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Linaro Eyes Up OpenGL ES 3.0, Mesa Improvements

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Published on 12 March 2013 03:18 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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Last week at Linaro Connect Asia 2013, there was a session about OpenGL ES 3.0 and what the Linaro working group can accomplish.

The OpenGL ES 3.0 session at Linaro Connect Asia 2013 was to gather Linaro member requirements for GLES3, discussion the Mesa activity, and review the Piglit regression test framework. The open question asked as a goal is "Within OpenGL ES, WebGL, OpenVG, Renderscript where should [Linaro]
be investing time?"

The GLES3 talk went over the hardware implementations for this latest mobile/embedded OpenGL standard, binary driver implementations, and the aggressive work done by Intel to enable OpenGL ES 3.0 within Mesa.

Intel Ivy Bridge on Linux with Mesa 9.1 and the latest Linux kernel was one of the first products in official compliance with the GLES 3.0 specification as confirmed by the Khronos Group. This update packs a lot of great features for OpenGL ES 3.0.

The presentation also covered Waffle for providing run-time GL and windowing system selection. Piglit, Mesa's OpenGL regression test kit, was also talked about.

While the ARM SoC vendors look unlikely to turn to open-source graphics drivers over their binary blobs, there's talk of them potentially collaborating on Mesa's Piglit for testing. Linaro may invest time/hardware for Piglit OpenGL ES 3 test case runs as well as for Mesa OpenGL ES 3 builds and runs.

More details can be found within the PDF slides of the presentation. Sadly, no other notes are available at this time.

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