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Our First Open Source Release

Chris McEvoy — May 19, 2017

Today the programmers at Velan are releasing two of our lock-free data structures; a lock-free queue and a lock-free integer pool. We use both as a core part of our Viper technology.


How We Write Code

Chris McEvoy — May 1, 2017

The programmers at Velan write a fair amount of code. Recently we have been thinking about how we write code, and what we want our code to look like. After some discussion, we have distilled our thinking down to three high level points.


A Modern Shading Language

Brett Lajzer — December 22, 2016

High-level shading languages (GLSL, HLSL, MetalSL, etc...) are one of the few areas in games and graphics programming that, despite their name, are still very low level and have evaded tighter, more meaningful integration with applications. There have been past attempts to provide richer semantic information, but those are largely couched in the realm of being wrappers over an existing language: e.g. FX and Cg. The biggest issue with this approach is that the semantic information isn't a first-class citizen of the language. These wrappers are just fancy variations on the C preprocessor, which by definition makes them lossy. What we really want is a language that has application-level semantics built into it. Let's start by examining why, especially through the lens of game development.