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  • Keith Packard Plumbs Direct Display Extensions Into RADV & ANV

    As part of his ongoing contract work for improving virtual reality head-mounted display (VR HMD) support on the Linux desktop, now that his DRM leasing and other X.Org Server / kernel level work is getting in order, Keith Packard sent out a set of patches implementing direct display extensions for Mesa's Radeon RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers.

  • Gallium3D Now Supports NIR Shader Disk Cache

    With the Gallium3D OpenGL on-disk shader cache most notably used right now by the RadeonSI driver, TGSI is the intermediate representation currently being cached to the disk for speeding up game load times, etc. Given the RadeonSI NIR back-end continuing to mature, Timothy Arceri of Valve has added NIR caching support.

  • LunarG's Vulkan SDK 1.0.68 Released

    LunarG today has begun shipping an updated version of their SDK based against the upstream and current Vulkan 1.0.68 specification.

  • Core i9 7980XE vs. Threadripper 1950X On Linux 4.15 With Ubuntu 18.04

    With more than one hundred different benchmarks, here are some fresh tests of the Core i9 7980XE and Ryzen Threadripper 1950X boxes when running on the Linux 4.15.2 stable kernel atop a daily snapshot of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

    For those curious about how the CPU performance is on Linux 4.15 following the Spectre and Meltdown mitigation work, in the days ahead will be a larger CPU comparison using the latest kernel release. For those wondering about the Linux 4.15 + Ubuntu 18.04 performance for high-end desktop platforms, I ran a larger comparison of tests just on the Core i9 7980XE and Threadripper 1950X systems.

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