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Broadcom Bringing Up Linux Support For VK Accelerators Broadcom developers have been recently volleying open-source Linux driver patches for enabling their "VK Accelerators" on the platform...
RADV Vulkan Driver Adds Option For Zeroing Out Video Memory New to Mesa 20.1-devel is a new option for the Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver to enable zeroing out video memory allocations...
Linux NUMA Patches Aim To Reduce Overhead, Avoid Unnecessary Migrations A set of patches that continue to be worked on for the Linux kernek is reconciling NUMA balancing decisions with the load balancer. Ultimately this series is about reducing unnecessary task and page migrations and other NUMA balancing overhead...
FreeBSD vs. Linux Scaling Up To 128 Threads With The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Last week I looked at the Windows vs. Linux scaling performance on the Threadripper 3990X at varying core/thread counts followed by looking at the Windows 10 performance against eight Linux distributions for this $3990 USD processor running within the System76 Thelio Major workstation. Now the tables have turned for our first look at this 64-core / 128-thread processor running on the BSDs, FreeBSD 12.1 in particular. With this article is looking at the FreeBSD 12.1 performance and seeing how the performance scales compared to Ubuntu 20.04 Linux and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 based CentOS Stream.
GNOME Shell + Mutter See Changes For Tracking Software Rendering, VNC To Toggle Animations GNOME Shell and Mutter saw a set of patches land today for GNOME 3.36 that have been around for a few months and deal with the tracking of software rendering and VNC usage where GNOME Shell should in turn disable animations to ease the rendering workload...
Raptor Rolls Out New OpenBMC Firmware With Featureful Web GUI For System Management While web-based GUIs for system management on server platforms with BMCs is far from anything new, Raptor Computing Systems with their libre POWER9 systems does now have a full-functioning web-based solution for their OpenBMC-powered systems and still being fully open-source...
Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics To Support 12-Bit HEVC/VP9 Decode We are learning more about the media engine capabilities with the forthcoming Intel "Gen12" (Xe) Tiger Lake graphics...
Linux Will Finally Stop Flickering With AMD Stoney Ridge On 4K Displays For those still running the AMD "Stoney Ridge" mobile APUs from 2016 that were launched aside Bristol Ridge with Excavator-based CPU cores and GCN 1.2 graphics, the Linux kernel has a fix finally for flickering issues when driving a 4K display off the APU...
Rav1e 0.3.1 Is 25~40% Faster At Low Speed Levels For Rust-Based AV1 Encoding It was not even two full weeks ago that Rav1e 0.3 was released with speed optimizations and other AV1 encoding enhancements while released on Tuesday was Rav1e 0.3.1 with a change to boost encode speeds at lower levels...
NVIDIA Posts Firmware Needed For Open-Source GeForce 16 Series Acceleration As written about last week, in the works for the Linux 5.7 kernel this spring is open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" acceleration for the GeForce 16 series. That code is currently sitting in the Nouveau development tree until landing in DRM-Next for Linux 5.7, but NVIDIA has now posted the necessary firmware binaries needed for enabling the hardware acceleration on these Turing GPUs...
Mesa 20.0 Released With Big Improvements For Intel, AMD Radeon Vulkan/OpenGL Mesa 20.0 is now released as the first quarter 2020 update to the Mesa 3D open-source graphics driver stack...
LLVM Adds MLIR-Vulkan-Runner To Run MLIR On Vulkan-Enabled GPUs Added to the LLVM source tree today is mlir-vulkan-runner as a new utility for testing with some interesting possibilities...
Android 11 Developer Preview Shows Off New 5G APIs, Security Hardening, HDMI Low-Latency Google has made their first public developer preview release of the forthcoming Android 11...
GNOME 3.34.4 Released With Many Bug Fixes While GNOME 3.36 will be released in just a few weeks, GNOME 3.34.4 is out today as the latest stable update in the current series...
Mesa 20.0 Is Imminent With New Intel OpenGL Default, Intel + RADV Vulkan 1.2, OpenGL 4.6 For RadeonSI With the release of Mesa 20.0 being imminent, here is a look at all of the new features for this first quarter update to the Mesa 3D stack for open-source OpenGL/Vulkan drivers.