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Mesa's Rate Of Git Development Is Slowing

Based upon the latest Git statistics, the rate of Mesa's development commits has been slowing down. There's also some other interesting numbers to share.
25 June 2012 - Sadly - 31 Comments

Radeon Gallium3D LLVM Now Uses VLIW Scheduler

With a commit this afternoon to Mesa, the R600 Gallium3D driver with the LLVM back-end is now using the performance-boosting VLIW scheduler.
21 June 2012 - Mesa Git - 6 Comments

Mesa Does A Bit More Of OpenGL 4

Patches emerged last week for supporting the GL_ARB_base_instance OpenGL extension within Mesa and Gallium3D's Mesa state tracker. This OpenGL extension was only conceived last year and became part of the specification with OpenGL 4.2.
18 June 2012 - GL_ARB_base_instance - 7 Comments

Gallium3D R600 Shader Variant Caching

The latest R600g driver improvement this weekend is for shader variant caching rather than rebuilding the shaders each time.
10 June 2012 - R600g - 42 Comments

Auto-Vectorizing LLVMpipe For Performance Gains

Here's a hint that may allow for some notable performance gains out of the Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver for multi-core systems.
3 June 2012 - It's Possible - 7 Comments

OpenGL ES 3.0 Will Be Here This Summer

While OpenGL ES 3.0 has been speculated about for months, the specification will be formally released by the Khronos Group this summer.
27 May 2012 - New Update - 33 Comments

OpenCL Gallium3D State Tracker Merged Into Mesa

While the OpenCL enablement process for the open-source GPU drivers isn't over yet, there's a big accomplishment today: the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker for Gallium3D has finally been merged to Mesa Git master.
11 May 2012 - FINALLY - 15 Comments

Intel Ivy Bridge - Linux: GL 3.0, Windows: GL 4.0

While the Intel Linux graphics developers have postponed the OpenGL 3.1 support until probably next year, the Intel Windows driver developers have now managed OpenGL 4.0 support, which compliments the OpenCL 1.1 support on Ivy Bridge -- another feature not found at this point in the Intel Linux GPU driver.
6 May 2012 - Failure - 14 Comments

OpenGL 3.1 Not Likely In Mesa Until 2013

The release plans for Mesa 8.1 and Mesa 8.2 have been proposed. Unfortunately if you were hoping to see OpenGL 3.1 compliance in this open-source graphics driver library this summer, it looks like that won't come until 2013 and support for newer OpenGL specifications are even further out.
4 May 2012 - Sad Schedule - 39 Comments

R600 Gallium3D LLVM Shader Compiler Hooked Up

Mainline Mesa Git can now be built with the AMD R600 Gallium3D LLVM shader compiler back-end available.
23 April 2012 - Now Available - 50 Comments

Gallium3D LLVMpipe Driver On LLVM 3.1

LLVM 3.1 is set to be released next month but will it offer up any performance improvements when paired with the open-source Mesa Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver for CPU-based OpenGL support? Here's some new benchmarks that were conducted over the weekend.
9 April 2012 - LLVM 3.1 Testing

OpenCL/Clover Is Closer To Mesa Merging

The OpenCL support work for the open-source Linux graphics drivers with the Clover state tracker and other compute infrastructure prerequisites have moved a step closer to being merged into the mainline Mesa repository.
2 April 2012 - Woohoo - 2 Comments

Gallium3D Compute Infrastructure Is On Approach

The Gallium3D compute infrastructure, which is the underlying work for supporting OpenCL over this open-source graphics driver architecture, is on approach for landing in the very near future. This has been one damn good day for open-source Linux graphics drivers following the earlier Nouveau surprise announcements.
22 March 2012 - OpenCL - 10 Comments

What's Left For LLVMpipe Before OpenGL 3.0

One of the Gallium3D drivers yet not fully supporting the OpenGL 3.0 specification is the LLVMpipe software rasterizer. However, if you're curious of what's left before this CPU-based graphics driver can handle GL3, here's a list.
11 March 2012 - LLVMpipe GL3 - 2 Comments

Turning Mesa Into JavaScript For The Web?

Besides the recent talk about using Gallium3D's LLVMpipe for Mozilla Firefox, there's another interesting technical discussion happening now about using Mesa on the web to emulate the full OpenGL API using the WebGL API.
6 March 2012 - C To JavaScript - 13 Comments

Firefox May Support LLVMpipe For WebGL

Benoit Jacob of Mozilla is looking at the possibility of using Mesa's LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver as a means of WebGL software rendering within Firefox.
4 March 2012 - Gallium3D LLVMpipe - 9 Comments

What Would You Like To See Out Of Mesa 8.1?

With nearly one month having passed since the release of the highly-anticipated Mesa 8.0, where have you come to realize not full satisfaction with this open-source graphics driver library? What would you like to see improved with the next release, Mesa 8.1?
27 February 2012 - Mesa 8.1 - 25 Comments

Mesa's Piglit May Move Forward This Summer

Piglit, the OpenGL conformance test for Mesa, may see some improvements this summer thanks to Google's Summer of Code initiative. In particular, there might be OpenCL support.
27 February 2012 - Piglit

A Pleasant Surprise In Mesa 8.1 Radeon Gallium3D

When running some tests on the latest Mesa 8.1-devel Gallium3D code-base for the "R600" Radeon Gallium3D driver, I was surprised by some of the results.
22 February 2012 - Radeon - 31 Comments

Changes To Merging Feature Work In Mesa

After looking at the merges that went into the major Mesa 8.0 release, Ian Romanick has called for some changes in handling the merging of feature work for future versions of Mesa.
16 February 2012 - Mesa RFC - 5 Comments

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