[Xorg-driver-geode] Rendering in geode

Huang, FrankR FrankR.Huang at amd.com
Sun Jun 20 18:10:41 PDT 2010


	I don't think Geode is quite simple to handle. Just there is no good document to describe how to handle all the conditions. Can you provide me with a document to give some specific condition that driver need to go with? I have not find such one document. I admit limit rendering support on Geode, but it is not to say no way to do the rendering. We can evaluate in which way(SW and HW) the rendering can be done more efficiently after fixing the obvious bug. Hope you guys can give us more guide if there is no document to describe the whole view.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Morton [mailto:jonathan.morton at movial.com] 
Sent: 2010?6?19? 5:48
To: Huang, FrankR
Cc: xorg-devel at lists.x.org; xorg-driver-geode at lists.x.org
Subject: Re: Rendering in geode

On 17 June 2010 10:48, Huang, FrankR <FrankR.Huang at amd.com> wrote:
> What I want to ask is that does driver need handle these all? I think it is a huge burden for the driver to judge. Why the server gave such parameters to driver? Maybe one of this special condition can make the driver rendering result fails, just as geode. And the most important thing is that, if the driver found it can not do that rendering, it is to late for put the rendering back to Xserver SW method.

I suspect that EXA's designers didn't consider hardware quite as
simple as Geode when working out the API.

In fact, I believe they were thinking of the Intel GMA core series,
which requires some setup before use, and is not normally considered a
high-performance solution, but is fairly flexible.  Most PC-style
hardware is either of that type, or considerably more capable (such as
your X1200), or is considered too old to be worth implementing the
Composite function for (eg. original Matrox Mystique).

An unfortunate fact of EXA is that you need to throughly understand
XRender's requirements when implementing the Composite function.  This
is fairly poorly documented.

 - Jonathan Morton

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