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Interview w/ Andy Ritger, Director of Unix Software at NVIDIA

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Luboš Doležel: Can you tell us something about the planned Linux driver improvements in next... let's say... several months? People seem to be especially interested in better 2D acceleration, hardware MPEG-4/H264 acceleration and Xen paravirtualized driver. Stabilised suspend/resume is also a hot topic.

Andy Ritger: Thanks for asking. Some of the improvements that we plan for the Linux driver over the coming months include:

  • Improving our GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap implementation's handling of out-of-videomemory scenarios (this is the cause of the "black window bug" when running Compiz or Beryl composite managers)

  • RandR 1.2 support; this will layer on top of the NVIDIA X driver's current dynamic display configuration support.
  • Improved mobile support, focusing on hotkey switching, and power management handling.
  • Various improvements to our Render acceleration support.
  • Improvements for many of our workstation products, including Quadro Plex, G-Sync and SDI.

2) People would like to use their powerful GPUs for their own processing intensive applications (eg. video compression or math formulas computation). Can we expect some SDK to make this happen?

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