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Resource Sharing in GPU-Accelerated Windowing Systems

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Resource Sharing in GPU-Accelerated Windowing Systems
Recent windowing systems allow graphics applications to directly access the graphics processing unit (GPU) for fast rendering. However, application tasks that render frames on the GPU contend heavily with the windowing server that also accesses the GPU to blit the rendered frames to the screen. This resource-sharing nature of direct rendering introduces core challenges of priority inversion and temporal isolation in multi-tasking environments. In this paper, we identify and address resource-sharing problems raised in GPU-accelerated windowing systems. Specifically, we propose two protocols that enable application tasks to efficiently share the GPU resource in the X Window System. The Priority Inheritance with X server (PIX) protocol eliminates priority inversion caused in accessing the GPU, and the Reserve Inheritance with X server (RIX) protocol addresses the same problem for resource-reservation systems. Our design and implementation of these protocols highlight the fact that neith...
Shinpei Kato, Karthik Lakshmanan, Yutaka Ishikawa,
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Type Journal
Year 2011
Where RTAS
Authors Shinpei Kato, Karthik Lakshmanan, Yutaka Ishikawa, Ragunathan Rajkumar
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