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

New Intel Driver Takes SNA Accel Mainstream

Intel

Published on 15 July 2012 06:47 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
10 Comments

Chris Wilson released the xf86-video-intel 2.20 driver on Sunday, which brings SNA acceleration to the masses.

The Intel SNA acceleration architecture significantly improves the X.Org driver's performance over the UXA acceleration method that's the default. SNA has been in development since last year with much of the development being done by Chris Wilson of Intel OTC. SNA stands for Sandy Bridge New Acceleration, but it benefits all generations of Intel graphics hardware. SNA has worked out extremely well in recent months with all bugs appearing to have been squashed.

With the xf86-video-intel 2.20 release, SNA isn't the default, but now it's compiled into the driver without needing to build the driver separate while passing the --enable-sna switch. SNA can easily be enabled by just setting the AccelMethod within the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to SNA.

The xf86-video-intel 2.20 driver release alone brings 456 changes from Chris Wilson, most of them relating to SNA acceleration.

Aside from the SNA loving, xf86-video-intel 2.20 brings UXA acceleration bug-fixes and X.Org Server API compatibility improvements for X.Org Server 1.13.

The release announcement for xf86-video-intel 2.20 can be read on the Xorg mailing list.

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 Articles & Reviews
  1. Intel Broadwell: GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 Compiler Benchmarks
  2. Ubuntu vs. Fedora Linux On Lenovo's X1 Carbon With Core i7 Broadwell
  3. Ubuntu 15.04 Is The Easy Path To Better Performance On Intel Broadwell
  4. NVIDIA's Latest Maxwell Line-Up Against AMD With Catalyst On Linux
  5. Preliminary Tests Of Intel Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge vs. Broadwell
  6. AMD FX-8320E Performance On Linux
Latest Linux News
  1. Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD
  2. Virtual GEM To Increase Mesa's Software Rasterizer Performance
  3. Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt
  4. Wayland/Weston 1.7 Release Candidate
  5. Bugzilla 5.0 Is Coming Soon With New Features
  6. Linux Benchmarking... Even Faster & A Very Interesting February
  7. Does VirtualBox VM Have Much A Future Left?
  8. HAMMER2 File-System Is Still Slowly Coming Together
  9. The Better Looking Window Decorations For GNOME 3.16
  10. Libinput 0.9 Adds Support For Hovering Fingers On Touchpads
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. PlayStation 4 System Compiler Support Landing In LLVM
  2. LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features
  3. Linux "GHOST" Vulnerability Hits Glibc Systems
  4. Broadwell Linux Ultrabook Running MUCH Cooler Than Haswell
  5. LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released
  6. Linux Users Upset By Chromium's Busted HiDPI Support
  7. Vivaldi: A New Chromium-Powered, Multi-Platform Browser
  8. LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Better OOXML Support, UI Improvements