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Linux gaming is poised for a boost with new hardware, Vulkan graphics

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Hardware upgrades, including faster GPUs and CPUs, are poised to improve Linux gaming. The latest gaming titles will come to Linux much faster with Vulkan, a graphics technology that should drive gaming forward on the OS.

At E3 this week, Dell announced new Linux-based Alienware Steam Machines gaming PCs with Intel's latest Skylake CPUs and Nvidia GTX 960 GPUs. The catalog of top-line titles -- also called AAA titles -- for the Linux-based SteamOS will grow by the end of the year, said Chris Sutphen, senior marketing manager at Alienware.

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

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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.

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Also: CUDA vs. OpenCL GPGPU Performance On NVIDIA's Pascal

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

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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.

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Latest AMDGPU-PRO Ubuntu Linux Performance vs. NVIDIA, Including The GTX 1080

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Last week when posting my initial NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review the Radeon Linux performance numbers I included were from the latest open-source driver stack, since that's what most Phoronix readers seem interested in as of late given the rapid progress recently of OpenGL 4.x support inside Mesa, the hybrid driver stack also using the AMDGPU kernel driver, etc. But some people expressed curiosity over the AMDGPU-PRO performance relative to NVIDIA particularly with their new GTX 1080 graphics processor. So here is a fresh NVIDIA vs. AMDGPU-PRO graphics card comparison on Linux.

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OpenGL/OpenCL Performance & Perf-Per-Watt From NVIDIA's GeForce 9800GTX To GTX 1080

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Now that my initial GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review is out the door, I spent this weekend working on a "fun" comparison out of curiosity to see how the raw OpenGL and OpenCL performance has improved over the generations going back to the once-powerful GeForce 9800GTX plus including the top-end cards of the GeForce 600/700/900 Kepler and Maxwell series too.

Eight years ago, the GeForce 9800GTX (G92) was a beast with its 65nm GPU and 754 million transistors. The 9800GTX boasted a core clock of 675MHz and 2200MHz for its GDDR3 memory. The 9800GTX was rated for 648 single-precision GFLOPS and had a 140 Watt TDP. Fast forward to today, the GeForce GTX 1080 is fabbed on a 16nm process and has more than 7.2 billion transistors. The base core clock is 1607MHz (and 1733MHz boost) while having GDDR5X for its video memory. The GTX 1080 has a 180 Watt TDP and its single-precision rating is 8228~8873 GFLOPS. Quite impressive seeing how much more advanced Pascal is over hardware from eight years ago and is still being used by some.

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Benchmarks at Phoronix

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  • The Importance Of Benchmark Automation & Why I Hate Running Linux Games Manually

    Yet again with today's GeForce GTX 1080 Linux review there were multiple people asking "why XYZ Linux game wasn't tested", a recurring topic now over the past several years.

    XYZ game wasn't tested in that review or any other article since it can't be properly automated, that's usually the explanation whenever prompted in the forums. The game/engine wasn't either designed to be automated-benchmark friendly, the developers disabled it in the debug build, or in many cases when it's ported to Linux by companies like Feral Interactive they simply didn't bother with porting that functionality to Linux.

  • Some Extra, One-Off Benchmarks Of The GeForce GTX 1080 On Linux
  • See How Your Linux System Compares To The Performance Of A GeForce GTX 1080

    While finishing up the large GPU comparisons with the GTX 1080, I did run a few preliminary results in different benchmarks and uploaded them to OpenBenchmarking.org. Thanks to our benchmarking software, you can easily compare your own system to this $699 NVIDIA graphics card running under Linux.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 On Linux: OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan Performance

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$699 USD is a lot to spend on a graphics card, but damn she is a beauty. Last month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 1080 as the current top-end Pascal card and looked great under Windows while now finally having my hands on the card the past few days I've been putting it through its paces under Ubuntu Linux with the major open APIs of OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan, and VDPAU. Not only is the raw performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 on Linux fantastic, but the performance-per-Watt improvements made my jaw drop more than a few times. Here are my initial Linux results of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition.

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  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
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    Oron Gill Haus of Capital One came to MongoDB World to present on Hygieia, an open source DevOps dashboard built on MongoDB. Behind that dashboard lies an ambition to change the customer banking experience – no small feat. Prior to his keynote, Haus shared his team’s story with me.
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    In order to keep up with customers' expectation of a proactive service available 24x7 on many devices, US bank Capital One moved to an agile DevOps structure and a year ago released its own DevOps dashboard. While visualisation tools were available for continuous integration, scanning and testing, Capital One's development team was unable to find one that provided a complete overview of the whole production process. The dashboard they developed, called Hygieia, was open sourced to encourage rapid development. It is currently in version 2.0. VP of engineering Gil Haus explained some of the thought processes that went into the creation of Hygieia.
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