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  • OpenCL 2.2 Sees A Maintenance Update With Document Clarifications, Bug Fixes

    While OpenCL 2.2 support by the major hardware vendors' drivers are sadly languishing, a new maintenance release of this year-old OpenCL standard was issued today to provide various bug fixes as well as documentation clarifications to the specification. Additionally, there is also an update to the OpenCL SPIR-V specification.

  • AMD's Compressonator 3.0 Brings Better Texture Compression

    AMD's GPUOpen team has released Compressonator 3.0, the latest major update to this tools collection for dealing with texture and 3D model compression and optimizations for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

    The Compressonator 3.0 release brings improved texture compression, mesh optimizations, mesh compression support, and other enhancements.

  • AMDKFD In Linux 4.18 Bringing Vega GPU Support

    The AMDKFD kernel driver in the upcoming Linux 4.17 has the long-awaited discrete Radeon GPU support working so it can be used with the ROCm/OpenCL compute user-space, but Vega GPU support wasn't ready for this release. Fortunately, it's ready for Linux 4.18.

  • Four Years After Launch, AMD Kaveri Sees Huge Performance Boost On Linux

    For those making use of AMD Kaveri APUs, the latest Linux graphics stack improvements will now yield much better performance -- up to twice as fast in some instances! Here are some benchmarks with Ubuntu 18.04 on the AMD A10-7870K.

  • X.Org Server 1.21 Opens For Development

    Following the long drawn out and feature-packed X.Org Server 1.20 cycle, the 1.21 window officially opened up today.

    Adam Jackson of Red Hat who continues serving as the X.Org Server release manager today did the post-1.20 version bump to begin allowing new feature material to land for this next cycle.

    For the time being xserver Git is living as version 1.20.99.1 and Adam's latest codename is "Carrot and Ginger Soup."

    No release plans have been posted yet, so it remains to be seen if 1.21 will aim to get back on a six-month release cadence like X.Org had been getting good at delivering on. Or if it will be like 1.20 where it was one and a half years in the making.

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