It’s the last week of the Google Summer of Code but not of my contribution to Mesa. The purpose of this post is to present the project progress. The list of my commits done during the GSoC are available at https://github.com/Hopetech/libSoftFloat/commits/master?author=hopetech.
For the people who don’t know me, I’m Elie Tournier, and I finish in June my study in IT engineering at Télécom Physique in Strasbourg, France. You can find me on GitHub or on LinkedIn. I enjoy C++ and Image processing. I’m an open source enthusiast.
During this GSoC, I worked on the Mesa project.
Mesa is an open-source implementation of the OpenGL specification - a system for rendering interactive 3D graphics. A variety of device drivers allows Mesa to be used in many different environments ranging from software emulation to complete hardware acceleration for modern GPUs. Mesa ties into several other open-source projects: the Direct Rendering Infrastructure and X.org to provide OpenGL support to users of X on Linux, FreeBSD and other operating systems. (source: mesa)
GPUs natively support single precision, but only OpenGL 4.0 class GPUs have hardware support for double precision. The goal of this project is to implement a library of double precision operations in pure GLSL 1.30 for this GPU using bit twiddling operations and integer math. There are many library of software double precision floating point for devices that lack floating-point hardware. I should therefore translate one of this library (generally write in C) to pure GLSL 1.30.
The functions I have to implement are the following:
*Convert to single precision.
*Convert from single precision.
Nice to have:
The list of my commits are available at https://github.com/Hopetech/libSoftFloat/commits/master?author=hopetech
|Mul||50||Compiler OK but trouble with the algorithm||mul_fp64.shader_test|
|FP64 to FP32||100||fp64-to-fp32-conversion.shader_test|
|FP32 to FP64||100||fp32-to-fp64-conversion.shader_test|
|Rsqrt||25||I’m working on Sqrt||sqrt_fp64.shader_test|
I engage with Mesa to provide the librairy so I will finish it. After that, I will continue to contribute to the project. A stretch goal would be to use this library of functions to implement ‘GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64’ on all GPUs for which Mesa supports GLSL 1.30.
During this summer, I discovered a shading language call GLSL and I improved my knowledge about double precision floating point. I’m also more confident with git.
To create this blog, I’m using Jekyll host on GitHub. I’m not a fan of web development but it’s was a pleasure to maintain and play with this website.
I would like to thank all members of Mesa and particularly Ian Romanick, my mentor. Of course, thank to the staff of GSoC.
THANKS GUYS !
Elie “hopetech” Tournier