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

Intel Driver Gains Virtual/Remote Output Support

Intel

Published on 31 August 2013 08:21 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
11 Comments

The Intel X.Org driver has gained virtual output support to extend the local desktop with remote outputs. Simply put, this can help NVIDIA Optimus/Bumblebee users on Linux.

Chris Wilson explains this new feature well in the xf86-video-intel driver commit message:
intel-virtual-output utilizes local VirtualHeads to present a contiguous desktop to the local display manager, but maps the drawing on those outputs to the remote display, and provides bidirectional RandR proxy so that you can resize the remote display and configure it within your desktop. The remote display should also send hotplug events back to the local desktop, for reconfiguration on the fly.

Ideally the remote display is a discrete GPU on the same host so that we can use local Shared Memory transport and avoid sending data over the wire (though it will work in that setup). Ideally you would have userptr support to provide zero-copy rendering between the GPUs, or have dma-buf (in which case you would be using PRIME). For remote rendering, no compression is done so this fares worse than VNC.
Those wanting to explore the code can view it on Git. A follow-up commit made it so all outputs are cloned on the remote display. This feature will be present in the next Intel DDX driver release, which given Wilson's release rate for the driver, should mean it will arrive in a released version within a few days time.

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. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  2. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
  4. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
Latest Linux Articles
  1. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  2. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
  3. The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming
  4. 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming
Latest Linux News
  1. Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux
  2. Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support
  3. Canonical Has Yet To Land X.Org Server 1.16 For Ubuntu 14.10
  4. Imagination Launches A MIPS Development Board
  5. Getting Involved With The New Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver
  6. A New AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Unofficially Surfaces
  7. LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)
  8. Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor
  9. Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux
  10. Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
  2. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS
  3. Catalyst 14.201.1008
  4. It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins
  5. Users defect to Linux as OpenBSD removes Lynx from base system
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
  8. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04