Intel's OpenGL Driver Gains Another Performance Optimization

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 26 November 2016 at 08:45 AM EST. 2 Comments
While we have been talking a lot lately about performance optimizations and improvements to Intel's "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver, not all focus has been lost on the i965 Mesa OpenGL driver. In fact, a lot of code landed on Friday for i965.

Enabled on Friday was fast clears for multi-LOD. That came after a number of prep commits and plumbing to the i965 driver.

The end result? A minor but noticeable improvement for relevant OpenGL test cases.
On SKL (also fast clear is used for level 0, layer 0):

Manhattan 3.0: 3.88434% +/- 0.814659%
Manhattan 3.0 off: 3.25542% +/- 0.101149%
Trex: 3.43501% +/- 0.31223%
Trex off: 4.13781% +/- 0.0993569%


Manhattan 3.0: 1.37079% +/- 0.571208%
Manhattan 3.0 off: 1.74029% +/- 0.267499%
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