[osg-users] Investigating using OSG as a graphics backend for our real-time physics simulation system

Andy Somogyi andy.somogyi at gmail.com
Fri Jun 23 19:11:38 PDT 2017

Wow, thanks, that's some great information indeed.

The OSG community seems really great, and is a huge selling point.

I guess I'm going to have to write a prototype of my engine using both OSG, and Magnum, http://mosra.cz/blog/magnum.php

They both seem like great choices, but with different philosophies, going to have to try both to see which ones a better fit.

Thanks again for all the great info!

> On Jun 23, 2017, at 11:44 AM, Chris Hanson <xenon at alphapixel.com> wrote:
> Man, there was some really great material written here.
>> On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 1:38 AM, Robert Osfield <robert.osfield at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Andy,
>> I would have thought the OSG would work fine for your task, you have
>> happily mix and match 3D and 2D subgraphs (2D is just 3D in a single
>> plane.)  Portability is excellent as most of the code is pure C++ and
>> OpenGL.
>> As for for Tom Forsythe's blog, I can only guess he's never used a
>> professional grade scene graph that is well designed.
>> Long term future of the OSG is tied to OpenGL as it's designed from
>> the ground up as an OpenGL scene graph.  If were to try and generalize
>> it to handle multiple back-end API's we'd have to radically change
>> large parts of the API and implementation, backwards compatibility
>> would be lost and with it we'd bificate the community between the
>> OSG/GL version and the OSG/MultipleAPIs.
>> Apple have been moving away from cross platform standards towards
>> their own proprietary standards.  Metal probably doesn't have a great
>> future, if Apple drop the ball on the iPhone and it looses market
>> share it'll be histoy.  I suspect Direct3D is also tied to Microsoft
>> remaining relevant, they've lost the phone market and desktop isn't
>> growing. Personally I think the API best placed for the future is
>> Vulkan as it's cross platform and provides good threading and low
>> level control support.
>> Long term I see a Vulkan scene graph as being a successor to the OSG,
>> and on the OSG community part I think the best route would be such a
>> scene graph be developed to fit in with OSG in such a way that
>> existing OSG users can migrate across without having to dump on API
>> completely and start a fresh.  I've discussed my thoughts on this
>> topic extensively over the last two years, have done quite a bit
>> design work, but alas haven't had the time get the next OSG stable
>> release out so I have clear run at starting a new scene graph.
>> Quite a bit of my work on the OSG in the last year has taken ideas
>> that I came up with for the new scene graph so cross pollination has
>> already started.  My plan for the OSG is for it's API to be evolved
>> whilst avoiding major API breaks, so it'll be a stable base for
>> application for years to come.  My expectation is the new dev work on
>> the OSG should start to slow down with the majority of work being
>> maintenance.  The OSG is already 18 years old, users still pop up from
>> time to time about porting from OSG versions a decade old, so my guess
>> is that the OSG will be still be relevant to many users for quite a
>> few years to come.
>> Robert.
>> Robert.
>> On 22 June 2017 at 23:33, Andy Somogyi <andy.somogyi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi All,
>> >
>> > We're evaluating using OSG as a possible graphics backend for our real-time physics simulation project, and I've got a few questions:
>> >
>> > * We suport Mac, Windows and Linux, how good is cross-platform support with OSG?
>> >
>> > * It looks like it’s pretty easy is it to hook up Magnum to an existing native window, just would like to confirm. Say on Windows, I create a new Win32 window, or on Mac I create a Cocoa window, is it possible to hook up OSG to that window. I know that I'll have to grab the window events (mouse, resize, etc...) in my app and forward them to OSG, that's not a big deal. We'll be using the native toolkit on each platform for the gui, i.e. WPF on Windows, Cocoa on Mac and GTK on Linux, so it's important that we can hook up our rendering code to native windows.
>> >
>> > * Much of our application will entail displaying highly dynamic deformable elastic surfaces and particle systems with programmatically generated textures, do you thing OSG is a good fit? Does OSG have mesh node types where it’s easy from the CPU side to update vertex positions and add/remove vertices?
>> >
>> > * We also plan to do a bit of 2D drawing (objects in a tree structure), How easy would it be to also use OSG for 2D trees?
>> >
>> > * I think a scene graph approach would be a good fit for us, as I’ve worked a lot with open inventor in the past. Part of what we'll be doing will be constructive solid geometry, similar to OpenSCAD, http://www.openscad.org, and a scene graph we think is a good way to represent this kind of geometry. There are however some criticisms of scene graphs, namely Tom Forsythe’s blog: http://tomforsyth1000.github.io/blog.wiki.html#%5B%5BScene%20Graphs%20-%20just%20say%20no%5D%5D
>> >
>> > I would tend to disagree with Jon, as I conceptualize things in space as all relative to the original, and things relative to each other (I worked with robotic arm manipulation before, so I tend to think in terms of transforms). How would you guys respond do Jon’s issues?
>> >
>> > * It would appear that Apple, in their infinite wisdom (sarcasm) is slowly deprecating OpenGL in favor of metal. In the future, do you think OSG could have different backends (metal, directx)?
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > -- Andy
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