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Rust For Unity

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James Lee
• Thursday, 05 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Rust is a safe and fast low-level language and recently I got enthusiastic about it. Getting started I assume that you already know a little how to work with Rust and Cargo, so I will not speak about how to install the compiler and its environment.

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I want start simple: just a function to generate a random int between 0 and 100. If you are on macOS, you must change the extension of the compiled library from.Dylan to.bundle before putting it in the Plugins folder.

Then I create the C# interop code (you can put this .cs file wherever you prefer in the Unity Project): I used Import to inform the compiler about the name of the assembly that contains the following symbol.

I wrapped the imported function in a public GetRandomInt that matches the C# naming convention. I used Methodical to suggest an aggressive inclining, since the function is just a wrapper.

I create a simple MonoBehaviour to display the random generated int: Attach this component to a game object and hit the “Play” button.

Instantiating a Threading every time I want a random number is not efficient. The interesting part here is the use of std::me::transmute (you can find additional info about it here), that basically works like memory in C.

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Create_random_generator creates a RandomGenerator instance, box it on the heap, then transmutes it to a *but. Destroy_random_generator accepts the mutable pointer to a RandomGenerator instance, transmutes it back to the boxed RandomGenerator instance and lets Rust reallocate it when it goes out of scope.

The only thing worth point out is the use of Inter to represent a native pointer and the StructLayout(LayoutKind. Sequential) attribute to make the sequential memory layout of that struct explicit. I don’t know if it will be useful for anything I will do in the future, but it should be enough to fully interoperate from Unity /C# into Rust.

Rust is a safe and fast low-level language and recently I got enthusiastic about it. Today I will try to call from Unity3D and C# some functions written in Rust.

Getting started I assume that you already know a bit how to work with Rust and Cargo, so I will not speak about how to install the compiler and its environment. I want start simple: just a function to generate a random int between 0 and 100.

I used Import to inform the compiler about the name of the assembly that contains the following symbol. I wrapped the imported function in a public GetRandomInt that matches the C# naming convention.

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Attach this component to a game object and hit the “Play” button. Instantiating a Threading every time I want a random number is not efficient.

The interesting part here is the use of std::me::transmute (you can find additional info about it here), that basically works like memory in C. Create_random_generator creates a RandomGenerator instance, box it on the heap, then transmutes it to a *but.

Destroy_random_generator accepts the mutable pointer to a RandomGenerator instance, transmutes it back to the boxed RandomGenerator instance and lets Rust reallocate it when it goes out of scope. The only thing worth point out is the use of Inter to represent a native pointer and the StructLayout(LayoutKind. Sequential) attribute to make the sequential memory layout of that struct explicit.

I don't know if it will be useful for anything I will do in the future, but it should be enough to fully interoperate from Unity /C# into Rust. Simple painting tools to easily edit map features.

Paint terrain based on height and slopes. Hi, I couldn't find any info on Unity forums, so please forgive me if this was posted before.

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It's developed by the same guy who created Garry's Mod and is made with Unity engine! I was personally blown away what they've already achieved in early alpha, really fun to play.

Looks like Unity can handle big worlds with 50+ players connected, not sure how hard was to achieve this though. By the way, I'm in no way associated or know Garry Newman or his team (wouldn't mind to though, looks like a talented bunch).

There are hundreds of servers running this game already, some of them has 50-100 players connected at any time. I thought it would be interesting from technical point of view what they have achieved.

By the way game runs amazingly well for an early alpha (and is really fun to play). To be fair they are not actively advertising game, they also limit number of alpha keys they sell.

Website is only for current updates from developers (which is interesting to read sometimes e.g. Unity 4.3 broke this and that), plus forum and link to a Dutch style auction for keys. Technically everything show is pretty straight forward and not really on the edge.

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I would say it is an impressive example of what is possible by a creative and driven developer leveraging Unity. Technically everything show is pretty straight forward and not really on the edge.

(including networking stuff as well) I have >20 years of coding experience, but not in gaming. Graphics are almost all client side, number of players has to do with net code and the server.

Plus, there's the compounding factors of being on Steam and being from the Garry's Mod guy. Plus, there's the compounding factors of being on Steam and being from the Garry's Mod guy.

It was unprecedentedly high, anyhow) PayPal suspended the account to perform fraud checks because the whole thing was so out of the ordinary. This caused the Internet to scream rather a lot, which is how I heard about it (and is quite possibly a huge factor in how it got so popular, as I'm sure that amounted to a bucket load of additional advertising).

Graphics are almost all client side, number of players has to do with net code and the server. The much more interesting and valuable question is how much quickly could they do in Unity vs. another solution.

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I've paid $20 and already spent ~15 hours on it, while AAA game BF4 sits on desktop almost unplaced. Haha, I hear that... BF4 is currently sitting in my collection of games I've hardly played, but that's because I'm spamming GTA v online ATM.

Unity's development tools and engine are far and away the most common way to build applications for VR and AR today. The plugin system allows us to run OS-native modules and connect them directly to components executing in the Unity scripting environment.

Today, we’re releasing a fully-functional prototype of the Servo web browser running inside a Unity plugin. This is an early-stage look into our work, but we know excitement is high for this kind of solution, so we hope you’ll try out this prototype, provide your feedback, and join us in building things with it.

You can work directly with the browser window and controls inside the Unity Editor. Here, we’ve dropped it into the Mozilla mushroom cave (familiar to users of Firefox Reality, by the amazing artist Jasmin Habezai-Fekri), and provided a camera manipulator that allows us to move around the scene and see that it is a 3D view of the browser content.

Servo has high-quality media playback via the Streamer framework, including audio support. Here we’re viewing sample MPEG4 video, running inside a deployed Unity player build.

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Users customize GameObject s by attaching scripts which execute in a C# environment, either using the Mono runtime or the IL2CPP ahead-of-time compiler. User scripts can invoke native code in plugins (which are just OS-native dynamic shared objects) via the C# runtime’s P/Invoke mechanism.

For this first phase of the project, we make use of a simplified C-compatible interface in another Rust library named libsimpleservo2. This library exposes C-callable functions and callback hooks to control the browser and view its output.

Unity ’s scripting environment runs largely single-threaded, except rendering operations which take place on a separate thread on a different cadence. Servo, however, spawns potentially dozens of lightweight threads for a variety of tasks.

We have taken care to marshal returning work items from Servo back to the correct threads in Unity. Currently, it just refreshes every frame, but we are adding an API to the embedding interface to allow finer-grained control.

We’ll be starting with support for viewing 360° video, which we know from our Firefox Reality user base is a prime use case for the browser. Whether it’s a media player, an in-game interface to the open web, browser-as-UI, bringing in specific web experiences, or the myriad of other possibilities, we can’t wait to see some imaginative ways developers will exploit Servo’s power and performance inside Unity -built apps.

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