EXA for radeon experimental patch

Thomas Winischhofer thomas at winischhofer.net
Wed Aug 31 09:48:22 PDT 2005

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Lars Knoll wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 August 2005 12:37, Eric Anholt wrote:
> [snip]
>>As a side note: The lack of render acceleration on my r300 has exposed
>>the fact that the migration heuristics aren't working well in the
>>absence of Render acceleration.  Anyone have a suggestion why that would
> One idea is that the Software uses both Composite calls and regular 
> blits/solid fills on the pixmap. I know at least Qt does this. Current 
> versions try to avoid using Render when possible, as it usually is a lot 
> slower. 
> So what you might see is that both commands happen and the pixmap gets 
> migrated back on forth all the time. Also a missing DownloadFromScreen 
> implementation makes moving pixmaps into main memory rather slow. 
> Another think I saw is that compositing onto the framebuffer is still always 
> slow. It might be a good idea is EXA always used DownloadFromScreen (if it 
> exists) to copy all pixmaps for a composite call into main memory before 
> attempting to use fbComposite. 
> I know this would give a huge speedup in some cases. Especially compositing 
> onto the framebuffer is currently extremely slow as it can't be migrated over 
> to main memory. Using DownloadFromScreen to make a copy of the framebuffer 
> area in question (and of the other two operands to composite), doing the 
> composition completely in main memory and then copying the result back into 
> the framebuffer would probably be a factor of 10-50 faster than doing calling 
> fbComposite with something still left in video mem.
> Now this is not true for shared memory architectures as the i810, so we would 
> probably need some way to find out how slow framebuffer reads are (and how 
> fast DownloadFromScreen is) and decide the strategy to use based on this 
> information.

In my non-DMA UMA hardware (sis), upload with sse peaks at about
540MB/sec, while download peaks at about 50MB/sec (naturally regardless
whether SSE or MMX or whatever).


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