Fractal Architect Render Engine
Open Source, Portable Flame Fractal GPU Rendering Engine
Filling a deep need for extremely fast GPU rendering and high quality output to the Flame fractal community.
Your favorite app can now support GPU rendering.
What is It?
Packaged as a dynamic linked library, so it can be embedded in commercial or open source flame fractal editors like Apophysis, JWildfire, Chaotica.
Written using portable C++ 14. Portable rewrite of commercial Fractal Architect app's render engine.
FA 5 is a commercial Apple Mac app.
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS
Author: Steven Brodhead firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Home: Project Home
Core Rendering Library: licensed under GNU LGPL v 2.1.
Example apps' source code: licensed under MIT license.
News -- December 3, 2016
Jwildfire 3.0 uses this render engine for GPU accelerated rendering.
- Tested on Windows 10 using Nvidia, AMD, and Intel GPUs
- OpenCL/CUDA platform GPU rendering. Multiple GPU rendering.
- Great performance.
- Choice of OpenCL or CUDA (Nvidia GPUs) rendering mode.
Mac OS - Mavericks thru Sierra
- Same performance as FA 4 app.
- Dependent on Apple's OpenCL drivers, so Intel GPUs not supported on Mac OS El Capitan, but does work on Mac OS Sierra
- CUDA rendering on Nvidia GPUs.
New Features in the Works
- Linux Support
- Support for new Jwildfire features
Performance on Windows 10
---- Gaming PC ----
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti $469 on 7/1/2016 Intel i7-4790K @ 4.00 Ghz $340 on 7/1/2016
electricsheep.244.01917.flam3 [1440X960] SS:2 Q:1000 Total:4.00 sec DE:0.41 sec Mips:385.67
Jwildfire 3:10.3 or 190.3 sec 47.6 X faster with FA
electricsheep.245.07662.flam3 [1440X960] SS:2 Q:1000 Total:2.52 sec DE:0.17 sec Mips:591.08
Jwildfire 1.44.5 or 104.5 sec 41.5 X faster with FA
---- Integrated Graphics PC ----
Intel i7-4790K @ 4.00 Ghz $340 on 7/1/2016 --- Integrated GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
electricsheep.244.01917.flam3 [1440X960] SS:2 Q:1000 Total:24.53 sec DE:1.64 sec Mips:60.55
Jwildfire 3:10.3 or 190.3 sec 7.8 X faster with FA
electricsheep.245.07662.flam3 [1440X960] SS:2 Q:1000 Total:16.27 sec DE:1.59 sec Mips:94.47
Jwildfire 1.44.5 or 104.5 sec 6.4 X faster with FA
---- High end Laptop ---- 2015 MacBook Pro
Intel i7-4870HQ @ 2.50 Ghz AMD Radeon M9 M370X
electricsheep.244.01917.png [1440X960] SS:2 Q:1000 Total:18.08 sec DE:1.92 sec Mips:85.79
Jwildfire 5:19 or 319. sec 17.6 X faster with FA
electricsheep.245.07662.png [1440X960] SS:1 Q:1000 Total:9.80 sec DE:0.30 sec Mips:145.90
Jwildfire 2:51.5 or 171.5 sec 17.5 X faster with FA
---- High end Gaming Laptop ---- 2016 Razer Blade using CUDA
Intel i7-6700HQ @ 2.60 Ghz Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
electricsheep.244.01917.png [1440X960] SS:4 Q:500 Total:3.54 sec DE:0.14 sec Mips:191.70
Jwildfire v3.0 65.69 sec 18.6 X faster with FA
electricsheep.245.07662.png [1440X960] SS:1 Q:500 Total:1.09 sec DE:0.01 sec Mips:603.08
Jwildfire v3.0 35.94 sec 33.0 X faster with FA
3rd Party Dependencies
- Library itself has no 3rd party library dependencies. It is completely standalone.
- Exception: OpenSSL on Mac OS
- Unit Testing framework: uses CXXTest Unit Test Framework
- Example app uses GraphicsMagick API to save images to file.
See BuildingNotes.txt for complete instructions.
GraphicsMagick is a pain to build as its such a big API. The library itself does not use GraphicsMagick, it is only used by the example app.
So that means that you can use a different imaging API, like .Net, Cocoa, or Java. There are only about 5 lines of code in the example app, that would need to be replaced.