Rob Clark of Texas Instruments talked more at length today during XDC2012 about the atomic mode-setting / nuclear page-flipping plans.
This work revolves around the atomic patches that were published earlier this month. As said earlier, the introduced "drm_flip" mechanism for this work allows for robust page-flipping support and to synchronize flips on multiple hardware scan-out engines. With these patches, the drm_flip for atomic page-flipping is just implemented for the Intel DRM driver but not any of the other DRM kernel drivers. The work has been in an active development state for several months.