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Docker Benchmarks: Ubuntu, Clear Linux, CentOS, Debian & Alpine

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The latest target of our Linux benchmarking at Phoronix are running various performance benchmarks under different Docker operating system images. The images used for benchmarking were the latest of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, CentOS, Debian, and Alpine while comparing the benchmark results to running on the bare metal host.

These Docker images were all tested on the same system: Core i7 6800K, MSI X99A WORKSTATION motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 system memory, 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics.

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Mesa 13.0.2 Released, Includes Many Intel/RADV Vulkan Driver Fixes

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For those riding the stable Mesa release train, Mesa 13.0.2 is now available as the newest Mesa 13.0 point release.

As covered last week, the 50+ changes in this version include many fixes to VC4, i965, Radeon, and RADV drivers. There are also a number of Vulkan WSI (windowing system integration) fixes plus driver specific work, more smoke-testing, and memory leak fixes. The Intel Mesa driver also has received its share of support for Intel Geminilake hardware coming out in 2017.

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20-Way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Darktable OpenCL Photography Performance

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With the holiday season in full swing, whether you are just a casual photographer or professional, Darktable is easily one of the best photography workflow applications and it's free software! Darktable has offered OpenCL acceleration for providing faster performance on GPUs and with the imminent Darktable 2.2 release there is even better OpenCL results. For those curious about the OpenCL performance of Darktable, I've done some Darktable 2.2-RC1 benchmarks on a variety of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux.

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Also: More Darktable GPU/CPU Benchmarks - 27 Different Setups

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NVIDIA vs. AMDGPU-PRO vs. RadeonSI OpenGL Comparison For Holidays 2016

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If you are planning to upgrade your graphics card in a Linux system this holiday season, here are some fresh benchmarks of several different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards with various Linux gaming tests under Ubuntu. The AMD tests were done both with the latest RadeonSI Gallium3D stack as well as the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver.

Tested on the AMD side was the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, RX 460, and RX 480 with both the fully-open driver stack (Linux 4.9 Git + LLVM 4.0 SVN + Mesa 13.1-dev Git as of the end of the week) and then AMDGPU-PRO 16.40.

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AMD, Radeon, and RadeonSI

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

    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!

  • LLVM 4.0 Causes Slow Performance For RadeonSI?

    Several times in the past few weeks I've heard Phoronix readers claim the LLVM 4.0 SVN code causes "slow performance" or has rendering issues. Yet it's gone on for weeks and I haven't seen such myself, so I decided to run some definitive tests at least for the OpenGL games most relevant to our benchmarking here.

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

    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

    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.

Mesa 13.0.2

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  • Mesa 13.0.2 3D Graphics Library to Improve the Intel and Radeon Vulkan Drivers

    Today, November 24, 2016, Collabora's Emil Velikov announced the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming second Mesa 13.0 3D Graphics Library point release.

    That's right, Mesa 13.0.2 3D Graphics Library is now in the works, and it looks like it's slated for release on November 25, 2016, around or shortly after 5pm GMT, promising a bunch of new fixes for the open source Intel i965, Radeon, and VC4 graphics drivers, as well as multiple improvements for the Intel ANV Vulkan and Radeon Vulkan (RADV) drivers.

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

    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.

    Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is hoping to get the 13.0.2 release out the door this weekend, but today he's issued the 13.0.2-RC1 test release. There are currently around 50 changes set for the Mesa 13.0.2 bug-fix release. Highlights include many fixes to VC4, i965, Radeon, and RADV drivers. There are also a number of Vulkan WSI (windowing system integration) fixes plus driver specific work, more smoke-testing, and memory leak fixes.

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Intel Graphics Installer for Linux 2.0.3 Supports Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 24

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One of our readers informs us about the general availability of the Intel Graphics Update Tool 2.0.3 for Linux-based operating systems, which finally brings support for the latest Ubuntu and Fedora releases.

Previously known as Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, the Intel Graphics Update Tool is designed to let users install the latest graphics drivers for their Intel HD GPUs. It's specifically made for Ubuntu and Fedora distributions, and the latest version finally adds support for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and Fedora 24, though Fedora 25 is out.

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