Burst Wig by keijiro - 134

Shaders & Effects

"Wig" effect with the C# Job System and the Burst compiler

Unity 2019.3.13f1Unknown LicenseUpdated 99 days agoCreated on May 5th, 2020
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Burst Wig

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This project is an attempt to refurbish my old Wig effect (KvantWig) with the latest technology stack of Unity.

The old implementation uses an outdated GPGPU method, which was the most portable approach in the Unity 5.x era.

Now Unity has the C# Job System and the Burst compiler, which can handle vertex animation very performantly. The latest version of VFX Graph supports particle strips that are convenient to draw hair strands.

So, now the effect is split into two parts:

  • Dynamics (CPU): Runs the hair simulation using the C# Job System and bakes the result into a texture.
  • Rendering (GPU): Receives the vertex positions via the baked texture and renders the hair strands using particle strips in VFX Graph.

The result is not too bad. If you have lots of cores on the CPU, it works very performantly. On my Windows system (Ryzen 7 3700X), it completes the entire dynamics jobs in 0.2ms.

I don’t think it’s the best design choice for mobile platforms where the merit of CPU-size parallelism is limited compared to desktop platforms.

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