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Nouveau Gets Support For VRAM Compression

Nouveau

Published on 28 March 2013 09:53 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau
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Christoph Bumiller published a set of new Linux kernel DRM driver patches for Nouveau, which includes support for VRAM compression.

The independent Nouveau contributor, Christoph Bumiller, posted a set of four patches to the Nouveau mailing list. The first patch introduces support for VRAM compression within the "NVC0" driver component, which supports the "Fermi" and "Kepler" NVIDIA graphics hardware. This VRAM compression is only applicable to graphics cards with dedicated video memory.

Christoph's Nouveau DRM driver work also takes care of some other support improvements for NVC0/NVE0 and ultimately he provides a patch that bumps the DRM driver version to 1.1.1 as a result of the improvements.

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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 .
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