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

Features To Be Found In Mesa 10.0

Mesa

Published on 26 October 2013 10:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
7 Comments

Mesa 10.0 will hopefully be released by the end of November and with it will come plenty of new features and improvements to the open-source Linux graphics drivers.

While Mesa has traditionally been on a six-month release cycle, Mesa 10.0 will be the first under the new three-month cycle strategy for pushing out driver updates faster to Linux desktop users.

As the Mesa 10.0 release is branched and the final release comes in sight, there will be plenty more coverage on Phoronix, but already some highlights for this Mesa 9.2 successor include:

- OpenGL 3.2 support and OpenGL 3.3 support. In Mesa 9.2 there's just OpenGL 3.1 compliance but this next Mesa release will bring support for both the 3.2 and 3.3 Khronos specifications in core Mesa. Right now, however, the only Mesa driver taking full advantage of this support is the Intel DRI driver and for Ivy Bridge / Haswell hardware you can have OpenGL 3.3 open-source compliance right now.

- Support for some OpenGL 4.x extensions, but OpenGL 4.0 compliance is still a long ways off.

- Haiku OS support improvements.

- There's plenty of performance improvements to be found... Too many to list individually. For at least some workloads, you should be able to find performance improvements for Nouveau, Intel, R600 Radeon, and the RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers. Numerous Phoronix articles have already highlighted performance changes, but more will be on the way as the release is closer where we can have a more solid look at the performance changes.

- OpenCL ICD support for the Clover state tracker, among other OpenCL/GPGPU compute improvements.

- Many bug-fixes and dozens/hundreds of smaller improvements. The RadeonSI (HD 7000 series and newer) driver has also improved a lot.

There's also a lot yet-to-be-merged work like the OpenMAX state tracker or even the Mir display driver support.

Stay tuned for more Mesa 10.0 articles in the coming weeks.

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. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  2. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  3. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
  4. Apotop Wi-Copy
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. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
  2. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
  3. EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes
  4. Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support
  5. NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged
  6. KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput
  7. Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification
  8. Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility
  9. Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet
  10. Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  3. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  4. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  5. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  6. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees
  7. Open-Source AMD Fusion E-350 Support Takes A Dive
  8. Upgrade to Kaveri, very slow VDPAU performance