Posted by Andrew on 30 December 2014 07:25 PM
Test results demonstrate that SciChart’s Direct3D10RenderSurface, available in the SciChart Enterprise and SDK Editions, is up to 18x faster than software rendering, and median speed increase is 4x faster than software. In a variety of test results and chart types SciChart’s DirectX Renderer plugin excelled in performance vs. software!
// Measuring WPF Chart Performance
WPF Chart Performance is really important to us at SciChart. We strive to have the best, and the fastest WPF Chart components in the world, but how do we demonstrate what we’ve achieved vs. our competitors to would-be customers?
We’ve created an application which measures our WPF Chart Performance in a number of scenarios, such as line, scatter, scrolling-line and many-series scenarios. The tests are designed to really stress the chart control and find it’s limits.
There there are several factors which influence overall performance of a WPF Chart Control. Such as:
These are reflected in the test cases and show stress on different areas of the renderer.
// The Test Setup
Test Setup Configuration
As you may know, SciChart ships with several RenderSurface plugins including the HighSpeedRenderSurface, HighQualityRenderSurface, and now, the Direct3D10RenderSurface, a DirectX10/11 harware-accelerated RenderSurface implementation.
We’ve tested the latest release of SciChart: v4, and compared the three renderer plugins across a number of different scenarios in order to highlight the difference in performance of the SciChart RenderSurface implementations.
What Tests are Run
A number of tests are run in our WPF Chart Performance Comparison app which stress different areas of the renderer. These tests are designed to really stress the chart, by having huge numbers of series, or points, or many updates per second.
A certain test is run, and FPS, or refresh rate, is measured via the SciChartSurface.Rendered event, which fires once after each drawing pass completes.
The test cases are as follows:
Test 1: NxM Series Test
N series of M points are appended to an XyDataSeries, then the chart redraws (the same data) as fast as possible for 20 seconds per test. FPS is measured using the time elapsed between subsequent SciChartSurface.Rendered events.
Areas Stressed: Iterating Data Series, Coordinate Transformation and Drawing.
NOTE: Resampling is not applicable for short data-series (below a few thousand points) so this tests iterating over many data-series, coordinate transformation as well as raw drawing speed.
Test 2: Scatter Series Test
N Scatter points are appended to a XyDataSeries, then the chart redraws. Immediately after, the points are updated in a Brownian motion fashion and the chart is drawn again. The FPS is measured using the time elapsed between subsequent SciChartSurface.Rendered events.
Areas Stressed: Coordinate Transformation, Geometry Generation (Ellipse) and Drawing.
NOTE: Resampling is not applicable for Scatter Series as our standard resampling algorithms do not work with scatter data, so this test effectively tests the geometry generation and drawing speed.
Test 3: FIFO Series Test
N points are appended to a FIFO (circular buffer) series, then a single point is appended (and one dropped), which triggers a redraw of the chart. The FPS is measured using the time elapsed between subsequent SciChartSurface.Rendered events.
Areas Stressed: Copying Circular Buffers (FIFO Series), Resampling and Drawing.
NOTE: Because the data is random (0-1) lots of pixels are drawn. A heavier emphasis on drawing occurs in this test than resampling, although at higher point counts resampling starts to kick in
Test 4: Append Data Test
N/3 points are appended to 3 DataSeries, then M points are appended between each draw of the chart. The data is random-walk but we vary noise to create more, or less noisy waves. This has the effect of stressing drawing more (when more noisy) vs. resampling more (when less noisy).
Areas stressed: Appending Data, Resampling, Auto-Ranging and Drawing.
NOTE: As the noise factor is increased, more pixels must be drawn, which stresses the rendering (drawing) more. For lower noise, resampling is the dominant influence on performance.
Test Setup Hardware
For SciChart’s WPF Chart, the CPU and RAM speed are the biggest influencers on overall performance. For the DirectX Renderer the GPU becomes more significant. Please note, that we get decent numbers on a dual-core laptop. You don’t need a powerful machine to get good results, but it helps (especially for DirectX).
// Test Results
We’ve included the test results below:
In Table Form
In Chart Form
No WPF Charting Performance Test could be complete without some results in charting form! So, we’ve included the above results as a set of bar charts