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

OpenGL ES 3.0 Will Be Here This Summer

Mesa

Published on 27 May 2012 02:12 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
33 Comments

While OpenGL ES 3.0 has been speculated about for months, the specification will be formally released by the Khronos Group this summer.

OpenGL ES 3.0 "Haiti" basically brings OpenGL 3.2 -- and some elements of GL4 -- to the mobile space. OpenGL ES 3.0 has been in development for years and is the successor to the five-year-old OpenGL ES 2.0. In turn, WebGL 2.0 will be based upon OpenGL ES 3.0. Due to WebGL and other initiatives, OpenGL ES has also worked its way onto the Linux and Windows desktops as well. OpenGL ES 2.0 is showing its age these days with the exploding number of mobile devices and this embedded API being derived from the OpenGL 2.0 era.

The OpenGL ES 3.0 specification is most likely to be released by the Khronos Group next month during the E3 gaming conference or in early August during SIGGRAPGH 2012 -- the specification is effectively done at this point already and the preliminary documents in the hands of vendors. OpenGL 4.3 will also most likely be released on the same day since OpenGL 4.2 is nearly one year old and it's been the Khronos trend to release multiple specifications at the same time.

While the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers will likely introduce OpenGL ES 3.0 support right away (it should not be an issue for any GL4-capable desktop graphics card), the open-source driver support will sadly take a while. Among the mobile GPUs capable of doing OpenGL ES 3.0 will be the Mali T600 series and the forthcoming NVIDIA Tegra 4. With OpenGL ES 3.0 being based upon OpenGL 3.2+ functionality, it will be a while before the support is there in Mesa/Gallium3D. OpenGL 3.1 isn't even likely until next year in Mesa. Hopefully a need for OpenGL ES 3.0 on Linux in the mobile space will lead to greater overall work on GL/GLES enablement, but that remains to be seen. Based upon the current timing and trends, OpenGL ES 3.0 isn't likely to appear in Mesa/Gallium3D until H2'2013 or early 2014, but let's hope that changes.

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. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  2. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  3. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
  4. 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
Latest Linux News
  1. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  2. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  3. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  4. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  5. Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs
  6. Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel
  7. GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars
  8. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
  9. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
  10. EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  3. xbox one tv tuner
  4. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  5. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  8. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees