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3D Accelerated Graphics Are Coming to PS3 Linux


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294w ago - The new Mesa 7.5 has been released recently.

The interesting thing about it is that it is first release to contain Gallium3D architecture for "OS-independent and API-independent 3D drivers" which in turn contains drivers for various devices such as:

• softpipe - a software/reference driver
• i915 - Intel 915/945 driver
• Cell - IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell processor driver
• nouveau (for NVIDIA GPUs) and R300 for (AMD/ATI R300)

You can read about state of Cell driver here.

This in fact will bring accelerated 3D graphics to PS3 where the graphics processing won't be done by RSX but by employing SPUs. This would vastly enhance usability of Linux running on PS3 by providing one of the things it's lacking now...

3D Accelerated Graphics Are Coming to PS3 Linux

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#27 - mattfish - 287w ago
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I am looking forward to 3D Accelerated Graphics being available on the various Linux distributions for the PS3 too.

#26 - dezza - 288w ago
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That is some great news. I hope it works good.

#25 - puppero - 288w ago
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This is a great news, but i'd like to point out that accelerated graphics is not only about number crunching. Even more important is memory bandwidth, and without DMA access to video memory there would be no change of high performance video decoding or graphics rendering

#24 - hellospaceboy - 289w ago
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Linux still had access to RSX in 2006, and wasn't blocked then, so it was capable of hd video playback etc.

#23 - mike1001 - 289w ago
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hi,

sorry, i havent a english version, its a german forum

and my english is too bad to translate it

perhaps this will help you :
http://www.onlinelib.de/index.php?mact=Search%2Ccntnt01%2Cdosearch%2C0&cntnt01returnid=-1&cntnt01searchinput=ps3&submit=Go


greets
mike

#22 - urbanracer34 - 289w ago
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Hi. I took a look at the link that you posted and I found out that it is in a language most of the forum can't read.
Babelfish comes up with a error when attempting to translate it.

Would you mind posting an english version?

#21 - mike1001 - 289w ago
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hi forum,

take a look at this link : http://www.flashforum.de/forum/video/221479-playstation-3-cell-flash-streaming-server-flv-encoding-cluster.html

he can play 2 fullhd-videos include ac3 sound at the same time under linux;
using a flashplayer optimized for gpu. this was 2006.

greets
mike

#20 - hellospaceboy - 289w ago
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It seems Sony will be putting an end to linux support in 3.0, but like previous SKU's they may still support it on the fat console. I know this has made a lot of linux users angry, and dev's. Hopefully they will still support it like they still support SACD on older models, and PS2 emulation etc on EU 60gb and accelerated graphics will only improve. Guess its just the Slim that will be hacked lol.

#19 - despa - 289w ago
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I would guess that ethernet bandwidth isn't enough for this, but it would be interesting if one could create a ps3 cluster and use this.

#18 - bloodring0909 - 292w ago
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Definitley keeping my the fingers crossed on this one, it will be so cool.

 

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