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Your First Offload Block

Offload KB - getting-started

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Please note that this is a old document archive and the will most likely be out-dated or superseded by various other products and is purely here for historical purposes.

Regardless of how you decided to install Offload™, the first offload block that is attempted is a good sanity test for your installation.

Whether you decide to jump right in and integrate Offload™ with your current project, or you would rather create a project from scratch, it is advisable to start small and ensure the installation is working as is expected!

The first step is to create an C++ file, which will be compiled with Offload™. Once you have the given C++ file created, the next step is to set it to use Offload™. When using the Visual Studio 2008 integration, you can right-click on the desired file and select 'Activate Offload', or you could use a custom build step as either a Visual Studio custom build step, or within a makefile.

Create a function within your file:

void offloadTestBlock()
		printf("Hello world from the SPU!");

By creating a corresponding header file to expose the function elsewhere in your code, or simply by using an extern offloadTestBlock();, you can link the offloaded function with your normal game code.When using Visual Studio 2008 Integration, compiling the file as is normal will suffice to build the example.

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Now compiling this example will create a blocking SPU job which simply prints 'Hello world!' to the console.