.
//The origin is at 0,0,0 and the map goes +X, +Y, +Z.
//if it's before the origin and facing away, or outside the max and facing out, early out.
float maxX = heights.GetLength(0) - 1;
float maxZ = heights.GetLength(1) - 1;
Vector3 progressingOrigin = localRay.Position;
float distance = 0;
//Check the outside cases first.
if (progressingOrigin.X < 0)
{
if (localRay.Direction.X > 0)
{
//Off the left side.
float timeToMinX = -progressingOrigin.X / localRay.Direction.X;
distance += timeToMinX;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToMinX, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
else
return false; //Outside and pointing away from the terrain.
}
else if (progressingOrigin.X > maxX)
{
if (localRay.Direction.X < 0)
{
//Off the left side.
float timeToMinX = -(progressingOrigin.X - maxX) / localRay.Direction.X;
distance += timeToMinX;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToMinX, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
else
return false; //Outside and pointing away from the terrain.
}
if (progressingOrigin.Z < 0)
{
if (localRay.Direction.Z > 0)
{
float timeToMinZ = -progressingOrigin.Z / localRay.Direction.Z;
distance += timeToMinZ;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToMinZ, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
else
return false;
}
else if (progressingOrigin.Z > maxZ)
{
if (localRay.Direction.Z < 0)
{
float timeToMinZ = -(progressingOrigin.Z - maxZ) / localRay.Direction.Z;
distance += timeToMinZ;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToMinZ, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
else
return false;
}
if (distance > maximumLength)
return false;
//By now, we should be entering the main body of the terrain.
int xCell = (int)progressingOrigin.X;
int zCell = (int)progressingOrigin.Z;
//If it's hitting the border and going in, then correct the index
//so that it will initially target a valid quad.
//Without this, a quad beyond the border would be tried and failed.
if (xCell == heights.GetLength(0) - 1 && localRay.Direction.X < 0)
xCell = heights.GetLength(0) - 2;
if (zCell == heights.GetLength(1) - 1 && localRay.Direction.Z < 0)
zCell = heights.GetLength(1) - 2;
while (true)
{
//Check for a miss.
if (xCell < 0 ||
zCell < 0 ||
xCell >= heights.GetLength(0) - 1 ||
zCell >= heights.GetLength(1) - 1)
return false;
//Test the triangles of this cell.
Vector3 v1, v2, v3, v4;
// v3 v4
// v1 v2
GetLocalPosition(xCell, zCell, out v1);
GetLocalPosition(xCell + 1, zCell, out v2);
GetLocalPosition(xCell, zCell + 1, out v3);
GetLocalPosition(xCell + 1, zCell + 1, out v4);
RayHit hit1, hit2;
bool didHit1;
bool didHit2;
//Don't bother doing ray intersection tests if the ray can't intersect it.
float highest = v1.Y;
float lowest = v1.Y;
if (v2.Y > highest)
highest = v2.Y;
else if (v2.Y < lowest)
lowest = v2.Y;
if (v3.Y > highest)
highest = v3.Y;
else if (v3.Y < lowest)
lowest = v3.Y;
if (v4.Y > highest)
highest = v4.Y;
else if (v4.Y < lowest)
lowest = v4.Y;
if (!(progressingOrigin.Y > highest && localRay.Direction.Y > 0 ||
progressingOrigin.Y < lowest && localRay.Direction.Y < 0))
{
if (quadTriangleOrganization == QuadTriangleOrganization.BottomLeftUpperRight)
{
//Always perform the raycast as if Y+ in local space is the way the triangles are facing.
didHit1 = Toolbox.FindRayTriangleIntersection(ref localRay, maximumLength, sidedness, ref v1, ref v2, ref v3, out hit1);
didHit2 = Toolbox.FindRayTriangleIntersection(ref localRay, maximumLength, sidedness, ref v2, ref v4, ref v3, out hit2);
}
else //if (quadTriangleOrganization == CollisionShapes.QuadTriangleOrganization.BottomRightUpperLeft)
{
didHit1 = Toolbox.FindRayTriangleIntersection(ref localRay, maximumLength, sidedness, ref v1, ref v2, ref v4, out hit1);
didHit2 = Toolbox.FindRayTriangleIntersection(ref localRay, maximumLength, sidedness, ref v1, ref v4, ref v3, out hit2);
}
if (didHit1 && didHit2)
{
if (hit1.T < hit2.T)
{
Vector3.Multiply(ref ray.Direction, hit1.T, out hit.Location);
Vector3.Add(ref hit.Location, ref ray.Position, out hit.Location);
Matrix3X3.TransformTranspose(ref hit1.Normal, ref inverse.LinearTransform, out hit.Normal);
hit.T = hit1.T;
return true;
}
Vector3.Multiply(ref ray.Direction, hit2.T, out hit.Location);
Vector3.Add(ref hit.Location, ref ray.Position, out hit.Location);
Matrix3X3.TransformTranspose(ref hit2.Normal, ref inverse.LinearTransform, out hit.Normal);
hit.T = hit2.T;
return true;
}
else if (didHit1)
{
Vector3.Multiply(ref ray.Direction, hit1.T, out hit.Location);
Vector3.Add(ref hit.Location, ref ray.Position, out hit.Location);
Matrix3X3.TransformTranspose(ref hit1.Normal, ref inverse.LinearTransform, out hit.Normal);
hit.T = hit1.T;
return true;
}
else if (didHit2)
{
Vector3.Multiply(ref ray.Direction, hit2.T, out hit.Location);
Vector3.Add(ref hit.Location, ref ray.Position, out hit.Location);
Matrix3X3.TransformTranspose(ref hit2.Normal, ref inverse.LinearTransform, out hit.Normal);
hit.T = hit2.T;
return true;
}
}
//Move to the next cell.
float timeToX;
if (localRay.Direction.X < 0)
timeToX = -(progressingOrigin.X - xCell) / localRay.Direction.X;
else if (ray.Direction.X > 0)
timeToX = (xCell + 1 - progressingOrigin.X) / localRay.Direction.X;
else
timeToX = float.MaxValue;
float timeToZ;
if (localRay.Direction.Z < 0)
timeToZ = -(progressingOrigin.Z - zCell) / localRay.Direction.Z;
else if (localRay.Direction.Z > 0)
timeToZ = (zCell + 1 - progressingOrigin.Z) / localRay.Direction.Z;
else
timeToZ = float.MaxValue;
//Move to the next cell.
if (timeToX < timeToZ)
{
if (localRay.Direction.X < 0)
xCell--;
else
xCell++;
distance += timeToX;
if (distance > maximumLength)
return false;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToX, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
else
{
if (localRay.Direction.Z < 0)
zCell--;
else
zCell++;
distance += timeToZ;
if (distance > maximumLength)
return false;
Vector3 increment;
Vector3.Multiply(ref localRay.Direction, timeToZ, out increment);
Vector3.Add(ref increment, ref progressingOrigin, out progressingOrigin);
}
}
}
///<summary>
/// Gets the position of a vertex at the given indices in local space.
///</summary>
///<param name="i">Index in the first dimension.</param>
///<param name="j">Index in the second dimension.</param>
///<param name="v">Local space position at the given vertice.s</param>
public void GetLocalPosition(int i, int j, out Vector3 v)
{
#if !WINDOWS
v = new Vector3();
#endif
v.X = i;
v.Y = (heights[i, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
v.Z = j;
}
/// <summary>
/// Gets the world space position of a vertex in the terrain at the given indices.
/// </summary>
///<param name="i">Index in the first dimension.</param>
///<param name="j">Index in the second dimension.</param>
/// <param name="transform">Transform to apply to the vertex.</param>
/// <param name="position">Transformed position of the vertex at the given indices.</param>
public void GetPosition(int i, int j, ref AffineTransform transform, out Vector3 position)
{
if (i <= 0)
i = 0;
else if (i >= heights.GetLength(0))
i = heights.GetLength(0) - 1;
if (j <= 0)
j = 0;
else if (j >= heights.GetLength(1))
j = heights.GetLength(1) - 1;
#if !WINDOWS
position = new Vector3();
#endif
position.X = i;
position.Y = (heights[i, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
position.Z = j;
AffineTransform.Transform(ref position, ref transform, out position);
}
/// <summary>
/// Gets the world space normal at the given indices.
/// </summary>
///<param name="i">Index in the first dimension.</param>
///<param name="j">Index in the second dimension.</param>
/// <param name="transform">Transform to apply to the terrain while computing the normal.</param>
/// <param name="normal">World space normal at the given indices.</param>
public void GetNormal(int i, int j, ref AffineTransform transform, out Vector3 normal)
{
Vector3 top;
Vector3 bottom;
Vector3 right;
Vector3 left;
if (i <= 0)
i = 0;
else if (i >= heights.GetLength(0))
i = heights.GetLength(0) - 1;
if (j <= 0)
j = 0;
else if (j >= heights.GetLength(1))
j = heights.GetLength(1) - 1;
GetPosition(i, Math.Min(j + 1, heights.GetLength(1) - 1), ref transform, out top);
GetPosition(i, Math.Max(j - 1, 0), ref transform, out bottom);
GetPosition(Math.Min(i + 1, heights.GetLength(0) - 1), j, ref transform, out right);
GetPosition(Math.Max(i - 1, 0), j, ref transform, out left);
Vector3 temp;
Vector3.Subtract(ref top, ref bottom, out temp);
Vector3.Subtract(ref right, ref left, out normal);
Vector3.Cross(ref temp, ref normal, out normal);
normal.Normalize();
}
///<summary>
/// Gets overlapped triangles with the terrain shape with a bounding box in the local space of the shape.
///</summary>
///<param name="localSpaceBoundingBox">Bounding box in the local space of the terrain shape.</param>
///<param name="overlappedTriangles">Triangles whose bounding boxes overlap the input bounding box.</param>
public bool GetOverlaps(BoundingBox localSpaceBoundingBox, RawList<TriangleMeshConvexContactManifold.TriangleIndices> overlappedTriangles)
{
int width = heights.GetLength(0);
int minX = Math.Max((int)localSpaceBoundingBox.Min.X, 0);
int minY = Math.Max((int)localSpaceBoundingBox.Min.Z, 0);
int maxX = Math.Min((int)localSpaceBoundingBox.Max.X, width - 2);
int maxY = Math.Min((int)localSpaceBoundingBox.Max.Z, heights.GetLength(1) - 2);
for (int i = minX; i <= maxX; i++)
{
for (int j = minY; j <= maxY; j++)
{
//Before adding a triangle to the list, make sure the object isn't too high or low from the quad.
float highest, lowest;
float y1 = (heights[i, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
float y2 = (heights[i + 1, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
float y3 = (heights[i, j + 1] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
float y4 = (heights[i + 1, j + 1] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
highest = y1;
lowest = y1;
if (y2 > highest)
highest = y2;
else if (y2 < lowest)
lowest = y2;
if (y3 > highest)
highest = y3;
else if (y3 < lowest)
lowest = y3;
if (y4 > highest)
highest = y4;
else if (y4 < lowest)
lowest = y4;
if (localSpaceBoundingBox.Max.Y < lowest ||
localSpaceBoundingBox.Min.Y > highest)
continue;
//Now the local bounding box is very likely intersecting those of the triangles.
//Add the triangles to the list.
var indices = new TriangleMeshConvexContactManifold.TriangleIndices();
//v3 v4
//v1 v2
if (quadTriangleOrganization == QuadTriangleOrganization.BottomLeftUpperRight)
{
//v1 v2 v3
indices.A = i + j * width;
indices.B = i + 1 + j * width;
indices.C = i + (j + 1) * width;
overlappedTriangles.Add(indices);
//v2 v4 v3
indices.A = i + 1 + j * width;
indices.B = i + 1 + (j + 1) * width;
indices.C = i + (j + 1) * width;
overlappedTriangles.Add(indices);
}
else //Bottom right, Upper left
{
//v1 v2 v4
indices.A = i + j * width;
indices.B = i + 1 + j * width;
indices.C = i + 1 + (j + 1) * width;
overlappedTriangles.Add(indices);
//v1 v4 v3
indices.A = i + j * width;
indices.B = i + 1 + (j + 1) * width;
indices.C = i + (j + 1) * width;
overlappedTriangles.Add(indices);
}
}
}
return overlappedTriangles.count > 0;
}
///<summary>
/// Gets overlapped triangles with the terrain shape with a bounding box in the local space of the shape.
///</summary>
///<param name="localBoundingBox">Bounding box in the local space of the terrain shape.</param>
///<param name="overlappedElements">Indices of elements whose bounding boxes overlap the input bounding box.</param>
public bool GetOverlaps(BoundingBox localBoundingBox, RawList<int> overlappedElements)
{
int width = heights.GetLength(0);
int minX = Math.Max((int)localBoundingBox.Min.X, 0);
int minY = Math.Max((int)localBoundingBox.Min.Z, 0);
int maxX = Math.Min((int)localBoundingBox.Max.X, width - 2);
int maxY = Math.Min((int)localBoundingBox.Max.Z, heights.GetLength(1) - 2);
for (int i = minX; i <= maxX; i++)
{
for (int j = minY; j <= maxY; j++)
{
//Before adding a triangle to the list, make sure the object isn't too high or low from the quad.
float highest, lowest;
float y1 = (heights[i, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;;
float y2 = (heights[i + 1, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;;
float y3 = (heights[i, j + 1] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;;
float y4 = (heights[i + 1, j + 1] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;;
highest = y1;
lowest = y1;
if (y2 > highest)
highest = y2;
else if (y2 < lowest)
lowest = y2;
if (y3 > highest)
highest = y3;
else if (y3 < lowest)
lowest = y3;
if (y4 > highest)
highest = y4;
else if (y4 < lowest)
lowest = y4;
if (localBoundingBox.Max.Y < lowest ||
localBoundingBox.Min.Y > highest)
continue;
//Now the local bounding box is very likely intersecting those of the triangles.
//Add the triangles to the list.
int quadIndex = (i + j * width) * 2;
overlappedElements.Add(quadIndex);
overlappedElements.Add(quadIndex + 1);
}
}
return overlappedElements.count > 0;
}
///<summary>
/// Gets a world space triangle in the terrain at the given indices (as if it were a mesh).
///</summary>
///<param name="indices">Indices of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="transform">Transform to apply to the triangle vertices.</param>
///<param name="a">First vertex of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="b">Second vertex of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="c">Third vertex of the triangle.</param>
public void GetTriangle(ref TriangleMeshConvexContactManifold.TriangleIndices indices, ref AffineTransform transform, out Vector3 a, out Vector3 b, out Vector3 c)
{
//Reverse the encoded index:
//index = i + width * j
int width = heights.GetLength(0);
int columnA = indices.A / width;
int rowA = indices.A - columnA * width;
int columnB = indices.B / width;
int rowB = indices.B - columnB * width;
int columnC = indices.C / width;
int rowC = indices.C - columnC * width;
GetPosition(rowA, columnA, ref transform, out a);
GetPosition(rowB, columnB, ref transform, out b);
GetPosition(rowC, columnC, ref transform, out c);
}
///<summary>
/// Gets a world space triangle in the terrain at the given triangle index.
///</summary>
///<param name="index">Index of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="transform">Transform to apply to the triangle vertices.</param>
///<param name="a">First vertex of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="b">Second vertex of the triangle.</param>
///<param name="c">Third vertex of the triangle.</param>
public void GetTriangle(int index, ref AffineTransform transform, out Vector3 a, out Vector3 b, out Vector3 c)
{
//Find the quad.
int quadIndex = index / 2;
bool isFirstTriangle = quadIndex * 2 == index;
int column = quadIndex / heights.GetLength(0);
int row = quadIndex - column * heights.GetLength(0);
if (quadTriangleOrganization == CollisionShapes.QuadTriangleOrganization.BottomLeftUpperRight)
{
if (isFirstTriangle)
{
GetPosition(row, column, ref transform, out a);
GetPosition(row + 1, column, ref transform, out b);
GetPosition(row, column + 1, ref transform, out c);
}
else
{
GetPosition(row, column + 1, ref transform, out a);
GetPosition(row + 1, column + 1, ref transform, out b);
GetPosition(row + 1, column, ref transform, out c);
}
}
else
{
//The quad is BottomRightUpperLeft.
if (isFirstTriangle)
{
GetPosition(row, column, ref transform, out a);
GetPosition(row + 1, column, ref transform, out b);
GetPosition(row + 1, column + 1, ref transform, out c);
}
else
{
GetPosition(row, column, ref transform, out a);
GetPosition(row, column + 1, ref transform, out b);
GetPosition(row + 1, column + 1, ref transform, out c);
}
}
}
}
/// <summary>
/// Defines how a Terrain organizes triangles in its quads.
/// </summary>
public enum QuadTriangleOrganization
{
/// <summary>
/// Triangle with a right angle at the (-i,-j) position and another at the (+i,+j) position.
/// </summary>
BottomLeftUpperRight,
/// <summary>
/// Triangle with a right angle at the (+i,-j) position and another at the high (-i,+j) position.
/// </summary>
BottomRightUpperLeft
}
}
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position.Y = (heights[i, j] * altitudeScale) + minimumAltitude;
```

Cheers!

### Re: ByteTerrainShape

In the grand scheme of things, the additional cost of the conversion will be insignificant even if does technically end up costing more. For every single one of those byte->float conversions, there are many thousands of other operations that need to be performed for a single execution of one pair's collision detection alone. You would have to drill down very far in a performance profile of the application to see the cost, and it may be beyond the profiler's sampling resolution.A friend questioned the performance hit of converting from a byte to a float in the IEEE 754 format. I'd assumed this wouldn't be much of an issue since bytes are only 8 integer bits, which I hoped could make them quicker to encode as floats than integers. I'd be interested to know if ... was much of a performance hit where heights is a byte[,] array?

While I would usually recommend doing an explicit performance measurement, it can be a little tricky to set up a good test case for such a tiny detail. Set up properly, it would provide a pretty definitive answer, but there is another option that could provide some information with less work: examining the assembly the JIT produces.

So first, the setup, three loops which introduce just enough complexity to keep the compiler and JIT from simply removing them from existence:

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```
for (int i = 0; i < 10; ++i)
{
float f = i;
Console.WriteLine(f);
}
for (byte i = 0; i < 10; ++i)
{
float f = i;
Console.WriteLine(f);
}
for (float i = 0; i < 10; ++i)
{
float f = i;
Console.WriteLine(f);
}
```

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```
mov dword ptr [ebp-14h],esi
fild dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fstp dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fld dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fstp dword ptr [ebp-8]
```

And then, the byte loop:

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```
mov dword ptr [ebp-14h],esi
fild dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fstp dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fld dword ptr [ebp-14h]
fstp dword ptr [ebp-0Ch]
```

Another hint can be found in the way the byte loop is managed:

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```
inc esi
and esi,0FFh
cmp esi,0Ah
jl 00000032
```

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```
inc esi
cmp esi,0Ah
jl 00000009
```

From this, it can be extrapolated that bytes and integers will likely end up handled quite similarly (though there will likely be some times where they are explicitly distinguished). Further, because the JIT didn't go crazy and spit all sorts of complicated assembly out to manually manage the transition but rather used a concise instruction, the performance difference between data sourced from a byte array versus a float array will likely be nearly indistinguishable. I wouldn't be surprised if slightly greater cache coherency through the data compression would counteract any such difference even though the terrain's memory accesses aren't all that kind to the cache.

### Re: ByteTerrainShape

Well said In comparison to all the dot/cross products, square roots and normalization that has to be computed, my it felt like the conversion wouldn't be a performance influencing factor. But looking at the disassembly - I should do this more, its fun after all, and interesting to see what the JIT is up to. The results as I stepped through it reminded me of the Pareto Prenciple, (80/20) rule, where 80% of the performance comes from 20% of the code. The TerrainShape is already fast, and so yeah the tiny amount of conversion in the 5 instructions (or four if float isn't being declared) has no significant effect on itIn the grand scheme of things, the additional cost of the conversion will be insignificant even if does technically end up costing more. For every single one of those byte->float conversions, there are many thousands of other operations that need to be performed for a single execution of one pair's collision detection alone.

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```
0000019d fild dword ptr [ebp-40h]
000001a0 fstp dword ptr [ebp-70h]
000001a3 fld dword ptr [ebp-70h]
000001a6 fstp dword ptr [ebp-44h]
```

Cheers

Eclectus

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