1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Multi-GPU, Remote Wayland Might Be Summer Work

Google

Published on 16 March 2012 01:11 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
Comment On This Article

There's a chance we might see multi-GPU and remote support heading to Weston / Wayland this summer.

It's getting into the season of Google Summer of Code and the first student has approached the X.Org / Wayland developers about some summer work.

Николай Антонов, or more easily as Nikolay Antonov, has approached the Wayland team about a few ideas he has for working on this summer. The Russian student expressed interest in multi-GPU support, remote Wayland, and possibly back-light control.

As far as the multi-GPU work, Antonov has to say, "I think to do gpu hot-switch will be very difficult, but it's possible to implement running applications on another gpu (I hope)." In terms of remote Wayland, "absence of such feature is one of the most criticised/controversial disadvantage of wayland."

The student approached the developers this morning on the mailing list. The multi-GPU support for Wayland might be very ambitious in its own right for a student to complete over the course of one summer without any previous Wayland/DRM driver experience. At least though it's not as ambitious as writing an OpenGL 4.1 state tracker in one summer, which was proposed last year and ultimately rejected by developers.

Last year there was also a project to provide remote Wayland support, but it wasn't successfully completed.

The student still needs to apply and be approved, but let's hope there's some exciting improvements to Wayland (and Mesa/Gallium3D) this summer via students participating in Google Summer of Code. For now you can read about the GSoC 2011 accomplishments.

Other potential GSoC ideas are expressed on this X.Org Wiki page, which range from working with Nouveau developers to understand and implement NVIDIA's hardware-monitoring engine (PCOUNTER) to working on the R600g LLVM compiler back-end to improving Nouveau GPU recovery to improving the Gallium3D Xorg state tracker.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
  2. Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded
  3. AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux
  4. Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9
  2. Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
  3. Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17
  4. CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16
Latest Linux News
  1. Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming
  2. GNOME 3.14 Beta Released
  3. Mesa 10.3 Branched & RC1 Released, Mesa 10.4 On Master
  4. Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics
  5. LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next
  6. Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
  7. EFL 1.11 Is A Big Milestone For Enlightenment Users
  8. DirectFB Updates GTK3 Support, Working Towards DirectFB 1.8
  9. Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18
  10. NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
  2. Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
  3. OSS radeon driver for A10-7850K (Kaveri)
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations
  6. ATI CrossFire Does Not Support On This Platform When Enabling (Ubuntu Lucid)
  7. Dead Island for Linux (?)
  8. The dangers of Linux kernel development