Intel X.Org Driver Explodes Thanks To Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson is now in effective control of the xf86-video-intel open-source graphics driver with being responsible for nearly all of its development activity. Plus there's some other interesting statistics to share.
After providing recent GitStats on Wayland, the X.Org Server, and Mesa, it's time to begin providing some new numbers on the prominent DDX graphics drivers for X.Org. First up is Intel.
The Intel driver in its mainline Git repository is now up to 500 files that amount to 204,355 lines of code. There's been 5,531 commits since November of 2003 and contributions made from 135 developers.
SNA pet project.
Chris Wilson has led in the number of xf86-video-intel commits every month since May of 2010.
Nearly all of Chris Wilson's work since last year to xf86-video-intel has been about working on his Sandy Bridge New Acceleration architecture for accelerating 2D. The SNA 2D acceleration architecture works for all supported generations of Intel graphics, contrary to its name. SNA generally performs extremely well and superior to that of UXA, the standard Intel means of Intel 2D acceleration. SNA isn't yet the default within the xf86-video-intel driver, but with the most recent driver release it can now be easily enabled at run-time. But as you can see from this Git activity, making the Intel SNA acceleration so speedy didn't come without a substantial amount of work.
Aside from Chris advancing SNA, there really isn't much going on in the xf86-video-intel world with most of the interesting work being within their DRM/KMS driver or the contributions that Intel is making to Wayland/Weston and Mesa.
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