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Power Management Patches For Nouveau, Finally

Nouveau

Published on 15 September 2010 08:52 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau
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While the Nouveau kernel mode-setting / DRM driver has been living in the mainline Linux kernel for nearly one year and the open-source developers working on this reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver have a working Gallium3D driver (we have updated Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks coming out during Oktoberfest), their support for NVIDIA power management has always been a struggle. The Nouveau power management situation though just received a big boost, that will hopefully lead to finally allowing your NVIDIA GPU with this open-source driver to run cooler and pull less power.

Martin Peres is a French developer now working on the Nouveau driver and in particular has been focusing on developing the power management architecture based upon the reverse-engineering work of other Nouveau developers. This morning before leaving for XDS in Toulouse he announced his Nouveau power management work that includes support for parsing the NVIDIA BIOS for the necessary power management bits (with the NV40 to NV96 ASICs) and then voltage and clock settings for the NVIDIA graphics cards.

While this is a great milestone, this Nouveau power management support isn't yet endorsed for end-users and is not yet ready to be merged. Besides the clock and voltage adjustments needing to be tested on more GeForce/Quadro graphics cards, support for adjusting the memory timings still needs to be done but is currently being reverse-engineered from NVIDIA's binary driver by another developer, and then support for implementing fan control support.

Details on this Nouveau power management patch and how to test it out can be found on the Nouveau mailing list. This code can also be pulled via Git from PathScale's power management Nouveau tree. PathScale previously offered up free NVIDIA Fermi graphics cards to those open-source developers looking forward to working on supporting the new GeForce 400 series graphics cards.

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