Mesa 21.0 Released With Numerous RADV Improvements, New Vulkan Extensions, Many Fixes
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 11 March 2021 at 08:02 PM EST. 13 Comments
MESA --
Following several weeks of delays, Mesa 21.0 was officially released today as the newest quarterly feature update for this collection of predominantly open-source OpenGL and Vulkan drivers for Linux systems.

Mesa 21.0 has many additions especially on the Radeon Vulkan (RADV) driver front where sparse memory support is in place, AMD Smart Access Memory / Resizable BAR optimizations, various RDNA 2 improvements, rapid packed math for ACO, and more.

Elsewhere in Mesa 21.0 there are continued RadeonSI optimizations, many Intel ANV and Iris improvements, OpenGL 3.3 for Freedreno, DXGI Winsys was added and initial Direct3D 12 code for WSL, OpenGL 4.1 for Zink, and more.

See our Mesa 21.0 feature overview for more on this quarter's graphics driver changes.

The very brief Mesa 21.0 release announcement can be read on Mesa-dev.

Mesa 21.1 is the next quarter's feature release that has been under development now since early January and should debut in May or June.
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