[Mesa-dev] [PATCH V3 2/2] i965: Enable ext_framebuffer_multisample_blit_scaled on intel h/w

Anuj Phogat anuj.phogat at gmail.com
Wed Jun 19 19:45:31 PDT 2013

This patch enables ext_framebuffer_multisample_blit_scaled extension
on intel h/w >= gen6.

Note: Patches for piglit tests to verify this functionality are out
for review on piglit mailing list.

Comment history:
Paul Berry on v1 of my implementation:
"I have some concerns about the image quality of the method you've
implemented.  As I understand it, the primary use case of this extension
is to allow the client to do multisampled rendering at slightly less
than screen resolution (e.g. 720p instead of 1080p), and then blit the
result to the screen in one step while keeping most of the quality
benefits of multisampling.  Since your implementation is effectively
equivalent to downsampling and then blitting using GL_NEAREST filtering,
my fear is that it will lead to blocky artifacts that are severe enough
to negate the benefit of multisampling in the first place.

Anuj Phogat proposed v2:
My latest implementation uses bilinear filtering of samples within a
texel and addresses most of the above concerns. It produces images
which are free from blocky artifacts and show big improvement in visual
quality. Here is a link to an image comparing the rendering quality on
Intel and NVIDIA drivers:

Paul Berry on v2:
There is a big improvement in quality of the image. But my concern is
that the algorithm used for filtering is not true bilinear filtering
of samples. For sampling texture coordinates on the edge of a texel,
we should also use samples from adjacent texels. We might not be
seeing these problems in the test case you've developed, but we can
hit them in some real world application.

Anuj Phogat proposed v3:
Algorithm used for filtering now assumes a rectangular grid of samples
roughly corresponding to sample locations. It also tests the boundary
conditions on the texture edges.
So, Now we do a true bilinear filtering of samples.

Piglit tests to verify the implementation can be found at:
Branch: blit-3

Error conditions test:
Accuracy test:
Visual quality test:

Signed-off-by: Anuj Phogat <anuj.phogat at gmail.com>
 src/mesa/drivers/dri/intel/intel_extensions.c | 1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/src/mesa/drivers/dri/intel/intel_extensions.c b/src/mesa/drivers/dri/intel/intel_extensions.c
index 5cb2fa3..23bc757 100644
--- a/src/mesa/drivers/dri/intel/intel_extensions.c
+++ b/src/mesa/drivers/dri/intel/intel_extensions.c
@@ -94,6 +94,7 @@ intelInitExtensions(struct gl_context *ctx)
    if (intel->gen >= 6) {
       ctx->Extensions.EXT_framebuffer_multisample = true;
       ctx->Extensions.EXT_transform_feedback = true;
+      ctx->Extensions.EXT_framebuffer_multisample_blit_scaled = true;
       ctx->Extensions.ARB_blend_func_extended = !driQueryOptionb(&intel->optionCache, "disable_blend_func_extended");
       ctx->Extensions.ARB_draw_buffers_blend = true;
       ctx->Extensions.ARB_ES3_compatibility = true;

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