Graphics Pipeline and Rendering Technologies

High framerates, smooth animations, and quality display are key to user interaction. Igalia has years of experience building and optimizing many different parts of the graphics stack.

Companies developing software for mobile, embedded or desktop environments often find the graphics and rendering software stack to be one of their greatest challenges. The most successful devices and software platforms have optimized, frictionless user experience, including fast rendering and fluid touch interfaces.

At Igalia we have been creating high performance user interfaces and middleware for the past decade. Along the way, we've built accelerated compositors, eliminated hardware bottlenecks, optimized rendering of web browsers, and perfected font display.

Open source work is a part of our company culture, so we are long time contributors to and integrators of toolkits and APIs like Mesa, OpenGL, GTK+, EFL, Qt, Clutter/Cogl and Wayland. Some of our work includes:

  • Implementation of new standards such as WebGL and WebAudio, multimedia acceleration and GStreamer integration in WebKit
  • Maintenance of GStreamer support in WebKit
  • Accelerated large drop-shadows in web engines
  • Building cross-process graphics architectures and compositors for projects like WebKit2

We can help you ensure that your users have a compelling experience powered by an optimized graphics software stack.



  • OpenGL
  • WebGL
  • Mesa
  • Wayland
  • Cairo
  • HTML acceleration
  • Harfbuzz
  • Graphical toolkits
  • Graphical libraries
  • Accelerated Rendering
  • Accelerated Compositing

Featured Media

How to test OpenGL drivers using Free Software (FOSDEM 2015)
WebKitGTK+ Wayland: WebKit2 and Accelerated Compositing
WebKitGTK+: WebGL & Accelerated Compositing
Epiphany on Wayland: WebGL and CSS3D
OpenGL drivers using Free Software at FOSDEM 2015
WebGL game in Epiphany with WebKit2
WebGL game in Epiphany with WebKit2


Samuel Iglesias 25/09/2015

ARB_program_interface_query and shader_runner

Lately I have worked on ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object  extension implementation on Mesa, along with Iago (who has already explained how we implement it). One of the features we implemented was adding support for buffer variables to the queries defined...

Alejandro Piñeiro 18/09/2015

Optimizing shader assembly instruction on Mesa using shader-db (II)

On my previous post I mentioned that I have been working on optimizing the shader instruction count for specific shaders guided by shader-db, and showed one specific example. In this post I will show another one, slightly more complex on the triaging and...

Iago Toral 08/07/2015

Implementing ARB_shader_storage_buffer

In my previous post I introduced ARB_shader_storage_buffer, an OpenGL 4.3 feature that is coming soon to Mesa and the Intel i965 driver. While that post focused on explaining the features introduced by the extension, in this post I’ll dive into some...

Samuel Iglesias 12/06/2015

piglit (V): how to contribute to piglit and table of contents

Last post and the one before were about how to create your own piglit tests. Previously, I have written an introduction to piglit and how to launch a tailored piglit run (more details about these last two topics in my FOSDEM 2015 talk). Now it’s...

Samuel Iglesias 11/06/2015

piglit (IV): How to write binary test programs

Last post I talked about how to develop GLSL shader tests and how to add them to piglit. This is a nice way to develop simple tests but sometimes you need to do something more complex. For that case, piglit can run binary test programs. Introduction...


i965: Make vec4_visitor's destructor virtual

We need a virtual destructor when at least one of the class' methods is virtual. Failure to do so might lead to undefined behavior when destructing derived classes. Fixes the following warning: brw_vec4_gs_visitor.cpp: In function 'const unsigned int*...

Iago Toral05/10/2015

glsl: revert "glsl: atomic counters can be declared as buffer-qualified variables"

This reverts commit 586142658e2927a68c. The specs are not explicit about any restrictions related to the types allowed on buffer variables, however, the description of opaque types (like atomic counters) is in conclict with the purpose of buffer...

Iago Toral28/09/2015

i965/fs: Fix comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions

brw_fs_visitor.cpp: In member function 'void fs_visitor::emit_urb_writes()': brw_fs_visitor.cpp:977:58: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions [-Wsign-compare] Reviewed-by: Tapani Pälli

Iago Toral18/09/2015

i965/vec4: Don't unspill the same register in consecutive instructions

If we have spilled/unspilled a register in the current instruction, avoid emitting unspills for the same register in the same instruction or consecutive instructions following the current one as long as they keep reading the spilled register. This...

Iago Toral04/09/2015

mesa: Fix error in target validation of glCompressedTex(ture)SubImage3D() calls

Basically, two different target error checks are chained consecutively, and the second one is executed regardless the result of the first one. This produces an incorrect error if the first check fails but is overrided by the second. This patch...