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Graphics: AMD's Open-Source Strategy Turns 10, Mesa 17.2.4 and More

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  • AMD's Open-Source Strategy Is Now Ten Years Old
  • mesa 17.2.4

    In Mesa Core we have included a change to prevent KOTOR from breaking when in combination with the ATI fragment shader extension. Additionally, NIR has also received a correction.

  • Mesa 17.2.4 Released While Mesa 17.3 Continues To Bake

    Mesa 17.2.4 is now available as the newest stable release of Mesa 3D while Mesa 17.3 is up to its second release candidate.

    Mesa 17.2.4 was released today with several Intel OpenGL/Vulkan fixes, memory leak fixes for the Mesa state tracker, a Vulkan windowing system integration memory leak fix for X11, and some other small fixes.

  • Etnaviv Gallium3D Reaches OpenGL 2.1

    It was just days ago that the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver made it to OpenGL 2.0 while now it's reached the OpenGL 2.1 threshold.

AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM With Linux 4.14 On GCN 1.0/SI GPUs

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It's been a while since last testing the older GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics cards with the AMDGPU DRM driver rather than the default Radeon DRM driver. Here are some fresh comparison tests using some original GCN graphics cards with the two DRM drivers while pairing it with Mesa 17.4-dev, including Vulkan tests that are made possible by switching over to the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver.

GCN 1.0 Sothern Islands and GCN 1.1 Sea Islands graphics cards continue to default to using the mature Radeon DRM driver rather than AMDGPU DRM, which is treated as experimental for GCN 1.0/1.1 while being the requirement for GCN 1.2 graphics processors and newer. Through Linux 4.15 at least, GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs will still be using the Radeon DRM by default, but the AMDGPU support for these older generations of Radeon GPUs is becoming more mature with less regressions, no display headaches this time around, some UVD porting for GCN 1.0 on AMDGPU being a work-in-progress, and PowerPlay fixes having recently landed in the kernel.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.2.4, Slang and More

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  • Mesa 17.2.4 to Bring Several Fixes for Intel and AMD Radeon Drivers on Linux

    The developers of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library are preparing to launch a new maintenance update to the current Mesa 17.2 stable series, which will bring more improvements to supported drivers.

    Mesa 17.2.4 is currently being tested internally as a Release Candidate, which means it won't be long until the final release hits the streets, so we want to give you a heads up to what you can expect from this version. This is a stability update, so you should expect it to fix annoyances and other reported issues.

    For Intel GPUs, the Mesa 17.2.4 update brings several fixes, including for the compiler and the ANV Vulkan driver, but it looks like there's also a patch for the Intel i965 OpenGL driver to avoid breaking Beignet and VA-API, as well as other contexts in the system when they're used in combination with any version of the Mesa 17.2 series.

  • Slang Continues To Advance For Easing Shader Writing, Cross-Compiling Shaders

    NVIDIA and Carnegie Mellon University continue working on the Slang project for providing improved functionality around existing Direct3D HLSL and OpenGL GLSL shaders as well as developing its own shading language.

    Besides working on its own shading language that is inspired by Microsoft's HLSL, Slang allows cross-compiling shader code written in their language to HLSL, GLSL, DirectX bytecode, or SPIR-V. HLSL and GLSL code can also make easy use of Slang's libraries. When feeding HLSL or GLSL code into the Slang compiler, it can take care of some tedious steps of the shader writing process, full reflection information about parameters of the shader code, and various other helpers around graphics shader writing.

  • Intel ANV Vulkan Driver Patches For Cross-Stage Link Optimizations

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CompuLab IPC3, Testing 10 Mini PCs / Small Form Factor Linux PCs

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The IPC3 is CompuLab's latest-generation Intense-PC. It may look similar to past IPC models, but is now equipped with the latest generation Intel Core CPUs while remaining fan-less and within an all-metal housing that's extremely durable.

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Ethereum + OpenCL Benchmarks With The Latest AMDGPU-PRO Mining & NVIDIA Linux Drivers

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Last week AMD released a new AMDGPU-PRO driver aimed for cryptocurrency mining that is their first release in the new v17.40 series. This new driver also allows adjusting the fragment size for increased performance and at least for mining yields a big performance boost. Here are some fresh benchmarks on multiple Radeon graphics cards using 17.40 with the amdgpu vm_fragment_size set for 2MB compared to the latest NVIDIA 387 Linux graphics driver on various GeForce GPUs.

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AMD EPYC 7551 Linux Benchmarks

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One step below AMD's current top-end EPYC 7601 server processor is the EPYC 7551. The EPYC 7551 costs around $800 USD less than the 7601 while still being a 32 core / 64 thread part but with slightly lower clock frequencies. In this article is a look at the EPYC 7251 / 7351P / 7401P / 7551 / 7601 Ubuntu Linux performance compared to various Intel Xeon CPUs in our lab.

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Kernel/Graphics: Intel, NVIDIA and AMD

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  • Intel Has Been Working On A New User-Space File-System For Persistent Memory

    Intel developers have been working on a new user-space file-system designed for persistent memory. This user-space file-system is designed to be high-performance and does not make use of FUSE. 

  • Intel Beignet 1.3.2 OpenCL Released With Some Improvements

    A new release is now available of Beignet, Intel's open-source project providing Linux OpenCL compute support for their Iris/HD/UHD Graphics products.

    Out today is Beignet 1.3.2 and it basically boils down to being a point release. Beignet 1.3.2 has some new Intel Gemini Lake graphics IDs added in, LLVM 4.0 / LLVM 5.0 is officially supported, introduction of the cl_intel_required_subgroup_size extension, and an assortment of other bug fixes.

  • NVIDIA Announces The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Shipping In Early November

    Today's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti announcement is hardly a surprise given all the recent leaks about this new card, but NVIDIA announced it today and will be shipping in early November. 

    The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti features 2432 CUDA cores compared to 1920 with the non-Ti 1070, a slightly higher base clock and the same boost clock speed, and 8GB of GDDR5 video memory.

  • Looking Ahead To AMD Ryzen Mobile On Linux

    Following AMD on Twitter teasing new Ryzen announcements the past few days, today is expected to be the launch day for the new Ryzen Mobile hardware up to now known as "Raven Ridge".

    We weren't briefed ahead of time on the Ryzen Mobile launch and are not under any NDA for today's event. We do know that it's the Ryzen Mobile 5 2500U and Ryzen Mobile 7 2700U launching today and they are what was known as the "Raven Ridge" codename up until now with these mobile parts featuring Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics.

  • Etnaviv Gallium3D May Eventually Tackle OpenCL

    Two developers from the Pengutronix embedded Linux company out of Germany presented at this week's Embedded Linux Conference in Europe. There they talked about zero-copy video streaming on embedded systems, and as part of that, the Etnaviv open-source graphics driver.

    Etnaviv for new Phoronix readers is the long-standing effort providing open-source, reverse-engineered graphics driver support for Vivante graphics. Developers at Pengutronix have been among those working on the Etnaviv driver stack, which currently consists of an in-tree kernel DRM driver and Gallium3D driver in Mesa.

RadeonSI/RADV Mesa 17.3 + AMDGPU DC vs. NVIDIA 387.12 Linux Gaming Performance

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With Mesa 17.3 now having been branched for its stable release next month and that bringing much improved RADV Radeon Vulkan performance and more mature RX Vega support along with a ton of other improvements, here is a fresh comparison of the newest open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver code compared to the latest NVIDIA Linux driver on a range of graphics cards.

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ASUS PRIME Z370-A Running Great On Linux

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For those looking at assembling a new system around Intel's 8th Gen Core "Coffee Lake" CPUs, the motherboard I've been conducting most of my Linux tests from has been the ASUS PRIME Z370-A. A few weeks of use with this motherboard, I'm happy with this Intel Z370 motherboard.

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GNU: Glibc, GIMP, GCC

  • Glibc 2.27 Lands Yet More Performance Optimizations
    Earlier this month I wrote how Intel engineers have been busy with continuing to tune glibc's performance with FMA and AVX optimizations. That work has continued but also other architectures continue tuning their GNU C Library performance ahead of the expected v2.27 update. There has been a ton of optimization work this cycle, particularly on the Intel/x86_64 front. For those with newer Intel 64-bit processors, this next glibc release is shaping up to be a speedy update.
  • GIMP PIcks Up Support For The New Flatpak/FreeDesktop.org Screenshot API
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