Mandelbrot Set with C++ AMP

March 23, 2014

C++ AMP (Accelerated Massive Parallelism) is a Microsoft C++ library that can be used for General Purpose (GP) computing on Graphic Processing Units (GPU), and theoretically at least, other future devices – all in mostly standard C++. “General Purpose” here means processing that is unrelated to graphic rendering, which is the basic capability of a GPU. AMP certainly has alternatives, such as Microsoft’s own High Level Shader Language (HLSL), used mostly for shader authoring, part of the GPU’s graphic pipeline; but shaders can be used for general purpose computing as well called DirectCompute; DirectCompute seems to no longer being...
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Debugger Visualizer for Non-Serializable Types

March 19, 2014

A debugger visualizer provides a rich way to “visualize” in some sense a .NET object within Visual Studio while debugging. Writing a basic debugger visualizer is simple enough: create a Class Library project with a class that derives from DialogDebuggerVisualizer and override the Show method. Inside the Show method, a call to IVisualizerObjectProvider.GetObject method (the interface is provided in an argument to Show) retrieves the object in question. The next step would be to create the actual “visualizer”and show it with a call to IDialogVisualizerService.ShowDialog method. To actually advertise the existence of the visualizer, an assembly level attribute...
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