[Public WebGL] dual GPU setups default to integrated GPU

Ben Adams [email protected]
Tue Jan 24 06:02:33 PST 2017

dGPU should always be used when on power; and this is only a decision that
effects the choice when on battery?

On 24 January 2017 at 13:00, Maksims Mihejevs <[email protected]> wrote:

> We've recognised same problem that a lot of people with Windows laptops
> and dual gpu get integrated gpu as default.
> Although this is not the case for Edge for example. Which gives it
> advantage over other browsers on Windows laptops.
> On 24 Jan 2017 9:26 a.m., "Florian Bösch" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Dual GPU laptops such as some brands of windows and macOS laptops, the OS
>> has a GPU switching function that switches to the discrete GPU in graphics
>> intensive applications (such as games, cad software etc.)
>> However, when a browser is running, it is often the case that the
>> integrated GPU is used, regardless of if a tab is doing something graphics
>> intensive with WebGL or not (https://twitter.com/grorgwork
>> /status/823719997616701440).
>> On windows a user can influence this by a series of complicated steps to
>> designate the preferred GPU, but it is a machine wide-setting, and
>> sometimes it was ignored (I don't know if that's still the case).
>> Obviously this presents a problem for WebGL developers. Neither would we
>> want to leech a users batteries unnecessarily, nor would we like to force a
>> user with a discrete GPU to receive worse performance should they wish to
>> use a graphics intensive WebGL application.
>> In WebGL1 there was a context creation flag called
>> "preferLowPowerToHighPerformance", but I'm not aware how widely this was
>> implemented, and apparently it's also ignored on macOS (because it defaults
>> to false, yet the discrete GPU is still not used).
>> WebGL2 has no equivalent context creation flag.
>> Questions:
>>    1. It would seem we have a sufficient mechanism to express a GPU
>>    preference, is this a correct assessment?
>>    2. Why was preferLowPowerToHighPerformance dropped from WebGL2?
>>    3. Why is preferLowPowerToHighPerformance ignored for WebGL1 on some
>>    configurations where it would be most useful?
>>    4. Should an additional mechanism be introduced so a user can switch
>>    between GPUs at his choice for tabs?
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