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Intel oneDNN 2.7 Released With Sapphire Rapids & DG2 Optimizations, AMD GPU Bringup

28. Září 2022 - 9:48
Aligned with Intel's Innovation event happening this week in San Jose, Intel on Tuesday released oneDNN 2.7 as the newest version of their deep neural network library. In addition to optimizing support for new Intel hardware, oneDNN 2.7 also has AMD GPU support...

NVIDIA Beta Driver Update Revises Vulkan Video Support

28. Září 2022 - 5:00
NVIDIA on Tuesday released the 515.49.18 Linux beta driver and the 517.55 beta driver for Windows. Most notable with the Vulkan beta driver updates are revising the support for the latest Vulkan Video provisional extensions...

Intel Publishes Xe Super Sampling "XeSS" 1.0 SDK

27. Září 2022 - 20:00
Yet more news from Intel's Innovation event taking place in San Jose is the initial SDK source code availability of the much anticipated Xe Super Sampling. XeSS is Intel's alternative to AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and NVIDIA DLSS...

Google Releases Chrome 106 With SerialPort BYOB, Security Fixes

27. Září 2022 - 19:36
Google this afternoon promoted Chrome 106 to their stable channel for Linux, ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows users of this web browser...

Intel Arc Graphics A770 Launching 12 October For $329 USD

27. Září 2022 - 18:20
In addition to announcing 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs, Intel also announced their Arc Graphics A770 flagship graphics card will be launching in just two weeks...

Intel Announces 13th Gen "Raptor Lake" - Linux Benchmarks To Come

27. Září 2022 - 17:20
Monday saw the AMD Ryzen 7000 series review embargo lift and retail availability beginning today for those Zen 4 desktop CPUs. Intel meanwhile is using today -- the first day of their second annual Innovation event in San Jose -- to announce 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" processors for aiming to take AMD's Zen 4 head-on...

Intel Confirms "On Demand" Upgrades With Sapphire Rapids (Software Defined Silicon)

27. Září 2022 - 17:20
Intel at their Innovation conference confirmed that 4th Gen Xeon Scalable "Sapphire Rapids" processors will feature an optional "on demand" activation model...

Intel Developer Cloud Launches For Pre-Launch Software Development/Testing

27. Září 2022 - 17:20
Intel at their Innovation event this week in California is talking up the new Intel Developer Cloud. The Intel Developer Cloud aims to make it easier for customers/partners/developers to test new and future hardware platforms...

Rust v10 Patches Posted Ahead Of Expected Merging With Linux 6.1

27. Září 2022 - 15:43
Miguel Ojeda who has led the work on the Rust programming language infrastructure support for the Linux kernel today posted the tenth version of these patches. It is these Rust v10 patches that are expected to be mainlined as soon as next week for the Linux 6.1 kernel merge window...

MGLRU Patches Merged To "mm-stable" Ahead Of Linux 6.1 - New Benchmarks Look Good

27. Září 2022 - 12:50
As further indication of MGLRU hopefully being mainlined for Linux 6.1 as planned, the Multi-Gen LRU patches have now been moved to Andrew Morton's mm-stable branch...

Thanks Microsoft: RadeonSI Enables Async VA-API For Faster Video Acceleration

27. Září 2022 - 12:33
Last week I wrote about how Microsoft landed a VA-API improvement in Mesa to support faster Video Acceleration API encoding with FFmpeg. That code was initially only wired up for the Microsoft D3D12 driver within Mesa for WSL use-cases, but now AMD has taken advantage of the new capability for RadeonSI Gallium3D usage with their Radeon GPUs...

Mesa 22.3 Lands Open-Source Radeon Driver CPU Overhead Optimizations

27. Září 2022 - 11:20
There have been some notable merges this week for Mesa 22.3, particularly as it concerns the open-source Radeon graphics driver code...

Pyston 2.3.5 Released As Speedy Alternative To CPython

27. Září 2022 - 11:00
Pyston as what was born at Dropbox as a speedy open-source Python implementation is out with a new update as it continues to focus on maximizing performance. Dropbox ceased work on Pyston years ago while the developers continued and since last year joined Anaconda to continue their performant Python quest...

VKD3D 1.5 Lands In Wine For Updated Direct3D 12 Over Vulkan

27. Září 2022 - 10:46
VKD3D 1.5 was recently tagged as the newest version of this Direct3D 12 over Vulkan implementation used by Wine and originally an upstream to Valve's VKD3D-Proton. VKD3D 1.5 has been integrated into Wine Git ahead of next week's Wine 7.19 release...

High-Speed Mold 1.5 Linker Released With PPC64LE, SPARC64 & RISC-V BE Targets

27. Září 2022 - 10:17
Mold 1.5 is out today as the newest version of this open-source, high-speed linker alternative to the likes of GNU Gold and LLVM LLD...

Linux 6.0 Merges The AMD Performance Fix For The Old "Dummy Wait" Workaround

26. Září 2022 - 23:48
This morning I called attention to some pending work around a 20 year old chipset workaround in the Linux kernel had been hurting modern AMD systems by erroneously still applying the change to modern hardware. Fortunately, that patch has now been picked up by Linus Torvalds in time for the Linux 6.0 kernel expected for its stable debut next weekend...

openSUSE ALP Prototype "Les Droites" Releasing This Week

26. Září 2022 - 16:52
Earlier this year it was shared that SUSE/openSUSE is developing the Adaptable Linux Platform "ALP" for next-generation SUSE Linux Enterprise. Coming out later this week is the first public preview of openSUSE ALP...

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X / Ryzen 9 7950X Benchmarks Show Impressive Zen 4 Linux Performance

26. Září 2022 - 14:00
The review embargo just lifted for the AMD Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" desktop processors ahead of their retail availability this week. As such there are a few Phoronix articles today looking at these Zen 4 processors under Linux and many benchmarks whole several more follow-up articles will be coming over the weeks ahead. For the launch-day review I have the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X processors. Let's take a look at the significant performance improvements to find with the AMD Ryzen 9 7900 series under Linux.

AMD Zen 4 AVX-512 Performance Analysis On The Ryzen 9 7950X

26. Září 2022 - 14:00
While much of AMD's briefings for the Ryzen 7000 desktop series were focused on gaming and other consumer workloads, one of the most exciting aspects for me with the Ryzen 7000 series is AMD now supporting AVX-512. But rather going for a 512-bit FPU data path and the possibility of reduced clock frequencies and power/thermal concerns, they employed a 256-bit "double pumping" strategy. When getting the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X in the lab, exploring the AMD Zen 4 AVX-512 performance was one of the areas I was most excited to evaluate. From the benchmarks about to be shown, AMD's initial AVX-512 implementation is promising and has me all the more excited for finding it on AMD EPYC "Genoa" processors.

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X / 7950X Linux Gaming Performance

26. Září 2022 - 14:00
Today the review embargo expires on the AMD Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors ahead of their retail availability this week. Over the past two weeks I have been testing the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X processors as the initial review samples (I should be receiving the Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 7 7700X CPUs this week, AMD is staggering their review seeding of the different models). In this article to get things started are my initial Linux gaming benchmarks with the Ryzen 9 7900X/7950X compared to an assortment of other AMD and Intel systems.