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  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adds Google gRPC Project

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) which itself is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, is expanding its roster of supported projects today with the addition of the gRPC project.

    The gRPC project is an open source, high performance remote procedure call (RPC) framework originally developed by Google. The gRPC project has already been used outside of Google, with CoreOS and Netflix among the technology's adopters.

  • gRPC - The Protocol Of Microservices Joins The Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Patches For FP64 Support For OpenGL 3.0 GPUs On Mesa
  • How The Ryzen 7 1800X Compares To The Performance Of Systems By Phoronix Readers

    Yesterday on top of the main Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks and the follow-up Linux gaming benchmarks, I also posted some extra Ryzen benchmark results and encouraged Phoronix readers to compare their own system's performance to our data using our open-source, automated benchmarking framework.

  • The Impact Of GCC Zen Compiler Tuning On AMD Ryzen Performance

    The latest in our AMD Ryzen Linux benchmarking is looking at the impact of compiled binaries when making use of Zen "znver1" compiler optimizations with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) compared to other optimization levels like Bulldozer and K8-SSE3.

    With the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X running on Ubuntu 17.04 development with Linux 4.10 and GCC 6.3, I carried out some compiler benchmarks when trying different tuning levels for the Ryzen processor. It was way back in March of 2015 when AMD began on Zen support in GCC with the introduction of the "znver1" CPU type for signifying the first version of Zen.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Linux Benchmarks: Great Multi-Core Performance For $329

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Yesterday we posted launch-day Ryzen 7 1800X Linux benchmarks that were particularly appealing for multi-core / heavily-threaded workloads like code compilation. Given all the code compilation done by Linux users in particular, if you were intrigued by the Ryzen 7 1800X performance but find the $499 USD price-tag to be too higher, today I have my initial benchmark figures on the Ryzen 7 1700. The Ryzen 7 1700 is still eight cores and sixteen threads but will only set you back $329 USD as the current low-end Ryzen processor for what's currently available.

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Linux Foundation and Linux, Graphics

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  • Linux and Open Source Lead New Era of Software Development

    With the rapid growth of virtualized infrastructure and containerization, open source software and especially Linux are leading the way into a new era of software development. That was the message Al Gillen, vice president of the software and open source group at IDC, told the crowd at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Lake Tahoe in February. In his talk, Gillen charted the growth of Linux and other open source initiatives from 2001 to the present. The picture his data painted was a positive one for the open source community.

    “The future is all about open source, and we see very much open source becoming the standardization layer that enables everything else we do in the industry,” Gillen said.

  • Genode 17.02 uses Linux TCP/IP stack as file system

    The just released version 17.02 of the Genode OS framework comes with greatly enhanced virtual file-system capabilities, eases the creation of dynamic system compositions, and adds a new facility for processing user input. Furthermore, the components have become binary-compatible across kernel boundaries by default such that entire system scenarios can be moved from one kernel to another without recompiling the components.

    Genode's virtual file-system (VFS) infrastructure has a twisted history. Originally created as a necessity for enabling command-line-based GNU programs to run within Genode's custom Unix runtime, the VFS was later extracted as a separate library. This library eventually became an optional and later intrinsic part of Genode's C runtime. It also happened to become the basis of a file-system-server component. If this sounds a bit confusing, it probably is. But the resulting design takes the notion of virtual file systems to an new level.

  • Vulkan Descriptor Update Extensions Wired Up For Intel's ANV Driver
  • Khronos working on an '3D Portability Initiative' to enable portable development across Vulkan, DX12 and Metal

    The Khronos Group have announced a '3D Portability Initiative' to enable 3D applications that are portable across Vulkan, DX12 and Metal.

  • Mesa 17.0.1 Promises More Gallium and RadeonSI Improvements, First RC Out Now

    Collabora's Emil Velikov announced today the immediate availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development version of the upcoming Mesa 17.0.1 3D Graphics Library, which will be the first point release to the Mesa 17.0 series.

    Mesa 17.0.1 promises to be a hefty maintenance update that addresses approximately 70 issues discovered since last month's release of Mesa 17.0.0. Fixes have been implemented across all of the supported open-source drivers, including but not limited to RadeonSI, Gallium, Intel i965, Nouveau, Radeon RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan ones.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Linux Benchmarks

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The day many of you have been waiting for is finally here: AMD Zen (Ryzen) processors are shipping! Thanks to AMD coming around at the last minute, I received a Ryzen 7 1800X yesterday evening and have been putting it through its paces. Here is my walkthrough of the Linux experience for the AMD Ryzen and new motherboard and a number of the initial Linux benchmarks for this high-end Zen CPU while much more coverage is coming in the hours and days ahead.

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More Benchmarks Of The Latest Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Clear Linux

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For this round of testing was an Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 Skylake system with MSI C236A WORKSTATION motherboard, 32GB DDR4-2133 memory, 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and integrated HD Graphics P530.

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  • Initial Open-Source Accelerated Support Comes To Nouveau For GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080

    The patches are now out there for having initial accelerated support in the Nouveau DRM driver for the GeForce GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 series "Pascal" graphics cards. The signed firmware is being released and will allow these consumer graphics cards to now have hardware-accelerated support via the open-source driver.

    The patches were merged last night into the Nouveau DRM development tree for enabling Pascal hardware acceleration for the GP102 to GP107 Pascal GPUs. We should be seeing the binary firmware release to pair with the driver today. While this is a huge milestone and great to see it finally happen, do note this initial support doesn't yet have any re-clocking (similar to the Maxwell Nouveau support) and is basically in the same boat as Maxwell in terms of supported features, etc.

  • Collabora's Graphics Work So Far In 2017, They Are Working On Soft FP64 For Mesa

    Collabora developer and longtime X.Org/Wayland contributor Daniel Stone has written a blog post detailing some of the recent and ongoing projects being led by the consulting firm when it comes to open-source graphics.

    Collabora is involved in many of the open-source upstream Linux graphics development from the work on the Intel Mesa shader cache to employing the current Mesa release manager to advancing Wayland and Weston.

  • Mesa 17.0.1 Is Near, Release Candidate Is Out

    Emil Velikov has announced the availability today of the Mesa 17.0.1 release candidate.

    Mesa 17.0.1 RC has five dozen patches prepped for this first point release to Mesa 17. Mesa 17.0.1 has a GLVND fix, a number of crash fixes for Gallium3D drivers, improved compute shader support in Nouveau, Intel OpenGL and Vulkan fixes, and a wide range of other work. Mesa 17.0.1 as usual is mainly comprised of bug/regression fixes while Mesa 17.1 due out in about two months will be the next feature release.

  • NVIDIA 375.27.13 Linux Driver Released To Fix SteamVR

    NVIDIA released their new Vulkan beta driver on Monday to support the new Vulkan 1.0.42 extensions but that ended up breaking the SteamVR Linux support, which relies upon Vulkan. NVIDIA has now corrected this support.

  • New NVIDIA Vulkan beta driver released, fixing SteamVR problems

    NVIDIA have released another beta of their Vulkan driver, which includes a fix for a major problem with SteamVR.

  • NVIDIA have announced the 1080 Ti and it's a beast
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Announced: 3584 CUDA Cores, 11 GB vRAM, 11 Gbps

14-Way Intel/AMD Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.04 + Linux 4.10

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In preparation for Ryzen tests coming up in the near future, I've been running some fresh benchmarks across a range of Intel and AMD x86_64 Linux systems. For those curious about the current performance of Ubuntu 17.04 daily with the Linux 4.10 kernel, here are benchmarks from 14 of the systems.

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    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.
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