[vbox-dev] Use of Host system graphics card
Klaus.Espenlaub at Sun.COM
Thu Aug 28 12:38:08 PDT 2008
Steve Gaul wrote:
> I'm new to this list and apologize if this has been discussed already as
> I have not had the time to read thru all the archives.
There's been a lot of talking about 3D - some mails constructive, some
people couldn't imagine how difficult the problem is.
> I have had conversations in the past with the product manager for vbox
> and we discussed the possibility for future versions of vbox to be able
> to use the graphics card of the host system.
Remember, this is a public mailing list, so I can't go into extreme detail.
> Our target setup is a Sun U45 with Dual Nvidia Quadro cards, target app
> is google earth in OpenGL mode.
> Host: Solaris 10 U5 with Trusted Extensions, Guest: Windows XP Pro
Your environment is quite unusual - extremely high performance hardware,
and presumably the target app desperately needs each and every bit of
it. Hard to tell if this can be fulfilled in a VM context, and what
other prerequisites will have to be met.
> Was wondering if this capability is/will be in future builds? If so,
> any limitations to graphics cards?
3D support is in the works, but as this is a quite complex problem it's
hard to say when it's ready. Talk to the managers here if you want to be
kept up to date.
> Lastly, if the host is Solaris and the guest is Windows XP, will we need
> to install additional OpenGL libs?
You won't be able to use the Nvidia drivers in the guest, that's pretty
clear. Many other aspects need to be determined.
> Any answers or comments are much appreciated.
Hope this helps.
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