hello this was quite a while ago. hence reposting question. a. today what is being done to virtualize 3d graphics cards b. what are the problems c. any good hardware assist gpu virutalization solutions on the horizon? thanks.
Alexey Eremenko wrote:
hi all ! Probably all of you have heard about Virtualization/Emulation software, such as VMware, Xen, VirtualPC, Qemu, KVM and others... For those who don't know what it is: Virtualization is a way to run one operating system on top of another. Probably all know that most Virtualizers support only 2D graphics for their guest operating systems. It turned out to be very difficult to do virtualization of 3D graphics, in particular because the people that write virtualization software often don't understand 3D graphics. However, I wanted inform you, that a new Open-Source x86 Virtualizer emerged recently, trying to provide for a 3D graphics OpenGL virtualization. The product's name is: VirtualBox. VirtualBox is developed by a commercial company, and has a good support of both Windows and Linux, plus it has exception speed. I see it as a competitor to VMware. While Windows and Linux are officially supported, no-one is preventing you from adding some other OSes to "supported" list as well. (BSD and Solaris) - that's the power of OSS. VirtualBox home page: www.virtualbox.org Article about Using VirtualBox on openSUSE Linux. http://forgeftp.novell.com/lfl/.html/virtualbox.html More info about 3D virtualization can be found on: http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=16 http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/475 I know that Mesa3D guys know 3D graphics perfectly, and so I wanted you to participate in discussions about 3D graphics virtualization. After all, my hope is that one day, the Open-Source community will be able to run 3D software on a Virtual Machine (VM). If you want, you're welcome to contribute to VirtualBox project as well. Use cases: 1. Run Linux with compiz 3D desktop on Windows. 2. Run Windows games on Linux. 3. [you add here] So, are there any people interested in OSS 3D graphics virtualization ? -- -Alexey Eremenko "Technologov" ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This SF.net email is sponsored by DB2 Express Download DB2 Express C - the FREE version of DB2 express and take control of your XML. No limits. Just data. Click to get it now. http://sourceforge.net/powerbar/db2/ _______________________________________________ Mesa3d-users mailing list Mesa3d-users@lists.sourceforge.net https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/mesa3d-users

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