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GTK4 Now Allows More Efficient Usage With Its Vulkan Renderer

Sunday 6th of October 2019 04:03:04 AM
This week the GTK 4.0 development code picked up support for making use of the VK_KHR_incremental_present extension with its Vulkan renderer in order to allow much more efficient behavior...

Radeon RADV "ACO" Performance On Mesa 19.3 Looking Good

Sunday 6th of October 2019 12:17:24 AM
With the ACO shader compiler back-end merged for Mesa 19.3 as of mid-September and more improvements merged since then, it's now very easy to try out this alternative to AMD's longstanding AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end. ACO, which is developed by Valve and their contractors outside of AMD, is looking quite good not only for quicker shader compilation (more punctual game load times) but also helping the performance of some Vulkan-powered games. Here are our latest ACO benchmarks.

DAV1D vs. LIBGAV1 Performance - Benchmarking Google's New AV1 Video Decoder

Saturday 5th of October 2019 07:13:12 PM
With the surprise code drop of Google developing a new open-source AV1 video decoder as "libgav1", I set out this Saturday to run benchmarks on various systems for seeing how the performance is looking for this CPU-based decoder in relation to the more well known DAV1D decoder...

"LIBOUTPUT" Proposed As New Library For Helping To Bring Up New Compositors & More

Saturday 5th of October 2019 06:51:14 PM
Coming out of informal discussions from this week's X.Org Developers Conference in Montreal, a "liboutput" library has been proposed as a theoretical new library for helping to bring up Wayland compositors, X11 window managers, and anything else wanting to interface with DRM/KMS kernel interfaces...

Google Uncovers CPU Bug For Geminilake, Affecting At Least Firefox & Chrome

Saturday 5th of October 2019 02:48:33 PM
We were alerted this morning to a CPU bug resulting in crashes for Intel Geminilake processors. At least Chrome and Firefox are affected but sounds like other software may be affected too, just that Google has enough engineering resources for investigating the issue...

Radeon ROCm 2.9 Released With New "RALI" Library, rocTX

Saturday 5th of October 2019 01:26:14 PM
Just one week after the release of Radeon Open Compute 2.8, AMD has now released ROCm 2.9 as the newest feature release for this open-source GPU Linux compute stack for Radeon hardware...

Ubuntu Desktop ZFS Install Support Lands In Ubiquity Installer

Saturday 5th of October 2019 12:05:57 PM
With less than two weeks to go until the Ubuntu 19.10 release, on Friday the experimental ZFS root file-system install support was merged into the Ubuntu desktop "Ubiquity" installer...

Ubuntu Desktop ZFS Install Support Lands In Ubiquity Installer

Saturday 5th of October 2019 12:05:57 PM
With less than two weeks to go until the Ubuntu 19.10 release, on Friday the experimental ZFS root file-system install support was merged into the Ubuntu desktop "Ubiquity" installer...

Intel OpenCL Stack Updated Against LLVM/Clang 9.0

Saturday 5th of October 2019 11:15:32 AM
Intel's open-source crew on Friday released version 19.39.14278 of their compute/OpenCL runtime...

Intel OpenCL Stack Updated Against LLVM/Clang 9.0

Saturday 5th of October 2019 11:15:32 AM
Intel's open-source crew on Friday released version 19.39.14278 of their compute/OpenCL runtime...

Google Has Been Developing "libgav1" As New AV1 Decoder

Saturday 5th of October 2019 10:59:22 AM
While there exists DAV1D as one of the most promising AV1 decoders to date, Google has been developing libgav1 as its own AV1 decoder and focused on Arm-powered Android devices but also x86_64 desktop CPUs as well...

Google Has Been Developing "libgav1" As New AV1 Decoder

Saturday 5th of October 2019 10:59:22 AM
While there exists DAV1D as one of the most promising AV1 decoders to date, Google has been developing libgav1 as its own AV1 decoder and focused on Arm-powered Android devices but also x86_64 desktop CPUs as well...

Zink's OpenGL Over Vulkan Implementation Aiming For Mesa 19.3 Integration

Saturday 5th of October 2019 04:18:15 AM
For the past year "Zink" has been in development as the OpenGL API implemented over Vulkan and done as a Gallium3D driver. That code by Collabora's Erik Faye-Lund will likely be merged to Mesa 19.3 in the coming weeks...

Zink's OpenGL Over Vulkan Implementation Aiming For Mesa 19.3 Integration

Saturday 5th of October 2019 04:18:15 AM
For the past year "Zink" has been in development as the OpenGL API implemented over Vulkan and done as a Gallium3D driver. That code by Collabora's Erik Faye-Lund will likely be merged to Mesa 19.3 in the coming weeks...

AMDGPU Performance In Linux 5.4 Is Now Faster With "Bulk Moves" Landed

Friday 4th of October 2019 11:42:53 PM
Linux 5.4 is already exciting with its many new features and changes but was made even more so on Friday night with the honoring of the latest DRM fixes pull request that includes the "fix" of enabling LRU bulk moves for the AMDGPU DRM driver!..

AMDGPU Performance In Linux 5.4 Is Now Faster With "Bulk Moves" Landed

Friday 4th of October 2019 11:42:53 PM
Linux 5.4 is already exciting with its many new features and changes but was made even more so on Friday night with the honoring of the latest DRM fixes pull request that includes the "fix" of enabling LRU bulk moves for the AMDGPU DRM driver!..

DXVK 1.4.2 Released With Fix For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Friday 4th of October 2019 09:48:28 PM
DXVK 1.4.2 is out as another weekly update to this Direct3D 11 over Vulkan translation library used by Wine / Proton for accelerating Windows games on Linux...

It Looks Like HDMI FreeSync/VRR For Linux + Wayland Support Will Eventually Come For AMD

Friday 4th of October 2019 04:57:15 PM
AMD provided an update on their Linux FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync support at this week's X.Org Developers Conference event in Montreal. There's good news both for HDMI and Wayland Linux users with Radeon graphics...

Blender 2.80 & LuxCoreRender Performance With NVIDIA RTX SUPER Comparison

Friday 4th of October 2019 03:11:10 PM
Complementing the 18-way NVIDIA GPU compute comparison from earlier this week with now having our hands on the RTX 2060/2070/2080 SUPER graphics cards, this round of NVIDIA Linux testing is looking at the Blender 2.80 and LuxCoreRender 2.1/2.2 performance for these popular rendering programs that offer CUDA acceleration.

The ACO Radeon Compiler Alternative To AMDGPU LLVM Looks Good But Work Isn't Done Yet

Friday 4th of October 2019 01:46:53 PM
In addition to Intel announcing their work on the new "IBC" compiler back-end for their OpenGL/Vulkan drivers, the developers working on the Radeon "ACO" in cooperation with Valve were presenting the latest work on their compiler back-end at this week's XDC 2019 event in Canada...

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