Nearly Two Decades Later, ATI Radeon R300 Linux Driver Sees Occasional Improvement

While earlier this year AMD shifted their Radeon Software driver focus to only supporting Polaris / GCN 1.4 and newer, when it comes to the open-source driver support on Linux there still is occasional activity going back to the ATI Radeon R300 days from nearly two decades ago.

39 Minutes Ago – Radeon – R300 Gallium3D Red Hat / Fedora To Focus On Driving New Linux Video Improvements Around PipeWire

PipeWire from the start was designed around handling the needs of both audio and video streams on Linux. While PipeWire is already in use for screencasting/recording under Wayland and working with Flatpak’ed applications, recently much of PipeWire’s focus has been on addressing the use-cases of JACK and PulseAudio on the sound side. Now that the audio support is in quite good shape, Red Hat engineers are back to focusing on improvements to the video support.

Fedora Server 35 Performance Looking Good – Initial Benchmarks With Intel Xeon Ice Lake

Given this week’s release of Fedora 35 Beta I have begun my benchmarking to look at how this next installment of Fedora Linux is shaping up given that it tends to be at the forefront of open-source innovations given Red Hat’s investments. For our initial F35 benchmarking is looking at the Fedora Server 35 Beta performance compared to Fedora 34 on a dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 server.

LLVM 13.0 Released With Official Flang Binary Packages, Improved OpenCL Clang Support

LLVM 13.0 was tagged overnight as the latest half-year update to this widely-used, very powerful open-source compiler stack.

11 Hours Ago – LLVM – LLVM 13.0 PoCL 1.8 OpenCL Implementation Coming With LLVM 13 Support, Better SPIR-V On CUDA

The first release candidate of the forthcoming PoCL 1.8 “Portable Computing Language” implementation is now available for testing.

12 Hours Ago – Standards – Portable Computing Language Arm Begins Adding Armv9 Support To The GNU Compiler Toolchain

Arm engineers have begun landing their Armv9 enablement work in the GNU compiler toolchain.

13 Hours Ago – Arm – ARMv9 Proton Experimental Enables NVIDIA DLSS For D3D12 Games, Proton Now Handles More Games

Valve published new versions of Proton and Proton Experimental last night.

15 Hours Ago – Valve – Proton Updates Linux 5.15, AMD / Radeon Advancements, Intel SDSi Dominated Discussions This Month

That’s a wrap for September with 229 original news articles and another 13 featured Linux hardware reviews / multi-page benchmark articles, all written by your’s truly. It was another eventful month with Linux 5.15 moving forward, a lot of driver activity by AMD and Intel, and other open-source milestones like the release of GNOME 41 and the shipping of the Ubuntu 21.10 and Fedora 35 beta releases.

20 Hours Ago – Phoronix – September 2021

30 September

Intel Exploring CPU+GPU Synchronized Priority Scheduling For Linux

Intel’s open-source Linux graphics driver engineers are evaluating possible improvements to the Linux kernel for accommodating CPU and GPU synchronized priority scheduling.

30 September 03:34 PM EDT – Intel – CPU + GPU Scheduling New AMD Linux Audio Driver Patches Posted – Aimed For Enhancing Chromebook Support

In addition to Linux 5.15 adding a new AMD audio driver for “Van Gogh” APUs such as found in the forthcoming Steam Deck, AMD’s open-source Linux driver engineers have also been working on other audio improvements — this time on the Chromebook front.

30 September 02:58 PM EDT – AMD – AMD Audio Intel Announces Loihi 2, Lava Software Framework For Advancing Neuromorphic Computing

Intel has some new announcements around their neuromorphic computing research.

30 September 11:00 AM EDT – Intel – Loihi 2 + Lava Linux Achieves 5.1M IOPS Per-Core With AMD Zen 3 + Intel Optane

Linux kernel developers have been working tirelessly to squeeze more performance out of IO_uring and the block / I/O code in general. IO_uring lead developer Jens Axboe who also serves as the Linux block subsystem’s maintainer (among other roles and major contributions over the years) has used his system as a baseline for evaluating such kernel improvements. He’s now moved to using AMD Zen 3 while sticking to Intel Optane storage and is seeing a mighty speed boost out of AMD’s latest processors.

PostgreSQL 14.0 Released With More Performance Improvements

PostgreSQL 14.0 is now officially available as the latest version of this widely-used, open-source SQL server.

30 September 09:19 AM EDT – Programming – PostgreSQL 14 Linux 5.16 To Feature More Extensible VirtIO GPU Driver With “Context Types” Addition

Google’s work on the VirtIO DRM kernel driver around the notion of “context types” and being able to initialize different types of contexts is set to be merged for Linux 5.16 in opening up more use-cases for this driver that is an important part of the open-source virtualization graphics stack for graphics.

Qt 6.2 LTS Released With Qt6 Now Aiming To Be Ready For Widespread Adoption

Qt 6.2 LTS is out today as the first long-term support release in the Qt6 series and also with all of the major modules now ported over from Qt5 in aiming to make this a suitable point to transition from Qt 5.15 LTS.

30 September 06:38 AM EDT – Qt – Qt 6.2 AMDVLK 2021.Q3.7 Driver Released With New Extensions, More Optimizations

AMD has pushed out one more code drop of their AMDVLK official open-source Vulkan driver before ending out the quarter.

30 September 06:09 AM EDT – Radeon – AMDVLK 2021.Q3.7 Ampere Altra Max 128-Core CPU Is Priced Lower Than Flagship Xeon, EPYC CPUs

From our Ampere Altra Max M128-30 Linux performance preview earlier this week, one of the questions a number of readers were wondering about and a question I also still had open was on the Altra Max pricing… I’ve now received the current price list and actually comes in much lower than expected for a 128-core CPU in 2021.

30 September 05:55 AM EDT – Arm – Competitive Pricing

29 September

Mesa 21.2.3 Released As A Small Update To This Graphics Driver Stack

Succeeding Mesa 21.2.2 from earlier this month that was a much delayed and in turn very large release, Mesa 21.2.3 is out today and it’s on the quieter side.

29 September 07:27 PM EDT – Mesa – Mesa 21.2.3 “pkill_on_warn” Proposed For Killing Linux Processes That Cause A Kernel Warning

A new kernel option was proposed today called “pkill_on_warn” that would kill all threads in a process if that process provoked a kernel warning.

Libcamera Maturing Well As Open-Source Camera Stack

Libcamera as an open-source camera stack that has been coming together over the past few years has been maturing quite well, broadening its supported hardware and feature set, and more in filling a void in the Linux camera ecosystem.

29 September 02:30 PM EDT – Hardware – libcamera 2021 Windows 11 WSL2 Performance Is Quite Competitive Against Ubuntu 20.04 LTS / Ubuntu 21.10

Recently I carried out some updated Windows 11 benchmarks against Linux to look at how this forthcoming Microsoft operating system release is competing with Ubuntu. In this article is a fresh look at the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) performance on the near-final Windows 11 against Ubuntu Linux.

AMD Aims For 30x Energy Efficiency Improvement For AI Training + HPC By 2025

AMD this morning announced a goal of increasing the energy efficiency of EPYC processors running AI training and high performance workloads by 30x… Within the next four years.

29 September 09:09 AM EDT – AMD – EPYC + Instinct LibreOffice Lands Initial Code For Qt6 Toolkit Support

Merged this morning into the LibreOffice code-base is the initial Qt6 VCL plug-in.

29 September 08:54 AM EDT – LibreOffice – LibreOffice + Qt6 VCL Updated Zstd Implementation For The Linux Kernel Coming Soon

While the Linux kernel is increasingly supporting the use of Zstd for various compression purposes, the current Zstd code within the kernel is out-of-date and efforts so far to re-base it against the closer to upstream Zstd state have been stalled. Fortunately, a new attempt at getting the Zstd code updated for the Linux kernel will be published soon.

28 September

Steam Beta Improves Its Vulkan Pre-Caching System, PipeWire Capture Now Opt-In

With the initial Steam Deck release quickly approaching, Valve continues to be quite busy on a variety of improvements to enhance their Steam Linux builds.

28 September 08:51 PM EDT – Valve – Smarter Pre-Caching RadeonSI Driver Merges NGG Improvements, Other Optimizations For Mesa 21.3

AMD open-source driver developers today merged another big set of patches providing various micro-optimizations and other enhancements to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

28 September 06:35 PM EDT – Radeon – Mesa 21.3 Improvements Linux 5.16 To Expose AMD PSF Disable Bit To KVM Guests

While the Linux kernel still hasn’t added any formal control yet for AMD Predictive Store Forwarding to disable it short of also toggling Spectre V4 / SSBD, with the Linux 5.16 kernel the AMD PSF bit will now be exposed to KVM guest virtual machines so that they — either with a patched/future kernel or for other operating systems — may choose to toggle explicitly disable this AMD CPU feature.

28 September 02:48 PM EDT – AMD – Predictive Store Forwarding Fedora 35 Beta Released With Many New Features, Countless Package Updates

After seeing some initial release challenges, Fedora 35 Beta was released today across the Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, and Fedora IoT flavors as well as their other versions.

28 September 01:48 PM EDT – Fedora – Fedora 35 Ampere Altra Max M128-30 Linux Performance Preview

The past month we have started our testing of Ampere’s Altra Max M128-30, the company’s new 128 core server processor, and in this article today are our initial benchmarks of this promising chip for high core count servers in both 1P and 2P configurations tested.

Vulkan 1.2.194 Brings New Extension For Google’s Fuchsia OS

Vulkan 1.2.194 is out as the latest spec revision to this high performance graphics and compute API.

28 September 09:29 AM EDT – Vulkan – VK_FUCHSIA_buffer_collection Picolibc Continues Maturing As Very Lightweight C Library For The Embedded World

While Keith Packard is known for his work on X11/X.Org, the past few years he has also been developing Picolibc as a C library intended for embedded systems. He also recently jumped from SiFive to Amazon and appears at the ecommerce giant to be working on Picolibc in an official capacity, presumably for use on Amazon’s growing hardware devices.

OmniOS Adds VirtFS File Sharing For Bhyve, Better System Console Performance

The open-source Solaris/Illumos ecosystem certainly isn’t vibrant these days like back during the Sun Microsystems times with OpenSolaris, but OmniOS continues progressing as one of the few still-active and useful Solaris/Illumos-powered platforms.

Fedora’s Java Packages Have Fallen Into Rough Shape

While many years ago Fedora’s Java support was in great shape with quickly integrating OpenJDK going back to IcedTea, these days Fedora’s Java packages are barely maintained and largely fallen into disrepair.

28 September 05:51 AM EDT – Fedora – Fedora + Java Is Not Good AMD Posts Code Enabling “Cyan Skillfish” Display Support Due To Different DCN2 Variant

Since July we’ve seen AMD open-source driver engineers posting code for “Cyan Skillfish” as an APU with Navi 1x graphics. While initial support for Cyan Skillfish was merged for Linux 5.15, it turns out the display code isn’t yet wired up due to being a different DCN2 variant for its display block.

28 September 12:00 AM EDT – Radeon – DCN 2.01

27 September

Linux 5.16 To Bring Initial DisplayPort 2.0 Support For AMD Radeon Driver (AMDGPU)

A batch of feature updates was submitted today for DRM-Next of early feature work slated to come to the next version of the Linux kernel.

27 September 05:46 PM EDT – Radeon – AMDGPU DP 2.0 “Intel Software Defined Silicon” Coming To Linux For Activating Extra Licensed Hardware Features

There has been talk of Intel moving to offer more license-able/opt-in features for hardware capabilities found within a given processor as an upgrade. We are now seeing the Linux signs of that support coming with a driver for “Intel Software Defined Silicon” to allow for the secure activation of such features baked into the processor’s silicon but only available as an up-charge option.

27 September 02:45 PM EDT – Intel – Intel Software Defined Silicon Testing The New ASUS Platform Profile Support In Linux 5.15

With the in-development Linux 5.15 kernel there is now support for ACPI Platform Profiles on supported ASUS laptops. This ASUS laptop platform profile support joins the likes of HP, Dell, and Lenovo laptops already having this support exposed under Linux that allows users to control their power/performance preference. Here are some tests with the ASUS ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage laptop with the platform profile options under Linux 5.15.

Bcachefs Merges Support For Btrfs-Like Snapshots

It’s been a while since having any news to report on Bcachefs as the promising open-source file-system born out of the Linux kernel’s block cache code. However, Kent Overstreet continues working tirelessly on it and has now merged Bcachefs’ snapshot support.

Nintendo Crypto Driver Being Worked On For Linux, Yields Much Better AES Performance

The Linux kernel support around the Nintendo Wii and Wii U game console hardware continues to improve and now a new Nintendo crypto driver is being tackled based on reverse-engineered documentation.

27 September 05:22 AM EDT – Linux Kernel – Nintendo Wii AES Driver Lavapipe Mesa Software Driver Enables Vulkan 1.2 Support

Adding to the growing list of Mesa 21.3 features for next quarter’s feature release is Lavapipe now supporting Vulkan 1.2.

27 September 05:10 AM EDT – Mesa – Lavapipe + Vulkan 1.2