With VIA Technologies delivering on their promises
by finally releasing 2D/3D documentation
and driver code
, and Tungsten Graphics
creating a new VIA 3D stack
for a client, there has been a lot to report on in the VIA Linux scene. Tungsten Graphics and VIA are both interested in creating a Gallium3D driver for the Chrome 9 series
, Tungsten already created a feature-rich DRM and Mesa driver
, and there is a lot of other work going on too. What's new this week is a build-able TTM-based OpenChrome driver
Thomas Hellström, the same TG employee working on the VIA 3D code, has announced that his branch of the OpenChrome driver now implements the TTM (Translation Table Maps) memory manager. TTM
was set to become the de facto standard for in-kernel GPU memory management until Intel had conceived the Graphics Execution Manager
(a.k.a. GEM). This open-source VIA driver using the TTM memory manager will run, but XvMC
(when using the latest X Server 1.6
bits) acceleration are both lacking.
Using this driver requires checking out the branch of DRM and libdrm that provides the new TTM management support. For more information on what's needed if you want to check out this TTM-based driver, follow this thread
on the OpenChrome mailing list. Unlike the open-source ATI and NVIDIA driver implementations that are using a GEM-ified TTM manager
whereby TTM is used internally to manage the memory but externally it implements the GEM API, this isn't the case with VIA. However, Tungsten Graphics is the company that developed TTM, which is why they may be a bit hesitant to play with GEM.