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RadeonSI's Gallium3D Driver Performance Has Improved Massively In The Past Year

Friday 25th of November 2016 02:00:00 PM
As some more exciting benchmarks to carry out this US holiday week, here are benchmarks of all major Mesa releases from Mesa 11.0 from mid 2015 through the latest Mesa 13.1-dev code as of this week. Additionally, the latest AMDGPU-PRO numbers are provided too for easy comparison of how the open-source AMD GCN 3D driver performance has evolved over the past year. It's a huge difference!

It Looks Like We'll Still See A GUI Control Panel For AMD Linux

Friday 25th of November 2016 01:06:11 PM
Earlier this year I exclusively reported on the "Radeon Settings" GUI control panel may be open-sourced for AMD Linux users but since then I hadn't heard anything publicly or privately about getting this graphics driver control panel on Linux for AMDGPU-PRO and the fully-open AMDGPU stack. But it looks like that it's still being worked on internally at AMD...

Yet More AMDGPU DAL Patches This Week For Testing

Friday 25th of November 2016 12:56:22 PM
It had been a few weeks since last seeing any new enablement patches for AMD's DAL display abstraction layer code, which is a big requirement for HDMI/DP audio, HDMI 2.0, potential FreeSync support, and also needed for next-generation GPUs. The lack of fresh DAL patches changed though this week when new patches were sent out and already another round of revising to this display code has now been mailed out for review...

More Offloading Code Hits GCC Mainline For Both HSA & NVPTX

Friday 25th of November 2016 12:40:05 PM
For those following GCC's offloading capabilities to devices like GPUs, more work continued being mainline this week. We are onto stage 3 development of GCC 7 but items that were still being reviewed at that time are still being allowed to land. It looks like in 2017 we may finally see more GCC support come to reality when it comes to AMD HSA support and OpenMP / OpenACC offloading to NVIDIA GPUs...

FreeDOS 1.2 RC2 Arrives, Still Evolving After 22 Years

Friday 25th of November 2016 12:43:35 AM
The second release candidate of FreeDOS 1.2 is now available, approximately one month after FreeDOS 1.2-RC1 and twenty-two years after the FreeDOS open-source project began...

Mesa 13.0.2 Being Prepped With Intel Geminilake Support, Vulkan Fixes & More

Thursday 24th of November 2016 09:46:43 PM
For those riding the Mesa 13.0 stable release train rather than the adventurous Mesa 13.1-dev Git code, the Mesa 13.0.2 stable update is right around the corner with many fixes...

RadeonSI vs. AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA On Linux For Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Thursday 24th of November 2016 05:30:00 PM
Aside from all the WARHAMMER benchmarking being done in the past few days on Phoronix since Feral Interactive released this latest Total War game for Linux, earlier this month the porting company also released another AAA title finally for Linux OpenGL gamers: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Here are some fresh benchmarks of that game using the newest Mesa Git code for RadeonSI, the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver, and NVIDIA's proprietary driver.

Darktable 2.2 Being Prepared For Release With Many Changes

Thursday 24th of November 2016 04:28:31 PM
This week marks the Darktable 2.2.0-RC1 release as the developers of this open-source photography workflow software prepare for its official release, just in time if you are planning to get some new camera gear this holiday season...

Mesa 12.0 vs. 13.0 vs. 13.1-devel Git OpenGL Skylake Benchmarks

Thursday 24th of November 2016 03:47:05 PM
For those curious about the Intel Skylake graphics performance between Mesa 12.0 and now, here are some fresh Git OpenGL benchmarks...

Qt 5.9 Planning For Feature Freeze, Other Changes

Thursday 24th of November 2016 01:41:25 PM
While Qt 5.8 hasn't even been released yet, there is already release planning that is happening around Qt 5.9...

RADV Lands More Improvements & Other New Patches Pending

Thursday 24th of November 2016 01:19:56 PM
In the absence of AMD open-sourcing their Vulkan driver code, the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver led by David Airlie and Bas Nieuwenhuizen continues to flourish. There is yet more exciting work that's landed this week for improving this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver...

Zapcc Still Aiming For "Super Fast" Compiler Performance

Thursday 24th of November 2016 03:29:16 AM
It's been a while since last covering Zapcc as a new, super-fast C/C++ compiler yet it has evolved and now the latest beta is reporting to show even more impressive performance gains...

GNOME Shell & Mutter Land New 3.24 Development Releases, NVIDIA Wayland Support

Thursday 24th of November 2016 01:17:09 AM
They missed Tuesday's GNOME 3.23.2 release, but available as of Wednesday evening is Mutter 3.23.2 and GNOME Shell 3.23.2...

Intel Skylake OpenGL vs. Vulkan Numbers With The Latest ANV Mesa Changes

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 10:00:00 PM
As some more fun benchmarks today -- yes, to make sure you're thinking about returning the favor via our Thanksgiving premium offer -- after some AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA Vulkan/OpenGL Linux benchmarks published this morning, here are some fresh OpenGL vs. Vulkan graphics API performance numbers on the Intel side with their Mesa "ANV" driver...

AMDGPU Gets RPM Fan Info, Clock/Power-Gating Improvements & More For Linux 4.10

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 09:23:26 PM
Last month AMD sent out their big feature pull to DRM-Next for staging ahead of Linux 4.10 while now a secondary feature pull request has been sent in of more material for this next kernel development series...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA On Linux With OpenGL & Vulkan

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:05:47 PM
With Croteam recently having released an updated Talos Principle with better Vulkan performance and the NVIDIA 375.20 and AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 both having come out recently, here is a fresh OpenGL and Vulkan graphics API performance comparison when using Valve's Dota 2 and The Talos Principle, both of which games on Linux offer both graphics API renderers.

OpenCL Remains One Of AMDGPU-PRO's Main Advantages, Can't Wait For It To Be Open

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:20:30 PM
While many in our forums and other Linux communities want to see "AMDGPU-PRO die" or for AMD to stop supporting the hybrid/proprietary driver given the pace of RadeonSI development for OpenGL and the emerging RADV for (unofficial) Vulkan support, OpenCL remains one of AMDGPU-PRO's strongholds. AMD has been working on opening up their proprietary compute stack, but for now it's there. Here are some fresh AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 benchmarks versus NVIDIA in LuxMark, one of the real-world OpenCL workloads where the AMD blob does very well...

RADV Vulkan Driver Patch For Initial PRIME Support

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:36:10 PM
David Airlie's latest hacking on the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver code has led to basic PRIME support for this unofficial driver...

OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 vs. Leap 42.2 vs. Tumbleweed Benchmarks

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 09:14:34 AM
For those curious how openSUSE Leap 42.2, which was released last week, compares performance-wise to Leap 42.1 and the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed, here are some benchmarks today for your viewing pleasure. Also included with this openSUSE performance comparison was Intel's Clear Linux distribution as an independent metric of a distribution that's generally among the fastest thanks to the aggressive optimizations by default.

It's Time For The Annual Thanksgiving Event To Support Our Linux Testing, Benchmarking

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:10:00 AM
Thankful for all of our content provided 365 days per year at Phoronix with not a 24+ hour break in nearly four years? Appreciate all of our prompt benchmarks of the latest enthusiast computer hardware and more? Like all of our original work on advancing open-source benchmarking via the Phoronix Test Suite,, Phoromatic, and more? Here is your chance to help out...

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  • Docker 1.13.0 Just Around the Corner as Docker 1.12.4 Enters Development
    Victor Vieux from the open source Docker app container engine released new development versions of the upcoming Docker 1.13.0 major milestone and Docker 1.12.4 maintenance update for the current stable series. The third Release Candidate (RC) version of Docker 1.13.0 arrived a couple of days ago with numerous minor tweaks and fixes to polish the software before it's tagged as ready for production and hits the streets, which should happen in the coming weeks. Docker 1.13.0 RC3 comes two after the release of the second RC build.
  • Pet Containers: You’re Not Doing it Wrong
    The conventional wisdom of Linux containers is that each service should run in its own container. Containers should be stateless and have short lifecycles. You should build a container once, and replace it when you need to update its contents rather than updating it interactively. Most importantly, your containers should be disposable and pets are decidedly not disposable. Thus the conventional wisdom is if your containers are pets, you’re doing it wrong. I’m here to gently disagree with that, and say that you should feel free to put your pets in containers if it works for you.


  • Vulkan/OpenGL Performance With AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev
    This morning's AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 preview included some 16.40 vs. 16.50 hybrid driver benchmarks, but for those wondering how 16.50 compares to Mesa 13.1-dev for RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan, here are some preliminary tests for the two current Vulkan AAA Linux games.
  • Here Is The AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Download Link
    AMD ran into a snag getting out the updated proprietary hybrid Linux driver stack this morning, but it's now available for download from AMD. This page has the 16.50 Linux x86/x86_64 driver available for download.
  • It Looks Like AMDGPU DC (DAL) Will Not Be Accepted In The Linux Kernel
    While AMD developers have been working to improve their "DAL" (now known as "DC") display code for the better part of the past year and this code is needed for new hardware support as well as supporting HDMI/DP audio on existing AMDGPU-enabled hardware plus other features, it's still not going to be accepted to the mainline kernel in its current form.

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