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Assorted Rants Tagged ‘multiplayer’, page 2:

War on Clones, Part I. IP-based (non-)Identification. Identifying PCs and Macs

Quote: “NEVER EVER use IPv4 for long-term bans”
Another Quote: “If using MAC addresses to identify devices, you SHOULD gather stats on repeating MAC addresses within your DB”

Random Number Generation

Quote: “even if your RNG is statistically perfect, people will still complain 🙁 “
Another Quote: “On modern x86 CPUs, single core can generate 150M+ random bytes/second this way (and this is a Damn Lot).”

Implementing Queues for Event-Driven Programs

Quote: “full queues SHOULD NOT happen during normal operation”
Another Quote: “With queues-implemented-over-mutexes like the ones we’ve written above, the most annoying thing performance-wise is that there is a chance that the OS’s scheduler can force the preemptive context switch right when the thread-being-preempted-is-owning-our-mutex.”

C++ for Games: Performance. Allocations and Data Locality

Abstract: “Allocations and related lack of spatial locality can be DAMN EXPENSIVE”
Quote: “During the times of Ancient Gamers (also known as times of Atari, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore64), CPUs were running at clock speed of a single-MHz (and one operation usually took several clocks). At the same time, memory run at about the speed comparable to that of CPUs.”

Marshalling and Encodings

Quote: “Encoded data size is especially important for Client-Server communications, and less important (within reason) for Server-to-Server ones and for locally-stored format.”
Another Quote: “On the other hand, due to being optimized for CPU operation, Flatbuffers are NOT optimized space-wise; even compared to not-so-optimal-space-wise Google Protocol Buffers, Flatbuffers can lose additional 1.5x in size”

Network Programming: Socket Peculiarities, Threads, and Testing

Quote: “I am not saying that this architecture is the only viable one, but it does work for TCP for sure (and performs reasonably well too)”
Another Quote: “The whole task of optimizing performance beyond, say, 20-50K packets/second per box tends to be Quite Elaborated, and involves quite a few things which are platform- and hardware-dependent.”