Optimization on Arm Mali GPUs

Optimization is a key component of development on GPUs so that developers can efficiently run applications and games on devices. For graphical applications, optimization usually means modifying an application to make it more performant. A low frame rate means that the application appears jumpy and can make games applications unsatisfactory for the end user. Various optimization practices can improve applications, which in turn makes using the application a better, smoother experience. The following examples are of various types of optimizations:

  • Increase the frame rate
  • Make content more detailed
  • Reduce power consumption
  • Use less memory bandwidth
  • Use fewer clock cycles per frame
  • Reduce memory footprint
  • Reduce download size

The following resources can help you optimize an Arm Mali GPU:

Arm Mobile Studio

Download the free-to-use tool suite for optimizing high-end content for Arm-based Android devices, including on 64-bit and multiprocessor. It brings easy set-up and clear performance analysis across both CPU and GPU, eliminating bottlenecks relating to your system and graphics.

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Graphics Development Tools

A range of development tools to help with the deployment of graphics applications and content on Mali GPU-based systems. The tools generally work on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, and will work with any Arm Mali GPU-based system running Linux or Android.

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Developer guides and learning resources

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  • Arm Mali developer guides

    View the complete selection of developer guides including the introductory guides to the Arm Mali GPU, guides for artists, and more advanced guides. These include the Arm Guide for Unity developers, OpenGL ES 3.0 and 3.1, OpenCL and Renderscript best practices.

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  • Arm Mali best practices guide

    The Mali GPU Best Practices is a guide that is designed as a quick reference for development on Mali GPUs. It assumes that the reader is familiar with using the underlying APIs. This guide is also the main reference for the Vulkan best practices for mobile developers on GitHub.

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  • Artist best practices

    A collection of guides specifically for mobile game artists looking to optimize a game during production. Along with best practice, there are suggestions when working with both Unity and Unreal Engine.

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  • Vulkan best practices repository

    A collection of resources that are donated by Khronos members specifically for mobile game developers looking to build on their Vulkan knowledge. Including downloads and tutorials to get your started.

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  • Virtual reality best practices

    Arm Mali GPUs enable untethered, high-quality mobile VR. Learn the best way to develop for VR-specific applications on Mali, with tips on both Unity and Unreal Engine.

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  • Working on Unity?

    Arm and unity have a partnership dating back to the beginning of mobile gaming. Check out all the resources for developing a game on unity based on an Arm platform.

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Other resources

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  • Arm Mali SDKs

    Arm Mali software Development Kits are a collection of resources to help you build OpenGL ES, Vulkan, and Compute applications for Mali-based platforms.

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  • Development platforms

    Recommended development platforms that you can use when building, optimizing or testing your development on Mali-based platforms.

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