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Mesa 10.2 Features Are Quite Exciting

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Published on 26 May 2014 01:04 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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Mesa 10.2 is expected to be released in the next few days and with this three-month update will come many improvements to the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau graphics drivers plus other improvements to core Mesa/Gallium3D, the advancement of the Freedreno Gallium3D driver, and much more.

Among the highlights for the Mesa 10.2 release are:

- Many Freedreno Gallium3D improvements, the open-source reverse-engineered driver for the Qualcomm Adreno SoCs. Among the improvements are XA 2D acceleration support and hooking up a ton of other functionality. While proposed as a pull request by Rob Clark for landing into the 10.2 branch, within Git master is now OpenGL 2.0 support and even OpenGL 2.1.

- The OpenMAX state tracker is available and the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver changes support "VCE" video encoding for the very latest Radeon GPUs when also using a supported (Linux 3.15+) kernel.

- Many Intel Broadwell support improvements for the CPUs that will begin to surface before the end of the year... There's now HiZ support, MSAA anti-aliasing, and numerous other features.

- Initial support for upcoming Intel Cherryview hardware.

- LLVMpipe is finally living in an OpenGL 3.x world.

- AMD Mullins APUs are now supported by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

- GLX_MESA_query_renderer improvements as the GLX extension designed to help Linux game developers. On a faintly-related note, there's now GL_INTEL_performance_query support but only for the Intel driver at this time.

- Intel compute shader support.

- Many RadeonSI Gallium3D driver improvements, such as fast color clears, etc.

- Nouveau gained more GL functionality particularly for the "NV50" and "NVC0" drivers.

- Support for more OpenGL 4.x extensions (even some OpenGL 4.4 extensions) but Mesa 10.2 doesn't have full OpenGL 4.0 compliance. Among the newly-supported extensions are GL_ARB_buffer_storage, GL_ARB_multi_bind, GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects / GL_EXT_separate_shader_objects, GL_ARB_texture_gather in Gallium3D, GL_ARB_texture_view, etc.

Mesa 10.2 Features Are Quite Exciting

Of course, at Phoronix we have already run many performance tests of the Intel / Radeon / Nouveau drivers and much more in our dozens of Mesa 10.2 articles. Coming up next week to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Phoronix is also going to be a 50+ way Linux graphics card comparison using the Mesa/Gallium3D drivers.

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 .
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