Recently, I got access to the latest release of Parallel Studio with an update version of Advisor. 6 years after my last review, let’s dive into it again!
Sometimes Visual Studio and Xcode projects just get out of hand. The private project I’m working on has 130 subprojects, all in a single solution, that’s just too much to display in one window. And then I learnt that projects can actually be moved to folders, just like what is possible for files in a project (so you don’t have Source Files and Header Files, but something custom, for instance following the file hierarchy).
They are activated differently, and it’s sometimes not as straightforward, but it works great once it is set up. And as this works for Xcode projects and Visual Studio projects, I was really eager to sort out my Audio Toolkit main project, so it will be the basis of the tests here.
Focus on this release was on performance. As such the core functions were optimized, as well as some tools and EQ.
A new filter dedicated to fast convolution (using a fixed-size partition with a mix of FFT convolution and explicit FIR filter) with 0 latency was added.
After my post on HPCToolkit, I felt that I prefered QCacheGrind as a GUI to explore profiling results. So here is a gist with a Python script to convert XML HPCToolkit experiments to callgrind format: https://gist.github.com/mbrucher/6cad31e38beca770523b
For instance, this is a display of an Audio Toolkit test of L2 cache misses:
Convolution is an algorithm that is often used for reverberations. If the equation is easy to understand and to implement, the implementation is costly. The other way of doing it is to use Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), but the direct/crude implementation requires latency. If it is possible to optimize the basic convolution code, it is sometimes more interesting to use a different algorithm, as it is the case here.
I’ve explained in earlier posts how to simulate a simple overdrive circuit. I’ve also explained how I implemented this in QtVST (and yes, I should have added labels on those images!), which was more or less the predecessor of Audio TK.
The main problem with simulating non linear circuits is that it costs a lot. Let’s see if I can improve the timings a little bit.