Monday, December 17, 2007

OpenSolaris ATI Direct Rendering Infrastructure and 3D drivers

The Direct Rendering Infrastructure(a.k.a.DRI) is a framework for allowing direct access to graphics hardware under the X Window System in a safe and efficient manner. It includes changes to the X server, to several client libraries, and to the kernel. The first major use for the DRI is to create fast OpenGL implementations.

This project is targeted to port open-sourced DRI framework to Solaris, and provide 3D acceleration for Solaris x86. Meanwhile we would work with hardware vendors to enhance the 3D performance.

  • For Intel Graphics Cards: Integrated into snv_50. Working with Intel guys to provide supports for new Intel Graphics cards, such as G33/Q33 series
  • For ATI Radeon Graphics Cards: An initial prototype to be downloaded from "Files" page

  • Commercial NVIDIA drivers are already included in OpenSolaris (and Solaris) distributions and are also available from