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Uses new Rust 2021

new 0.1.0 Nov 19, 2022

#558 in Development tools

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Apache-2.0 and AGPL-3.0



An opinionated ECS framework.

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Design goals (i.e. opinions)

Leverage type checker

The design goal of dynec is to leverage compile-time type checking to reveal as many bugs as possible without requiring tests. Therefore, compile-time-only type parameters are extensively used throughout the project.

Maximize cache locality

dynec attempts to maximize cache locality by providing the ability to permute the order of entities on demand, allowing the user to sort nearby entities together.

Features (or anti-features)

Explicit static archetypes.

  • The archetype of an entity is fixed at the time of creation.
  • Entities cannot change archetypes.
    • Components can be optional or required/auto-init.
    • Required/auto-init components always exist for an entity of that archetype, so no need to [Option::unwrap] all the time.
  • Entities of different archetypes are stored separately.
    • Yes, only components of the same type and the same archetype are stored together.
    • This improves cache locality since components for the same archetype are more likely to be processed together.
  • Entity references are typed by archetype.
    • This allows ensuring at compile time that an entity always has a certain component. Elides runtime checks once again.

Safe deletion

  • Entity deletion is deferred until all "finalizer" components are removed, similar to .metadata.finalizers in Kubernetes.
  • When debug assertions are enabled, entity deletion panics if it is still referenced from other entities.
    • Dangling entity references are detected as soon as possible.
    • This is implemented by conditionally storing an Arc<()> in debug mode.

Isotope components

  • Motivation: sometimes we want a finite, small but dynamic number of components of the same type for the same entity.
  • This is typically implemented with Vec<T>/SmallVec<[T; N]>,
    • But it is difficult to determine N at compile time.
    • All T are closely packed together, but perhaps we want to pack Ts of the same index together instead for better cache locality.
  • Isotope components are treated as components with the type (TypeId::of::<T>(), discriminant)
  • The discriminant is a small number similar to what you would use in a SmallVec<[T; N]>.
  • Expected use case: Each discriminant is a relatively independent system where components with that discriminant interact closely.

Entity rearrangement

  • Motivation: entities may have mostly static locations in the game world, so it is useful to sort all entities by location to improve cache locality when nearby entities interact.
  • Provides a permutation API to rearrange entities of a certain archetype.
  • Entity references are updated immediately after rearrangement.
    • This requires all state and component types to implement a trait that iterates over all entity references.
    • If this was implemented incorrectly, it results in a panic in debug mode through refcounting.
  • Rearrangement is a stop-the-world operation that happens between ticks, so perform sparingly.
  • It is not useful for entities that rearrange frequently, e.g. players that travel around frequently.
  • It is useful for entities that are mostly stationary, e.g. buildings that cannot move.


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