zafena development

February 6, 2013

I have just returned from FOSDEM where we Julen Gouesse, Sven Gothel and Xerxes Rånby presented a JogAmp freejava love talk with some live demonstrations running hardware accelerated on x86 laptop, android/meego phone/tables and GNU/LInux systems such as the AC100 and RaspberryPi.
Slides, Video and Teaser from the JogAmp FOSDEM freejava love talk are now online:
http://jogamp.org/doc/fosdem2013/

If you want to design a game then we recommend you to use JogAmp indirect through a game engine library such as libgdx or JMonkeyEngine 3. We have a forum thread inside the JogAmp community where we work on improving engine support for embedded devices such as the Raspberry Pi using said engines. By using a game engine will get you up to speed developing professional games that can be run across all devices and formfactors.
http://forum.jogamp.org/JOGL-2-0-OpenGL-OpenGL-ES-backend-for-LibGDX-tp4027689.html
The video and teaser recordings also includes footage of the JMonkeyEngine 3 JOGL 2 backend initialized by Julien Gouesse that we for time reason never managed to show during the strict 40min talk and live demo at FOSDEM.

Inside the FOSDEM talk we ran the open-source libgdx game pax-britannica using the new libgdx JogAmp JOGL 2 port initialized by Julien Gouesse in combination with the new hardfloat fixed CACAO ARM JVM found in the new IcedTea 6 1.12 release on the Raspberry Pi.
we also ran the JogAmp Jake2 port, a port done by Sven Gothel, using the armhf JamVM from IcedTea 7 on the ac100.
Both opensource games of course rocked running using freejava!
The point that we wanted to show is that if you start to use the dedicated love using the media accelerator found in all new devices your java applications rendering will run *equally* fast regardless of the JVM implementation, since the rendering is then performed by the GPU instead of the CPU.

For demonstation purposes: I had to extend the libgdx backend with a custom mouse pointer in order for otherwise touchscreen oriented games such as pax-britannica to work on the Raspberry Pi from console, the reason why this is needed is because there is no highlevel compositing windowmanager running on the RaspPi adding the overlay mousepointer for you like what you are custom to see when running desktop applications using X11. This libgdx RaspberryPi mouse pointer branch allowed me to test all touch oriented libgdx games and demos from console using a mouse input device.

While we know that compilation of custom JVM can be tricky I have prepared a RaspberryPi armhf CACAO libjvm.so that you can use as an drop in replacement into any OpenJDK 6 installation (/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-armhf/jre/lib/arm/server/libjvm.so) This libjvm.so was built using the IcedTea 6 1.12 release from inside a Raspbian chroot.
For JamVM simply install the openjdk-7-jdk package and run it using java -jamvm its already built and packaged by the Raspbian team and work great! The new CACAO armhf libjvm.so is found here: http://labb.zafena.se/cacao/armhf-armv6/libjvm.so

Edit:
The Raspberry Pi Rasbian armhf distribution have now packaged IcedTea 6 1.12.1 and included it in the distribution, this means that you can test the new armhf CACAO JVM and JamVM JVM by simply installing the openjdk-6-jdk package.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
java -jamvm -version
java -cacao -version

Also a great KUDOS for Qun, our dear camera-woman!

Cheers and enjoy the love!
On behalf of the JogAmp community – Xerxes

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