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There's A Vulkan Renderer In The Works For A PlayStation Emulator

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:36:37 PM
Earlier this year the LibRetro crew unveiled their work on a Vulkan renderer for their Nintendo 64 emulator while now they have been working on a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation One emulator, and it's already working...

ARM Offers Vulkan Linux Debugger Support

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:20:09 PM
Earlier this month ARM announced an updated Mali Graphics Debugger that includes Vulkan 1.0 tracing support on Linux...

Developers Explore Meson Build System For Wayland / Weston

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 06:40:14 PM
A growing number of GNOME projects have been exploring Meson as a next-gen build system with one of the benefits being much faster build times. Now Daniel Stone at Collabora is exploring using Meson for Wayland and its Weston Weston compositor...

libSoftFloat 1.0 Released, Still Working Towards Emulated FP64 Support For GPUs

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 04:58:24 PM
Last week marked the release of libSoftFloat 1.0, the library working to implement double-precision operations in pure GLSL 1.30 via bit twiddling operations and integer math. This is the most hopeful effort yet for getting OpenGL FP64 support exposed for older GPUs that lack native support...

Docker Benchmarks: Ubuntu, Clear Linux, CentOS, Debian & Alpine

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 02:46:07 PM
The latest target of our Linux benchmarking at Phoronix are running various performance benchmarks under different Docker operating system images. The images used for benchmarking were the latest of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, CentOS, Debian, and Alpine while comparing the benchmark results to running on the bare metal host.

Raspberry Pi's Open-Source VC4 Graphics Driver Seeing More Performance Work

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 01:18:47 PM
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has been focusing his latest VC4 driver efforts on performance tuning...

ARB_gpu_shader_int64 Sounds Like It's Ready For Mesa

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 01:04:26 PM
In addition to the big Mesa shader cache patch series hitting the mailing list over night, Ian Romanick at Intel sent out another big patch series: his revised work on ARB_gpu_shader_int64 support...

Clear Linux Is Now Auto-Updating, Switches To Mesa 13.0

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:08:00 PM
Intel's high-performance Clear Linux distribution is now auto-updating by default, including for packages like Mesa and the X.Org Server...

Intel Has More DRM Feature Code Ready For Linux 4.10, GVT Going Mainline

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 11:12:16 AM
Intel had already sent in two feature pull requests of new features/changes improvements to their DRM driver for Linux 4.10 (pull requests one and two) while now another feature pull has been submitted and there's also expected to be a last-minute fourth pull request...

Mesa's On-Disk Shader Cache Revised For The 7th Time

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 11:00:07 AM
Timothy Arceri of Collabora has now revised the massive patch-set implementing an on-disk shader cache for Mesa with the work nearing completion, at least for the Intel i965 driver...

Fresh Haswell & Skylake OpenGL vs. Vulkan Benchmarks On Linux 4.9, Mesa 13.1-dev

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 01:00:00 AM
Last week I published some fresh Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks of AMD/NVIDIA GPUs in AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA On Linux With OpenGL and Vulkan, but for those wanting some fresh Intel OpenGL vs. Vulkan Linux numbers, I have some fresh data to share this evening...

Ubuntu Prepping Its 16.04 "Rolling HWE Kernel"

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:28:59 AM
Similar to past Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) releases, Ubuntu 16.04.2 and beyond will feature hardware enablement kernels back-ported from newer Ubuntu releases in order to allow new hardware to work on these older LTS releases, but now the Xenial Xerus is switching to a concept of a "rolling HWE kernel."..

Qualcomm Adreno A5xx Open-Source Driver Bringup For Freedreno

Monday 28th of November 2016 08:45:09 PM
There's now patches for bringing up open-source graphics driver support in the Freedreno stack for Qualcomm's latest-generation Adreno graphics hardware...

More Darktable GPU/CPU Benchmarks - 27 Different Setups

Monday 28th of November 2016 06:35:10 PM
This morning I posted a 20-way Darktable OpenCL comparison for this open-source digital photography workflow software that can make great use of GPUs. Those results were well-received and there were requests for more CPU data, so here are some Darktable benchmarks on more Linux boxes...

Mesa 13.0.2 Released, Includes Many Intel/RADV Vulkan Driver Fixes

Monday 28th of November 2016 04:24:23 PM
For those riding the stable Mesa release train, Mesa 13.0.2 is now available as the newest Mesa 13.0 point release...

Mir/Ubuntu Developer Talks Up Mir Outside Of Unity 8

Monday 28th of November 2016 04:18:37 PM
Most talk these days of Ubuntu's Unity 8 next-gen desktop experience and their Mir display server goes hand-in-hand since the change-over is planned in-step before Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but there's a new Ubuntu Insights blog post up working to promote Mir as more than just tech for the Unity 8 desktop...

The Systemd-Free Debian Fork Celebrates Its Second Birthday

Monday 28th of November 2016 02:14:28 PM
Devuan, the Debian fork that frees the system of systemd, is now two years old...

The Latest On C++17, Early Work For C++20

Monday 28th of November 2016 12:00:00 PM
There was a C++ standards meeting recently in Issaquah, Washington and a report on it is now available with the latest on C++17 and early work around what will form C++20...

X-Plane 11 Beta Now Available, Demo Too

Monday 28th of November 2016 11:07:45 AM
Laminar Research has released their first public beta of the massive X-Plane 11.0 flight simulator update. It's a huge update and expect some bugs at this stage, but should be a very exciting release...

Phoronix Test Suite 6.8 Milestone 3 Provides A Final Early Look At "Tana"

Monday 28th of November 2016 07:55:35 AM
The third and likely final planned development release of Phoronix Test Suite 6.8-Tana is now available for your cross-OS, fully-automated and reproducible benchmarking needs...

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  • LibRetro's Vulkan PlayStation PSX Renderer Released
    A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available. For those wanting to relive some PlayStation One games this week or just looking for a new test case for Vulkan drivers, the Vulkan renderer for the LibRetro Beetle/Mednafen PSX emulator is now available, months after the LibRetro folks made a Vulkan renderer for the Nintendo 64 emulator.
  • Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10
    The Etnaviv DRM-Next pull request is not nearly as exciting as MSM getting Adreno 500 series support, a lot of Intel changes, or the numerous AMDGPU changes, but it's not bad either for a community-driven, reverse-engineered DRM driver for the Vivante graphics cores.
  • Mesa 12.0.4 Being Prepped For Ubuntu 16.10/16.04
    Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported. Mesa 12.0.4 is exciting for dozens of bug fixes, including the work to offer better RadeonSI performance. But with Mesa 12.0.4 you don't have the RADV Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.5, or the other exciting Mesa 13 work.

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