Nouveau News Archives
This week I've been running a large open-source graphics card comparison using Mesa 10.3-devel and Linux 3.17 from Git. While the intentions were nice with featuring Intel/NVIDIA/AMD graphics, running several benchmarks of Steam / Source Engine games on Linux, and also measuring the power efficiency and thermal performance, the testing was cut short when it came to the Nouveau driver testing.
26 August 2014 - Crashes & Burns - 14 Comments
Users of some pre-Fermi NVIDIA graphics cards can be thankful to Roy Spliet for managing some re-clocking related improvements to the Nouveau driver.
22 August 2014 - NVA3 - 7 Comments
Nouveau developer Martin Peres has published a set of ten Nouveau DRM patches working towards proper fan/power management support for NVIDIA's latest "Maxwell" GPUs.
17 August 2014 - Maxwell - 23 Comments
Samuel Pitoiset continues making steady, great progress on his Google Summer of Code project as a student developer reverse-engineering and implementing NVIDIA hardware performance counters within the open-source Nouveau driver.
11 August 2014 - Performance Counters - 7 Comments
Being merged into the mainline kernel code-base for Linux 3.17 was the big DRM feature pull that included enhancements to the Intel and AMD Radeon graphics drivers (among the other smaller DRM/KMS drivers), but missing from action was the open-source NVIDIA driver. The Nouveau driver changes were delayed by some last-minute bug-hunting but now a separate pull request was issued to land the Nouveau driver updates for Linux 3.17.
10 August 2014 - Nouveau 3.17 - 10 Comments
In complementing the Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL benchmark results published earlier this week on Phoronix, here are the power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics.
2 August 2014 - Nouveau vs. NVIDIA - 10 Comments
As a follow on from today's Nouveau vs. NVIDIA OpenGL driver benchmarking results that were published earlier today on Phoronix, in the comments an interesting video was pointed out of Grand Theft Auto IV using Direct3D 9.x natively under Linux.
28 July 2014 - D3D9 - 145 Comments
Samuel Pitoiset has shared another blog post on his excellent work for reverse-engineering NVIDIA hardware performance counters and implementing the functionality within the open-source Nouveau driver.
20 July 2014 - NV50 MP
Nouveau's NVC0 Gallium3D driver for supporting NVIDIA "Fermi" hardware and newer has picked up support for indirect drawing.
16 July 2014 - NVC0 - 10 Comments
One of the biggest challenges with the Nouveau open-source graphics driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware in recent times has been with regard to GPU / video memory re-clocking. As a minor step forward, NVIDIA has contributed re-clocking patches for the GK20A graphics processor.
11 July 2014 - Re-Clocking - 11 Comments
While two X.Org GSoC projects already failed this summer, student developer Samuel Pitoiset continues making great progress on his work for implementing performance counter support within the open-source Nouveau NVIDIA graphics driver.
5 July 2014 - GL_AMD_performance_monitor - 1 Comment
The work by open-source student developer Samuel Pitoiset taking part again in Google's Summer of Code is continuing to show signs of progress. Pitoiset is the one that's been working towards an open-source version of NVIDIA's NVPerfKit with exposing NVIDIA's performance counters on Linux using the open-source Nouveau driver.
26 June 2014 - Performance Counters
In trying to reduce tearing and match the behavior of the Intel and Radeon drivers, the Nouveau X.Org driver will now sync buffer-swaps to vblanks by default.
21 June 2014 - GLXVBlank - 16 Comments
As part of the this year's Google Summer of Code, a returning Nouveau developer is working on open-source, reverse-engineered performance counters support for NVIDIA graphics hardware that's implemented within the Nouveau driver stack and exposed to user-space in a similar manner to NVIDIA's NvPerfKit.
20 June 2014 - NVPerfKit
One day after the open-source Nouveau X.Org driver gained support for GLAMOR acceleration and the NVIDIA "Maxwell" hardware, the latest addition to xf86-video-nouveau is enabling support for the X.Org PRESENT extension.
20 June 2014 - xf86-video-nouveau - 2 Comments
The Nouveau X.Org driver (xf86-video-nouveau) now has basic support for NVIDIA's newest Maxwell graphics processor. Related to that, there's also GLAMOR 2D acceleration support available within the Nouveau DDX.
19 June 2014 - xf86-video-nouveau - 12 Comments
The latest OpenGL 4 extension being enabled for the Nouveau "NVC0" Gallium3D driver is GL_ARB_viewport_array.
15 June 2014 - OpenGL 4.1
The X.Org Foundation has decided to fund an Endless Vacation of Code project to improve the support for the Nouveau driver's re-clocking of several generations of NVIDIA GPUs.
13 June 2014 - Re-Clocking - 18 Comments
The open-source driver stack for NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC continues to go well and their Jetson TK1 ARM development board has reached the "kmscube" milestone.
5 June 2014 - Open-Source - 1 Comment
Besides being able to try out re-clocking with Linux 3.16, there's also several other changes lined up for this next kernel release cycle when it comes to the Nouveau driver providing open-source NVIDIA graphics support.
4 June 2014 - Nouveau - 1 Comment
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