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

Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Is Much Faster With Mesa 9.2

Mesa

Published on 10 July 2013 12:28 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
17 Comments

This morning I posted new Radeon Gallium3D - Mesa 9.1 vs. Mesa 9.2 benchmarks, which showed the upcoming Mesa release performing nicely for AMD APU graphics. However, what is the performance like the software-based LLVMpipe driver that is commonly being used in fallback situations where there is no GPU hardware driver available? It's generally a lot faster now for handling OpenGL.

The performance of Gallium3D's LLVMpipe driver has generally been quite limited since OpenGL after all is meant for running on GPUs and not CPUs, but up until more Linux desktops have become expecting OpenGL support, it was mostly used as a tool for having a vendor-neutral code-path for debugging Mesa/Gallium3D issues. More recently, the LLVMpipe driver has been seeing more improvements along with the more general areas of Gallium3D, and as well the upstream LLVM project that this software driver relies upon for taking advantage of modern CPU instruction set extensions and other modern capabilities.

When running some Mesa 9.1.4 Git vs. Mesa 9.2 Git (master) benchmarks yesterday of LLVMpipe from an Intel Core i7 3960X "Sandy Bridge" EE system running Ubuntu Linux and having LLVM 3.3, I was quite impressed with the performance improvements.

All of the results in full and the hardware/software information can be found in the OpenBenchmarking.org 1307103-SO-LLVMPIPEM53 result file, embedded below is just a teaser.


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. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
  2. EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes
  3. Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support
  4. NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged
  5. KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput
  6. Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification
  7. Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility
  8. Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet
  9. Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11
  10. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  3. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  4. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  5. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees
  6. Open-Source AMD Fusion E-350 Support Takes A Dive
  7. Upgrade to Kaveri, very slow VDPAU performance
  8. ChromeOS Drops Support For EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 File-Systems