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Unusably slow performance on Macbook Pro 13" w/ Touchbar with Gazebo 8

asked 2017-02-09 13:16:16 -0500

jssjr gravatar image

I'm running Gazebo 8 from homebrew in MacOS 10.12.3 on a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) laptop with a 3.3 GHz i7 and 16G RAM. The GPU is Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB.

When I launch gazebo from the command line, both gzserver and gzclient consume 100% cpu and FPS hovers around 2-2.5. Interacting with the GUI is too laggy to be usable even with an empty world. If I scale the display resolution to the lowest possible, I see performance increase to 3.5-4 FPS, but things are still unusably slow.

The homebrew formula is from the osrf/simulation tap. I believe this installation is following best practices. Any insight into why I'm seeing such poor performance would be appreciated. Thanks!

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answered 2017-02-09 14:23:53 -0500

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we have a pull request with changes that should fix the problem. We'll make a new release once it's merged

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I'll go ahead and rebuild from that branch and let you know if it resolves the issue I'm seeing. Thanks for the quick response.

jssjr gravatar imagejssjr ( 2017-02-09 14:33:01 -0500 )edit

@iche033 That PR fixed the performance issues. I'm seeing 35-45 FPS now.

jssjr gravatar imagejssjr ( 2017-02-09 15:21:56 -0500 )edit

great thanks for testing it out!

iche033 gravatar imageiche033 ( 2017-02-09 15:42:25 -0500 )edit

Just got the same problem on same Mac configuration. Gazebo FPS floats around ~2.5. Tried reinstall using brew with instruction from http://gazebosim.org/tutorials?tut=install_on_mac. Was still slow until I used brew install gazebo8 --HEAD.

mockerkate gravatar imagemockerkate ( 2017-03-22 04:08:12 -0500 )edit
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