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SubjectRe: HARDWARE: Open-Source-Friendly Graphics Cards -- Viable?
On Thursday 21 October 2004 19:34, Stephen Wille Padnos wrote:

> I'm thinking more like microcode. The functional blocks on the chip
> would be capable of being "rewired" by the OS, depending on the
> applications being run. All of the functions would still operate out of
> card-local memory.

Are you thinking something along the lines of an optimizing+profiling
host-CPU-software-renderer to FPGA-reprogrammed JIT accelerator? :)

The idea of reprogramming the hardware to toss out the line drawing and
other things that GTK and friends probably only present to X as pixmaps
anyway, and use that 'die space' for something else, is certainly appealing.

Of course, for a software -> hardware JITc, I think the budget required would
be a few magnitudes more than mentioned here earlier, and half a decade
of debugging or more ontop..
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