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PRIME Support Comes To VMware's Virtual GPU Driver

Virtualization

Published on 14 November 2013 11:06 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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VMware's "vmwgfx" virtual GPU graphics driver has received support for PRIME buffer sharing -- the underlying Linux feature that has allowed Optimus-like features.

The vmwgfx PRIME support was done by Thomas Hellstrom at VMware. There isn't some amazing breakthrough with this PRIME implementation in regards to multi-GPU work for guest virtual machines or any new feature like that, but according to Thomas mostly it was done for inter-process sharing of buffers. VMware's DRM driver is now the first virtual device to support importing/exporting DMA-BUF buffers.

More details on this minor milestone for the VMWare virtual GPU driver can be found via the dri-devel list. This patch hasn't been queued up for drm-next going into Linux 3.13.

Overall if you need 3D acceleration within guest virtual machines I continue to recommend using VMware's offerings as your best bet. I use VMware's products daily on my main production system and I have found its 3D support to be much better than VirtualBox or the still-rising Virgil3D.

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