[fdo-internals] RFC 65 Implement Resampling for GDAL Provider

Trevor Wekel trevor_wekel at otxsystems.com
Sun Oct 21 19:55:52 PDT 2012

Hi Frank,

I have attached an updated patch to RFC 65 with the CPLPrintPointer modification and compile fixes [Makefile.am updates] for Linux.  The code compiles and the FDO unit tests are clean on VC10 32bit Windows, VC10 64bit Windows, and 32bit CentOS 5.

I was also able to verify the functionality visually in MapGuide on all three platforms.  No code changes are required for MapGuide.  Just add the following parameter to the feature source XML document:


If everyone is ok with the RFC "as is", can we get it approved?  I can check the code in the next day or so.


From: fdo-internals-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:fdo-internals-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Frank Warmerdam
Sent: October 12, 2012 5:30 PM
To: FDO Internals Mail List
Subject: Re: [fdo-internals] RFC 65 Implement Resampling for GDAL Provider

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM, Trevor Wekel <trevor_wekel at otxsystems.com<mailto:trevor_wekel at otxsystems.com>> wrote:
Hi Frank,

I was not aware of VRTWarpedDataset so did not consider it initially.

So I took a quick look at vrtwarped.cpp.  I have a question.  In vrtwarped.cpp, the ProcessBlock() seems to cache the results of the warp operation (GDALCopyWords around line 1174) into each raster band.  Does this mean that all blocks will end up being cached?


Yes, VRTWarpedDataset will always push produced tiles into the GDAL block cache.  Note that most drivers go through the block cache too.

For FDO, we basically call a ReadNext() to suck the contents of the tile into a buffer supplied by the caller.  The ReadNext() drives the calls to _getTile().  As far as I can tell, our access pattern is linear and we only access each tile once.  If we switch to using VRTWarpedDataset, will we have to call ProcessBlock() for each tile?  Will this end up caching all the blocks as we do the linear read?

 In a web context, the ideal would be a long lived server which keeps around the VRTWarpedDataset for subsequent use.  I not sure how practical that is in the FDO/MapGuide use case.   In this situation caching the blocks can help subsequent views but there might be better other layers at which to do that.

As an alternative to using VRTWarpedDataset, would it be ok to instantiate a GDALWarpOperation as a member of the FdoRfpStreamReaderByTileResample?  Pseudo code would be something like this:

m_warpOp = new GDALWarpOperation();

warpOptions = GDALCreateWarpOptions();
// populate warp options

This may improve the speed of the _getTile() call if a) Initialize() can be called more than once and b) the new GDALWarpOperation() does a lot of setup work

It is more likely to be the Iniitalize() that is expensive and reinitialzing an existing WarpOperation is not a well trod path and likely to lead to pain.  I advise against it.  In retrospect, sticking with your existing approach is likely ok but you might want to get a sense of how much time is spent in the setup code vs. the actual warping.   Larger tiles will help.

Best regards,

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