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RE: [Xen-users] 3D acceleration

To: "Daniel Spies" <daniel.spies@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Christian Horn" <chorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] 3D acceleration
From: "Huang2, Wei" <Wei.Huang2@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:04:13 -0500
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Daniel Spies wrote:
> Thanks for the quick reply!
> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 15:19:45 +0200, Christian Horn
> <chorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 03:05:15PM +0200, Daniel Spies wrote:
>>> I recently was searching for information about 3D acceleration in a
>>> Xen guest, but sadly I found only some probably outdated information
>>> from
>> 2005.
>>> Is it possible to use 3D acceleration to play games? I plan to buy a
>>> new CPU in order to get this Intel-VT technology, but this is the
>>> main condition... If yes, are there any other requirements?
>> Its not supported in a generic way that works with 3d-applications in
>> windows/linux/whatever running in the domU.
>> The only way to use 3d-applications at the moment
> What does "at the moment" mean? Is this a planned feature, or even
> already in development? 

Ian Pratt called for some volunteers on this issue in last Xen-Summit.
But I did not see too much activities on this issue yet.

>> is running i.e. linux
>> in a domU and using http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~andreslc/xen-gl/
>> for GL-applications to run those on the graphiccard attached to dom0.
> I actually need multi-threaded D3D support.
> (But OpenGL is useful for other apps)
>>> Another small question: Does Xen Support Seamless Window?
>> No. Guess the most performant way to get this is to use virtual- box,
>> afaik they can also use the svm/vt-extension of cpus nowadays.
> Never mind, this is not that important, and I think Virtual Box does
> not allow 3D acceleration anyway. Even VMWare, allowing simple
> DirectX8 support, still emulated a 3d graphics card, what leads to
> very poor performance.   
> Cheers,
> Daniel
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