[Vm-dev] Patches to SqueakFFIPrims and FFI-Kernel to support "manual surfaces"

John M McIntosh johnmci at smalltalkconsulting.com
Sat Jan 30 19:54:59 UTC 2010

Ah, well here is an interesting issue for you to solve then. 


On 2010-01-30, at 10:27 AM, Josh Gargus wrote:

> Hi,
> Here's a zip file that contains patches to SqueakFFIPrims (both Slang and C support files) and FFI-Kernels in order to support "manual surfaces", as embodied in the new class ExternalForm.  There's a README in the zip file that describes how the changes fit together, so here I'll just describe the goal.
> The intent is to have a subclass of Form, ExternalForm, that uses an arbitrary pointer as the location of its pixel-data.  It achieves this by acting as a client of SurfacePlugin much like any other, with the added twist of a primitive that enables Squeak code to set/clear the pointer.  This is useful when working with such APIs as OpenGL and OpenCL, which provide a "map-image" API for interacting with images which reside in GPU memory.  For example, if you want to access the updated contents of an OpenCL image, you would call clEnqueueMapImage().  This returns a pointer to CPU-accessible memory; by using this as the pointer for an ExternalForm, we can seamlessly use the OpenCL image just like any other Squeak Form.
> Cheers,
> Josh
> <PatchesForExternalForm.zip>

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