Making Use Of Intel vGPU Support On Linux 4.16 & QEMU 2.12

Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 9 April 2018 at 08:55 AM EDT. 16 Comments
As of the Linux 4.16 kernel that was released one week ago, the kernel-side bits are in place for Intel Virtual GPU support and in user-space the upcoming QEMU 2.12 has the necessary code for the GTK and SPICE code-paths.

This combination of Linux 4.16 and QEMU 2.12 and later allows for Intel vGPU support to begin working off mainline components for enjoying Intel HD/UHD/Iris Graphics acceleration from guest VMs on QEMU.

For those interested in trying out the support, Gerd Hoffmann has written a brief guide on configuring the system for Intel vGPU guest support.

I'll have some benchmarks of the Intel vGPU support as soon as time allows.
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