The AMD R600 Gallium3D Driver Is Becoming Quite Fit
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 08 June 2011 at 10:43 AM EDT. 38 Comments
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One of the features of the soon-to-be-released Mesa 7.11 is a much more mature ATI/AMD Radeon "R600g" Gallium3D driver. This driver has received much work over the past six months and is becoming quite fit.

In the past six months there's been support for new hardware (e.g. AMD Llano Fusion), initial VDPAU work (though this is in a branch), new OpenGL extension support, and support for various new features and functionality (e.g. instanced drawing, unified vertex buffer management). There's even been R600g performance improvements.

Landing just recently in fact to Mesa Git master for the 7.11 release is quite a lot of summer work to R600g. As various readers have noted, there's been a stream of new activity as of late (R600g Git commits). The work in the recent hours and days include various fixes, performance improvements, and more.

Of course, there's new Phoronix benchmarks being worked on at the moment to show off the latest state of Radeon support for Mesa.
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