.net sdk memory management problem


Thank you Håvard, I now have a better idea of what this tool could be used for. Will try with an ocean.


I would had been surprised if avoiding the multiplications and divisions in this case would cause such a huge performance impact. So I tried it and as far as I can see it doesn’t speed up the function at all.


This runs over 2 times slower on my tests.

I suppose this is due to the constant access to the mapVerts List (mapVerts[i].X, mapVerts[i].Y, mapVerts[i].Z) instead of writing the value back at once as I did in the latest function.



Tried with an animated ocean and it works wonderful. Perfect for creating foam masks, among other things.

Performance is great, I don’t think it needs any further optimizations. After all, the ocean I tried is another example that probes the FPS are capped by the animation itself and not by coloring the vertices with this function.


Are you compiling with optimizations enabled?


Yes… I think :).
Are you getting different results? I mean for comparison with Denis’s code on #28 I get around 2.2 slowdown. Is that what you are talking about?


I haven’t tried compiling, just thought it would explain why you get such different performance.


I’ll test all these potential optimizations when I get back home from work. I appreciate all the tips so far!

Yeah, it works pretty well with just the height criterion. Here is a test the guy I helped made:



Would you try both functions if you get some time?
It would be great to have your opinion and findings.


slowing down for in-place method doesn’t make sense for me. probably it’s some issue specific to max .net sdk.
if removing unnecessary multiplications and divisions don’t really affect the performance that means 99% of time the method is doing something different. but i don’t see anything unless taking a value from one piece of memory and putting to another. in c++ sdk it’s almost nothing and doesn’t take any time.


I tried both versions and I get same result as PolyTools3D - the in-place version is about 60% slower for me.

I believe this is because that no value data is actually stored on the IPoint3:

bFlags = (dotnetClass "System.Reflection.BindingFlags")
allFields = dotnet.CombineEnums bFlags.Public bFlags.NonPublic bFlags.Instance
fields = ((((dotnetclass "Autodesk.Max.GlobalInterface").Instance.Point3.Create 1 1 1).GetType()).GetFields allFields)
for p in fields do print (p.ToString())

"Point3* unmanaged_"
"Boolean owning_"

The only data is a pointer to a native Point3. Each access requires dereferencing a native pointer, which I assume is slower from a c# assembly.

Nevertheless, the method runs very fast (1-2 ms for 40000 vertices on my machine), and if you need it any faster than this, you might as well start over in C++.


This runs about 18 times faster (yes, this is still c# code :stuck_out_tongue: )

//define this somewhere in your class
   struct Point3
            public float X;
            public float Y;
            public float Z;

Point3* mapP = (Point3*)(mapVerts[0] as Autodesk.Max.Wrappers.Point3).INativeObject__Handle;
Point3* meshP = (Point3*)(mesh.GetVert(0) as Autodesk.Max.Wrappers.Point3).INativeObject__Handle;

for (int i = 0; i < numMapVerts; i++)
    mapP->X = 1;
    if (meshP->Z > HeightThreshold)
        mapP->Y = Math.Max(0, mapP->Y - FadeInValue);
        mapP->Y = Math.Min(1, mapP->Y + FadeInValue);
    mapP->Z = mapP->Y;

for 1000 iterations:
previous fastest version: ~1800ms
this version: ~100ms

It requires you to reference Autodesk.Max.Wrappers in your project, and compile with unsafe code flag.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this in production code, I don’t know what issues could occur.

Converting simple renderer script to max sdk plugin

The C# takes 3ms to process a 100K mesh (3000ms for 1000 calls)

How much is “almost nothing” in C++? Just curious to know how much faster is the native code.


Great! 0.00016 seconds to process a 100K mesh isn’t bad, or is it? :slight_smile:


This would still be faster in C++, especially if it is SIMDed.


this is almost the same what c++ code has to do. excepting that mesh verts and map verts are already arrays of Point3.


i don’t think c++ code can do it much faster. only maybe getting the mesh might be a little faster.
another thing is update the render mesh after you set this colors and force rebuild of a cached one. and i’m not sure it’s possible to rebuild only colors. so the update will take much more time than a calculation.


I was actually expecting the C++ version to be 3-5 times faster, but 20 times faster is still a huge difference.

Although this function involves very common operations, I supposed the difference can be much larger than that in other cases.

Well, I guess a more flexible language comes with its price. What a shame that we can’t maintain and compile a single C++ version.

Thank you Rotem and Denis for your input, and thank you Håvard for sharing this.


c++ version gives me 0.00027 sec for 100K mesh… but my machine is pretty old.
as i said the function doesn’t really do anything else than get and set values in memory.


Can you post the code? I’ll give it a spin.