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Mesa Gallium3D Pipe-Video Has Landed

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Published on 13 July 2011 05:45 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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As expected, Christian König has pushed the Gallium3D pipe-video work into the mainline Mesa repository, which will be one of the big features to be introduced in Mesa 7.12/8.0 release, not the forthcoming Mesa 7.11.

See Gallium3D Pipe-Video To Be Merged To Mesa Master for the Phoronix explanation what the pipe-video branch is all about, but it basically comes down to bringing video playback acceleration into the Gallium3D GPU driver world. There's already XvMC working on the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver, early work on a VDPAU support, and much more.

The merge happened this afternoon in this commit where it's now living in master.

Merging this branch affects the Xorg, VA, and VDPAU state trackers. VA targets are added for the R300 and R600 targets along with VDPAU and XVMC targets for these two ATI/AMD Radeon drivers too. Bringing in pipe-video adds around 19,000 lines of code to Mesa. The Radeon video acceleration is done using shaders and not the UVD/UVD2 (Unified Video Decoder) engines found on modern Radeon hardware, since that has yet to be publicly documented.

Prost to König and others involved with this large video undertaking for Gallium3D!

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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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