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CUDA vs. OpenCL GPGPU Performance On NVIDIA's Pascal

Sunday 12th of June 2016 04:03:53 PM
Following yesterday's Deep Learning and CUDA Benchmarks On The GeForce GTX 1080 Under Linux one of the Phoronix reader inquiries was about the OpenCL vs. CUDA performance on the GTX 1080... Is one GPGPU compute API faster than the other with NVIDIA's proprietary driver? Here are some side-by-side benchmarks...

Linux 4.7-rc3 Kernel Has Been Released To End A Quiet Week

Sunday 12th of June 2016 03:20:27 PM
Linus Torvalds announced the release this morning of the Linux 4.7-rc3 kernel...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. Linux 4.7 + Mesa 12.1-dev OpenGL Benchmarks

Sunday 12th of June 2016 12:36:52 PM
A few days back I posted a fresh comparison of AMDGPU-PRO against NVIDIA's binary driver on various GPUs. Those numbers didn't include any direct AMDGPU-PRO vs. open-source Radeon/AMDGPU + RadeonSI numbers, but here they are on a couple GPUs if you are curious about the state of Linux 4.7 Git and Mesa 12.1-dev...

Qt WebKit Looks To Be Making A Comeback

Sunday 12th of June 2016 12:13:48 PM
Within the upstream Qt tool-kit, the WebKit module was dropped in favor of Qt WebEngine that's powered by Google's Chromium "Blink" engine. While Qt WebEngine is still working out well for new development projects, it looks like Qt WebKit is being worked on for a revival...

There's A Project Working To Implement Direct3D D3D9 Over Vulkan

Sunday 12th of June 2016 01:47:35 AM
Many have hypothesized over implementing Direct3D over Vulkan for helping out the Linux gaming scene and as an alternative to Wine's Direct3D-to-OpenGL wrapper while a developer appears to have taken up the challenge and has been making progress in writing a Direct3D 9 compatibility layer over Vulkan...

Deep Learning & CUDA Benchmarks On The GeForce GTX 1080 Under Linux

Sunday 12th of June 2016 12:01:34 AM
Last week I published the first Linux review of the GeForce GTX 1080 followed by some performance-per-Watt and OpenGL results from the GTX 1080 going as far back as the 9800GTX, among other interesting follow-up tests with OpenGL/Vulkan/OpenCL. Since then one of the most popular requests has been for doing some deep learning benchmarks on the GTX 1080 along with some CUDA benchmarks, for those not relying upon OpenCL for open GPGPU computing. Here are some raw performance numbers as well as performance-per-Watt in the CUDA space.

POCL Has Been Making Progress On HSA Support

Saturday 11th of June 2016 09:22:21 PM
Faithful Phoronix readers should recall POCL as the Portable Computing Language project working to provide an open-source OpenCL implementation that can be run on CPUs and other targets. One of the initiatives being worked on more recently by POCL developers is an HSA driver...

Revised Patches For One Of The Last GL 4.4 Items For Intel's Mesa Driver

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:50:54 AM
Timothy Arceri of Collabora published his second version of patches on Friday for implementing ARB_enhanced_layouts packing support for Mesa's Intel i965 driver...

Chrome 53 Should Be Blazing Fast

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:41:50 AM
Chrome 52 Beta may have just been released, but I'm already looking forward to Chrome 53 for very significant performance improvements!..

Talos Principle Now Has Vulkan Optimizations, 32-bit Support

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:34:05 AM
For those wanting to play The Talos Principle this weekend, Croteam has released a significant update to the game...

Steam Client Now Stable With Better AMD Vulkan Performance

Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:24:14 AM
Valve released a stable Steam client update on Friday evening with all of the changes we've been seeing from the frequent beta releases...

FSF Issues Statement Against Intel's Management Engine (ME)

Friday 10th of June 2016 10:11:12 PM
The Free Software Foundation is a bit late to the party, but have finally come out publicly against Intel's Management Engine (ME)...

Chrome 52 Beta Brings CSS Containment, Push Improvements

Friday 10th of June 2016 06:22:33 PM
While Firefox beta users are busy trying out Electrolysis by default, Google engineers today released their 52 Beta for Chrome early testers...

Making The Case For Using Rust At Low Levels On Linux Systems

Friday 10th of June 2016 05:10:32 PM
Linux kernel developer Andy Grover who is employed by Red Hat has written a lengthy blog post making the case for using the Rust programming language for low-level Linux...

Wine 1.9.12 Works On More Shader Model 4 Support

Friday 10th of June 2016 02:56:48 PM
Just like clock work, the latest bi-weekly development build of Wine is available this morning...

Steam Client Stable vs. Beta Tests With Vulkan On AMDGPU-PRO

Friday 10th of June 2016 12:19:06 PM
Here's the impact of benchmarking Dota 2 with Vulkan using the stable Steam client versus the Steam client beta...

PHP 7.1 Alpha Released With Void Return Type, Multi Catch

Friday 10th of June 2016 11:47:18 AM
The first alpha release was made available on Thursday for the upcoming PHP 7.1...

Android-x86 6.0-RC1 Released With OpenGL ES Via Mesa, Linux 4.4.12

Friday 10th of June 2016 02:46:18 AM
After months of Android-x86 6.0 test releases, the Android-x86 "Marshmallow" release is up to the release candidate phase...

Fedora 24 Has Been Delayed Once More

Thursday 9th of June 2016 10:07:56 PM
Today was a Go/No-Go meeting and the Fedora stakeholders have determined the final release must slip by another week...

Microsoft Spins Its Own FreeBSD Image For The Cloud

Thursday 9th of June 2016 07:20:24 PM
Last year Microsoft announced their own Linux platform used by their Azure cloud in the networking space while now the company has announced their own FreeBSD spin for use by customers as a VM OS...

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Canonical, Snappy and the marketing value of collaboration
    Canonical implies it is collaborating with nearly every major Linux distro for its Snappy project. It is not. And what could have been a marketing win for it is now a loss.
  • How to install MongoDB community edition on Ubuntu Linux
    MongoDB is a NoSQL database that avoids the traditional structure of relational databases in favor of document-oriented JSON-like objects. What this translates to is the integration between application and data is faster and easier. If that's not enough, consider this: MongoDB is one the databases preferred by big data and large enterprise companies, including Adobe, Craigslist, eBay, FIFA, Foursquare, and LinkedIn.
  • No WhatsApp, but fixes set to come for Ubuntu Phone
    Users of the Ubuntu Phone will have to get used to the fact that popular Android apps like WhatsApp are unlikely to be made available for the platform, at least not in in the short term. Facebook owns WhatsApp and the communications app now has more than a billion users.
  • Ubuntu Developers Discuss Again About Dropping Support For 32-bit x86
    Ubuntu developers are once again pondering the possibility of dropping support for i386 (32-bit x86) as installation media for their Linux distribution. The matter of dropping Ubuntu i386 ISOs has been brought up many times the past few years, but ultimately it's kept getting pushed back for users still running Ubuntu Linux on old hardware and other reasons. Dropping Ubuntu for i386 keeps getting brought up namely for the installer media rather than the i386 package archive itself.

Sabayon 16.07 Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3, Introduces the First LXQt Flavor

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux computer operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of new respin ISO images for the month of July 2016. Right on the schedule, Sabayon 16.07 Live ISO images are now available for download, switching the OS to the latest Linux 4.6.3 kernel from the deprecated Linux 4.5 branch that shipped with the May ISO respins of the GNU/Linux distribution, Sabayon 16.05. Read more

Android Apps Turn Chromebooks Into Macbook Killers

  • Android Apps Turn Chromebooks Into Macbook Killers
    When Chromebooks launched in the summer of 2011, they seemed destined to fail, much like the underpowered, internet-dependent netbooks that came before them. But in the five years since, Chromebooks have defied expectations, becoming the most used device in US classrooms and even outselling Macs for the first time this year. Still, people complain about their inability to run useful software, but that’s all about to change.
  • Android apps could turn Chromebooks into MacBook killers

today's leftovers

  • Permabit Debuts Only Complete Data Reduction for the Linux Storage Stack
    Permabit Technology Corporation, the leader in data reduction technology, today announced the latest release of its Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software, VDO 6. The newest release of VDO delivers the company's patented deduplication, HIOPS Compression™ and thin provisioning in a commercial software package for Linux, expanding availability beyond the OEM marketplace to include the leading Professional Services organizations that are enabling today's modern Hybrid Cloud data centers.
  • My KIWI/OBS talk from oSC'16
    Last Friday, at openSUSE Conference 2016, I was giving a talk together with Christian Schneemann about KIWI and OBS (the events.opensuse.org software is not able to manage "two speakers for one talk", this is why I am not listed in the schedule).
  • AppliedMicro Announces the Availability of its Mudan Storage Platform at Red Hat Summit 2016
  • AsteroidOS smartwatch OS wants you, developers
    AsteroidOS is a new open source operating system specifically designed to serve software application development on smartwatches. The project is now gaining some traction and has been reported to now be looking for developer and community contribution engagement.