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LLVMpipe Doesn't Yet Like The GNOME Shell

Last week we published our first benchmarks of LLVMpipe, which is a new driver for Gallium3D that's to serve as a software rasterizer on the CPU. LLVMpipe is ideal for cases where a GPU is not available or supported and it leverages LLVM (the Low-Level Virtual Machine) for optimization and providing much better software acceleration than Mesa's traditional software rasterizer or Gallium3D's previous Softpipe driver. LLVMpipe really likes modern, fast processors with SSE3/SSE4 support especially for best performance, but will work with nearly any 64-bit Intel/AMD processor. Unfortunately, LLVMpipe doesn't yet play well with GNOME Shell.
5 May 2010 - Fail - 16 Comments

Discussing Mesa's "Stupid Development Model"

Red Hat's David Airlie has started a new mailing list discussion that's surrounding the "stupid development model" of Mesa. Their accepted policy of developing in stable branches and then pulling the code into the master code-base periodically (rather than just working directly on master) is causing many frustrations for Dave in being able to back-port fixes to existing stable branches of Mesa.
30 April 2010 - David Airlie Is Mad - 11 Comments

LLVMpipe's Geometry Processing Pipeline Kicks

A month ago we talked about Gallium3D's LLVMpipe performing well and providing a much better software rasterizer than what is available with classic Mesa. Using LLVMpipe and a modest CPU for acceleration, the OpenArena was just about playable without any GPU assistance. Now a month later LLVMpipe is becoming a even more serious performer. LLVMpipe now is able to tap into the new geometry processing pipeline and it's causing some major performance gains.
28 April 2010 - For Gallium3D - 30 Comments

Mesa Slowly Gets Better OpenGL 3 Coverage

While OpenGL 3.0 was announced in August of 2007, nearly three years later its coverage in the open-source Mesa stack is lacking even while the 3.1/3.2/3.3 revisions have been introduced and OpenGL 4.0 was already introduced this year. Slowly but surely though, the open-source developers are making progress in implementing OpenGL 3.x support for Mesa.
27 April 2010 - Bit By Bit - 4 Comments

Reworking OpenGL ES In Mesa, Gallium3D

In May of last year there were Gallium3D state trackers published for OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. These were among the first major working state trackers for this new graphics architecture, but in the months since they have continued to receive much affection from a few developers and continue to improve. The OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 support though may now be reworked by Kristian Høgsberg.
12 April 2010 - This Time By Kristian - 11 Comments

A Modularized Mesa 7.8 Is Published

Mesa 7.8 was released last week (and then yesterday an emergency 7.8.1 release arrived) in its traditional bundled form with the DRI drivers, but this afternoon a version with the popular hardware drivers modularized and built around an SDK, has been published.
6 April 2010 - Luc Does It On A Train - 11 Comments

Mesa 7.8.1 Emergency Release Coming Today

Mesa 7.8 was only released one week ago, but an "emergency" release of Mesa 7.8.1 will be arriving in just a few hours.
5 April 2010 - New Mesa - 1 Comment

S3TC Support For Mesa Brought Up Again

Besides the Mesa 7.8 release announcement hitting the Mesa mailing list over the weekend, also catching our interest is a new discussion concerning S3TC texture compression in this open-source software stack. One of the developers working on Spring RTS, an open-source real-time strategy game engine for Linux and Windows, is wanting the open-source Mesa developers to implement S3TC texture compression/decompression. But this is a rather sticky situation.
28 March 2010 - Software Patents... - 25 Comments

Mesa 7.7.1 & 7.8.0 Released For Open-Source 3D

Ian Romanick has just released the 7.7.1 and 7.8.0 versions of the Mesa3D open-source OpenGL stack with the DRI/Gallium3D drivers. As planned, this release is coming right on time for the end of March with Intel preparing to make its quarterly Linux graphics driver update and there is also the release of X Server 1.8 coming in the near future.
28 March 2010 - Mesa Fun - 14 Comments

Mesa 7.8 Release Imminent: RC2 Pushed

Coming just one week after the first release candidate, the second release candidate for Mesa 7.8 is now available. This is in hopes of meeting the release schedule and pushing out the final release on Friday.
22 March 2010 - Friday Release - 1 Comment

Mesa Receives Some OpenGL 3 Love

OpenGL 3.0 was announced in the summer of 2007 and since then we have seen the subsequent releases of the 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 specifications. Just last week there was even the release of OpenGL 4.0. The proprietary Linux graphics drivers have picked up support for these latest industry standard specifications, but it hasn't been smooth sailing in the open-source world.
20 March 2010 - Hoorah - 24 Comments

Luc's Modular Mesa Drivers Fall On Deaf Ears

Three days ago we reported on Luc Verhaegen and his expedition of modularizing Mesa and its DRI drivers following his talk last month at FOSDEM concerning the ways of cleaning up the Linux graphics driver stack. While we were early to report on Luc's work, yesterday he announced his modularized DRI drivers and Mesa SDK on the Mesa3D development list, but his work has fallen on deaf ears.
17 March 2010 - No One Comments - 7 Comments

Mesa 7.8 Gets Ready With Release Candidate

Mesa 7.8 was branched earlier this month in preparation for a release later this month, and today the first planned release candidate of this major update to this critical piece of the open-source Linux 3D stack has arrived.
16 March 2010 - To Be Released Soon - 9 Comments

Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Software Rasterizer Is Kicking

While we are still waiting for the hardware drivers to mature for Gallium3D (particularly the Nouveau stack for all NVIDIA GPUs, the Intel 965 driver, the ATI R300g driver to mature, and then the R600g driver to come about), VMware has been working on their a software rasterizer as well through a Gallium3D state tracker. This new software rasterizer looks like it's finally coming about and is already delivering great performance compared to Mesa's existing software rasterizer that is rather crippled.
11 March 2010 - Speeeeeed - 25 Comments

R600 Gallium3D Shader Compiler Milestone Hit

Beyond working on a R600/700 winsys as well as a command submission checker for these ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics processors, Jerome Glisse of Red Hat has also been busy at work on a shader compiler for the R600/700 ASICs with the still-in-early-development Gallium3D driver. Over the weekend Jerome hit one of his first milestones with this code.
7 March 2010 - First Milestone - 81 Comments

Mesa 7.8 Branched For Release This Month

Mesa 7.7 was released just before the end of 2009, but by the end of March there will be the 7.8 release of the Mesa 7.8 graphics stack. Since January the Mesa 7.8 release plans have been to release it by the end of March -- around the same time as the planned X Server 1.8 release -- and in preparation for that this release series has now been branched from master.
6 March 2010 - New Mesa 3D - 4 Comments

Direct3D State Tracker Will Not Be Open-Source

Zack Rusin of VMware announced the other day that they are working on a DirectX 10/11 state tracker. This caused quite a discussion in our forums and now Zack has clarified his remarks. There is already a DirectX 9.0 state tracker for Gallium3D, but it and the state tracker to support the 10 and 11 versions of this Microsoft API will have a few limitations compared to most of the other state trackers. Simply put, the Direct3D state tracker from VMware will only be supported on Windows and it will not be released as open-source.
10 February 2010 - Remains Closed - 14 Comments

DirectX 10/11 Coming Atop Gallium3D

With state trackers emerging for the Gallium3D driver architecture to provide acceleration for a range of APIs from OpenGL ES and OpenVG to OpenGL and OpenCL, we knew it was likely that at some point there would be support for Microsoft's DirectX API. There was even a rumor of Tungsten Graphics already having a working DirectX state tracker. As VMware, which now owns Tungsten Graphics, the creator of Gallium3D, is using this open-source driver architecture within their virtualization platform for providing all sorts of hardware acceleration support to guest operating systems over the GPU, the DirectX support has become important.
8 February 2010 - VMware Hacks Away - 40 Comments

DRI2 Driver For Mesa EGL In The Works

Kristian Høgsberg, the mastermind behind DRI2 and the one behind the Wayland Display Server, has a new announcement and that's a DRI2 driver for the new Mesa EGL implementation. Kristian's work interfaces EGL with DRI2 and is described as a "nice, self-contained implementation." Kristian has aspirations to add support for EGL with a DRI2 driver on the KMS frame-buffer, which could be used in the Wayland world.
3 February 2010 - Kristian Hacks - 4 Comments

VMware's Embedded Plans For Gallium3D?

Back in December of 2008 VMware acquired Tungsten Graphics, the company that's principally behind Mesa 3D along with the Gallium3D driver architecture, the TTM memory manager, and other parts of the Linux graphics stack. A year later (this past November/December) we then found out VMware had them create a virtual Gallium3D driver for their VMware virtualization platform so that virtualized operating systems can exploit the graphics processor on the host system just not for driving OpenGL support, but OpenCL, OpenVG, OpenGL ES, and other areas covered now by the Gallium3D state tracker and going into the future (VDPAU, etc).
2 February 2010 - New Branch Shown - 4 Comments

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