Intel's Mesa Driver Now Officially Exposes OpenGL 4.3
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 30 May 2016 at 08:14 AM EDT. 19 Comments
MESA --
Intel's Mesa Linux graphics driver is now officially at OpenGL 4.3 compliance.

The Intel driver has basically been there for a few days, but Francisco Jerez of Intel OTC has been finishing up SIMD32 / compute stuff that's now in Mesa Git.

So in the early hours of this morning, OpenGL 4.3 was flipped on in the Intel driver. This now matches the RadeonSI and Nouveau NVC0 drivers in also supporting OGL 4.3. The Intel driver currently only supports OpenGL 4.3 on Broadwell hardware and newer, but Haswell support is likely expected next cycle in three months time.

It's terrific to see all of the improvements building up for this next Mesa release that's supposed to be due out in June, but with the release schedule slipping so far, it could end up being a July release. Depending upon when this drawn out release is branched, there's still the possibility of seeing OpenGL 4.4 if not OpenGL 4.5 for Intel.

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