Radeon RX Vega Patches Begin Landing, First Hitting Libdrm

Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 27 March 2017 at 04:41 PM EDT. 2 Comments
Last week AMD began publishing the open-source driver enablement patches for the upcoming Vega graphics hardware. Today the libdrm support began to land.

The libdrm work by itself isn't too interesting with this Mesa DRM library being just what sits in between Mesa and the Linux kernel. But it's important as this work needs to land in order for the Vega10 RadeonSI Gallium3D driver changes to then be merged. The kernel support is hopefully coming for Linux 4.12, but for that to happen DC (DAL) needs to land and we haven't yet seen any new public review of that massive code-base. On the LLVM side, the Vega10 patches are already in Git/SVN for LLVM 5.0 later this year. The AMD developers do plan to merge the Mesa/Gallium3D changes prior to the work being mainlined in the Linux kernel.

So the Vega10 patches in libdrm are just an important step in the right direction. See more of my Vega Linux driver commentary from the 100+ kernel patches and all the Mesa patches.
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