[PATCH 0/2] Rate-limit shadow-FB-to-console-update to screen refresh

Thomas Zimmermann tzimmermann at suse.de
Mon Sep 9 14:06:31 UTC 2019

A full-screen memcpy() moves the console's shadow buffer to hardware; with
possibly significant runtime overhead. [1]

The console's dirty worker now waits for the vblank to rate limit the
output frequency. Screen output can pile up while waiting and there's a
chance that multiple screen updates can be handled with a single memcpy().
Note that this has no effect on tearing: while the dirty worker updates
the hardware buffer, new data can still arrive in the shadow buffer. This
can create a tearing effcet, even though console output is synchronized
to vblank.

The patchset adds vblank support to mgag200, because the problem was first
reported with Matrox hardware.

[1] https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2019-July/228663.html

Thomas Zimmermann (2):
  drm/fb-helper: Synchronize dirty worker with vblank
  drm/mgag200: Add vblank support

 drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c        | 12 ++++++++
 drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_drv.c  |  1 +
 drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_drv.h  |  1 +
 drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_main.c | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++
 drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_mode.c | 42 +++++++++++++++++++++++---
 5 files changed, 85 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)


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