Patents by Inventor Mark Fowler

Mark Fowler has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10991146
    Abstract: A processor receives a request to access one or more levels of a partially resident texture (PRT) resource. The levels represent a texture at different levels of detail (LOD) and the request includes normalized coordinates indicating a location in the texture. The processor accesses a texture descriptor that includes dimensions of a first level of the levels and one or more offsets between a reference level and one or more second levels that are associated with one or more residency maps that indicate texels that are resident in the PRT resource. The processor translates the normalized coordinates to texel coordinates in the one or more residency maps based on the offset and accesses, in response to the request, the one or more residency maps based on the texel coordinates to determine whether texture data indicated by the normalized coordinates is resident in the PRT resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Maxim V. Kazakov, Mark Fowler
  • Patent number: 10943389
    Abstract: Techniques for removing or identifying overlapping fragments in a fragment stream after z-culling are disclosed. The techniques include maintaining a first-in-first-out buffer that stores post-z-cull fragments. Each time a new fragment is received at the buffer, the screen position of the fragment is checked against all other fragments in the buffer. If the screen position of the fragment matches the screen position of a fragment in the buffer, then the fragment in the buffer is removed or marked as overlapping. If the screen position of the fragment does not match the screen position of any fragment in the buffer, then no modification is performed to fragments already in the buffer. In either case, he fragment is added to the buffer. The contents of the buffer are transmitted to the pixel shader for pixel shading at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Laurent Lefebvre, Michael Mantor, Mark Fowler, Mikko Alho, Mika Tuomi, Kiia Kallio, Patrick Klas Rudolf Buss, Jari Antero Komppa, Kaj Tuomi, Christopher J. Brennan
  • Publication number: 20210011760
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for abstracting tasks in virtual memory identifier (VMID) containers are disclosed. A processor coupled to a memory executes a plurality of concurrent tasks including a first task. Responsive to detecting one or more instructions of the first task which correspond to a first operation, the processor retrieves a first identifier (ID) which is used to uniquely identify the first task, wherein the first ID is transparent to the first task. Then, the processor maps the first ID to a second ID and/or a third ID. The processor completes the first operation by using the second ID and/or the third ID to identify the first task to at least a first data structure. In one implementation, the first operation is a memory access operation and the first data structure is a set of page tables. Also, in one implementation, the second ID identifies a first application of the first task and the third ID identifies a first operating system (OS) of the first task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Anirudh R. Acharya, Michael J. Mantor, Rex Eldon McCrary, Anthony Asaro, Jeffrey Gongxian Cheng, Mark Fowler
  • Publication number: 20200310684
    Abstract: A processing unit is configured to access a first memory that supports atomic operations and a second memory via an interface. The second memory or the interface does not support atomicity of the atomic operations. A trap handler is configured to trap atomic operations and enforce atomicity of the trapped atomic operations. The processing unit selectively provides atomic operations to the trap handler in response to detecting that memory access requests in the atomic operations are directed to the second memory via the interface. In some cases, the processing unit detects a frequency of traps that result from atomic operations that include memory access requests to a page stored in the second memory. The processing unit transfers the page from the second memory to the first memory in response to the trap frequency exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventor: Mark FOWLER
  • Publication number: 20200250877
    Abstract: A processor receives a request to access one or more levels of a partially resident texture (PRT) resource. The levels represent a texture at different levels of detail (LOD) and the request includes normalized coordinates indicating a location in the texture. The processor accesses a texture descriptor that includes dimensions of a first level of the levels and one or more offsets between a reference level and one or more second levels that are associated with one or more residency maps that indicate texels that are resident in the PRT resource. The processor translates the normalized coordinates to texel coordinates in the one or more residency maps based on the offset and accesses, in response to the request, the one or more residency maps based on the texel coordinates to determine whether texture data indicated by the normalized coordinates is resident in the PRT resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Maxim V. KAZAKOV, Mark FOWLER
  • Patent number: 10725822
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for abstracting tasks in virtual memory identifier (VMID) containers are disclosed. A processor coupled to a memory executes a plurality of concurrent tasks including a first task. Responsive to detecting one or more instructions of the first task which correspond to a first operation, the processor retrieves a first identifier (ID) which is used to uniquely identify the first task, wherein the first ID is transparent to the first task. Then, the processor maps the first ID to a second ID and/or a third ID. The processor completes the first operation by using the second ID and/or the third ID to identify the first task to at least a first data structure. In one implementation, the first operation is a memory access operation and the first data structure is a set of page tables. Also, in one implementation, the second ID identifies a first application of the first task and the third ID identifies a first operating system (OS) of the first task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Anirudh R. Acharya, Michael J. Mantor, Rex Eldon McCrary, Anthony Asaro, Jeffrey Gongxian Cheng, Mark Fowler
  • Publication number: 20200042348
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for abstracting tasks in virtual memory identifier (VMID) containers are disclosed. A processor coupled to a memory executes a plurality of concurrent tasks including a first task. Responsive to detecting one or more instructions of the first task which correspond to a first operation, the processor retrieves a first identifier (ID) which is used to uniquely identify the first task, wherein the first ID is transparent to the first task. Then, the processor maps the first ID to a second ID and/or a third ID. The processor completes the first operation by using the second ID and/or the third ID to identify the first task to at least a first data structure. In one implementation, the first operation is a memory access operation and the first data structure is a set of page tables. Also, in one implementation, the second ID identifies a first application of the first task and the third ID identifies a first operating system (OS) of the first task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Anirudh R. Acharya, Michael J. Mantor, Rex Eldon McCrary, Anthony Asaro, Jeffrey Gongxian Cheng, Mark Fowler
  • Patent number: 10540802
    Abstract: A processor receives a request to access one or more levels of a partially resident texture (PRT) resource. The levels represent a texture at different levels of detail (LOD) and the request includes normalized coordinates indicating a location in the texture. The processor accesses a texture descriptor that includes dimensions of a first level of the levels and one or more offsets between a reference level and one or more second levels that are associated with one or more residency maps that indicate texels that are resident in the PRT resource. The processor translates the normalized coordinates to texel coordinates in the one or more residency maps based on the offset and accesses, in response to the request, the one or more residency maps based on the texel coordinates to determine whether texture data indicated by the normalized coordinates is resident in the PRT resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Maxim V. Kazakov, Mark Fowler
  • Patent number: 10540280
    Abstract: Techniques for performing cache invalidates and write-backs in an accelerated processing device (e.g., a graphics processing device that renders three-dimensional graphics) are disclosed. The techniques involve receiving requests from a “master” (e.g., the central processing unit). The techniques involve invalidating virtual-to-physical address translations in an address translation request. The techniques include splitting up the requests based on whether the requests target virtually or physically tagged caches. Addresses for the portions of a request that target physically tagged caches are translated using invalidated virtual-to-physical address translations for speed. The split up request is processed to generate micro-transactions for individual caches targeted by the request. Micro-transactions for physically and virtually tagged caches are processed in parallel. Once all micro-transactions for a request have been processed, the unit that made the request is notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC., ATI TECHNOLOGIES ULC
    Inventors: Mark Fowler, Jimshed Mirza, Anthony Asaro
  • Patent number: 10474468
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for processing variable wavefront sizes on a processor are disclosed. In one embodiment, a processor includes at least a scheduler, cache, and multiple execution units. When operating in a first mode, the processor executes the same instruction on multiple portions of a wavefront before proceeding to the next instruction of the shader program. When operating in a second mode, the processor executes a set of instructions on a first portion of a wavefront. In the second mode, when the processor finishes executing the set of instructions on the first portion of the wavefront, the processor executes the set of instructions on a second portion of the wavefront, and so on until all portions of the wavefront have been processed. The processor determines the operating mode based on one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mantor, Brian D. Emberling, Mark Fowler, Mark M. Leather
  • Patent number: 10403333
    Abstract: A memory controller includes a host interface for receiving memory access requests including access addresses, a memory interface for providing memory accesses to a memory system, and an address decoder coupled to the host interface for programmably mapping the access addresses to selected ones of a plurality of regions. The address decoder is programmable to map the access addresses to a first region having a non-power-of-two size using a primary decoder and a secondary decoder each having power-of-two sizes, and providing a first region mapping signal in response. A command queue stores the memory access requests and region mapping signals. An arbiter picks the memory access requests from the command queue based on a plurality of criteria, which are evaluated based in part on the region mapping signals, and provides corresponding memory accesses to the memory interface in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Brandl, Thomas Hamilton, Hideki Kanayama, Kedarnath Balakrishnan, James R. Magro, Guanhao Shen, Mark Fowler
  • Publication number: 20190122417
    Abstract: A system, method and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium are provided for hybrid rendering with deferred primitive batch binning. A primitive batch is generated from one or more primitives. A bin is identified for processing the primitive batch. At least a portion of each primitive intersecting the identified bin is processed and a next bin for processing the primitive batch is identified based on an intercept walk order. The processing is iteratively repeated for the one or more primitives in the primitive batch for successive bins until all primitives of the primitive batch are completely processed. Then, the one or more primitives in the primitive batch are further processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicants: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Michael Mantor, Laurent Lefebvre, Mark Fowler, Timothy Kelley, Mikko Alho, Mika Tuomi, Kiia Kallio, Patrick Klas Rudolf Buss, Jari Antero Komppa, Kaj Tuomi
  • Patent number: 10169906
    Abstract: A system, method and a computer program product are provided for hybrid rendering with deferred primitive batch binning. A primitive batch is generated from a sequence of primitives. Initial bin intercepts are identified for primitives in the primitive batch. A bin for processing is identified. The bin corresponds to a region of a screen space. Pixels of the primitives intercepting the identified bin are processed. Next bin intercepts are identified while the primitives intercepting the identified bin are processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Michael Mantor, Laurent Lefebvre, Mark Fowler, Timothy Kelley, Mikko Alho, Mika Tuomi, Kiia Kallio, Patrick Klas Rudolf Buss, Jari Antero Komppa, Kaj Tuomi
  • Patent number: 10152434
    Abstract: A system and method for efficient arbitration of memory access requests are described. One or more functional units generate memory access requests for a partitioned memory. An arbitration unit stores the generated requests and selects a given one of the stored requests. The arbitration unit identifies a given partition of the memory which stores a memory location targeted by the selected request. The arbitration unit determines whether one or more other stored requests access memory locations in the given partition. The arbitration unit sends each of the selected memory access request and the identified one or more other memory access requests to the memory to be serviced out of order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Rostyslav Kyrychynskyi, Anthony Asaro, Kostantinos Danny Christidis, Mark Fowler, Michael J. Mantor, Robert Scott Hartog
  • Publication number: 20180246724
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for maintaining separate pending load and store counters are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a system includes at least one execution unit, a memory subsystem, and a pair of counters for each thread of execution. In one embodiment, the system implements a software based approach for managing dependencies between instructions. In one embodiment, the execution unit(s) maintains counters to support the software-based approach for managing dependencies between instructions. The execution unit(s) are configured to execute instructions that are used to manage the dependencies during run-time. In one embodiment, the execution unit(s) execute wait instructions to wait until a given counter is equal to a specified value before continuing to execute the instruction sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Fowler, Brian D. Emberling
  • Publication number: 20180239606
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for processing variable wavefront sizes on a processor are disclosed. In one embodiment, a processor includes at least a scheduler, cache, and multiple execution units. When operating in a first mode, the processor executes the same instruction on multiple portions of a wavefront before proceeding to the next instruction of the shader program. When operating in a second mode, the processor executes a set of instructions on a first portion of a wavefront. In the second mode, when the processor finishes executing the set of instructions on the first portion of the wavefront, the processor executes the set of instructions on a second portion of the wavefront, and so on until all portions of the wavefront have been processed. The processor determines the operating mode based on one or more conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Michael J. Mantor, Brian D. Emberling, Mark Fowler, Mark M. Leather
  • Publication number: 20180181488
    Abstract: Techniques for performing cache invalidates and write-backs in an accelerated processing device (e.g., a graphics processing device that renders three-dimensional graphics) are disclosed. The techniques involve receiving requests from a “master” (e.g., the central processing unit). The techniques involve invalidating virtual-to-physical address translations in an address translation request. The techniques include splitting up the requests based on whether the requests target virtually or physically tagged caches. Addresses for the portions of a request that target physically tagged caches are translated using invalidated virtual-to-physical address translations for speed. The split up request is processed to generate micro-transactions for individual caches targeted by the request. Micro-transactions for physically and virtually tagged caches are processed in parallel. Once all micro-transactions for a request have been processed, the unit that made the request is notified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicants: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Mark Fowler, Jimshed Mirza, Anthony Asaro
  • Publication number: 20180173649
    Abstract: A system and method for efficient arbitration of memory access requests are described. One or more functional units generate memory access requests for a partitioned memory. An arbitration unit stores the generated requests and selects a given one of the stored requests. The arbitration unit identifies a given partition of the memory which stores a memory location targeted by the selected request. The arbitration unit determines whether one or more other stored requests access memory locations in the given partition. The arbitration unit sends each of the selected memory access request and the identified one or more other memory access requests to the memory to be serviced out of order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Rostyslav Kyrychynskyi, Anthony Asaro, Kostantinos Danny Christidis, Mark Fowler, Michael J. Mantor, Robert Scott Hartog
  • Publication number: 20180165872
    Abstract: Techniques for removing or identifying overlapping fragments in a fragment stream after z-culling are disclosed. The techniques include maintaining a first-in-first-out buffer that stores post-z-cull fragments. Each time a new fragment is received at the buffer, the screen position of the fragment is checked against all other fragments in the buffer. If the screen position of the fragment matches the screen position of a fragment in the buffer, then the fragment in the buffer is removed or marked as overlapping. If the screen position of the fragment does not match the screen position of any fragment in the buffer, then no modification is performed to fragments already in the buffer. In either case, he fragment is added to the buffer. The contents of the buffer are transmitted to the pixel shader for pixel shading at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicants: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Laurent Lefebvre, Michael Mantor, Mark Fowler, Mikko Alho, Mika Tuomi, Kiia Kallio, Patrick Klas Rudolf Buss, Jari Antero Komppa, Kaj Tuomi, Christopher J. Brennan
  • Publication number: 20180165221
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently performing data allocation in a cache memory are described. A lookup is performed in a cache responsive to detecting an access request. If the targeted data is found in the cache and the targeted data is of a no allocate data type indicating the targeted data is not expected to be reused, then the targeted data is read from the cache without updating cache replacement policy information for the targeted data responsive to the access. If the lookup results in a miss, to the targeted data is prevented from being allocated in the cache.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Fowler