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Ubuntu 22.10 Bringing Some Performance Uplift For Intel Xeon Scalable

12. Září 2022 - 16:00
Now that Ubuntu 22.10 is into its feature freeze and its Linux 5.19 based kernel landed as well as moving to the GCC 12.2 compiler, I've begun testing this forthcoming Ubuntu Linux (non-LTS) release on more systems. For the current-flagship Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 "Ice Lake" processors, Ubuntu 22.10 does deliver some performance advantages over the current Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS release. However, Ubuntu 22.10 still trails in a distance behind Intel's own Clear Linux platform for the most aggressive out-of-the-box performance.

PyTorch Foundation Formed By Meta, AMD, NVIDIA, & Others To Advance AI

12. Září 2022 - 15:00
The PyTorch Foundation has been formed under the Linux Foundation umbrella by Meta (Facebook), AMD, AWS, Google Cloud, Meta, Microsoft, and NVIDIA to focus on providing the leading-edge AI framework...

Linux 6.1 To Have Working Support For Xbox Elite Paddles, Expanded Controller Support

12. Září 2022 - 14:52
A number of improvements to the XPad input driver are slated to be included with the upcoming Linux 6.1 kernel to better handle the Microsoft Xbox controllers and other derivative designs...

Mesa 22.3 Lands New "Rusticl" OpenCL 3.0 Implementation

12. Září 2022 - 11:25
Karol Herbst of Red Hat has seen his new "Rusticl" implementation merged into mainline Mesa! Mesa 22.3 next quarter will introduce this new Rust-written OpenCL 3.0 implementation that will hopefully be more successful than the existing Gallium3D "Clover" OpenCL driver...

Rust UEFI Firmware Targets Look For A Promotion To Tier-2

12. Září 2022 - 11:07
David Rheinsberg of Red Hat who is a contributor to systemd, BUS1, KMSCON, and other projects over the years is leading an effort seeking to get Rust's UEFI firmware targets promoted to a tier-2 class...

Aquacomputer High Flow Next To Be Supported With Linux 6.1

12. Září 2022 - 10:53
Added to the mainline Linux kernel last year was a Aquacomputer HWMON driver for initially supporting the German company's water-cooling pump under Linux with access to the fan speed, power, voltage, current, and coolant temperature. Since then that open-source driver developed by the community has been extended to cover an Aquacomputer fan controller and different models. For the Linux 6.1 cycle coming up there are more additions to the Aquacomputer driver...

Vulkan-Using X-Plane 12 Flight Simulator Now Available In Beta Form

12. Září 2022 - 10:37
Last week Laminar Research promoted X-Plane 12 to its early access public beta phase. This realistic flight simulator continues to natively support Linux -- and doing so well for many years -- and now with X-Plane 12, the Vulkan steps up past their long-used OpenGL renderer...

Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 Livestream

12. Září 2022 - 10:13
The Linux Plumbers Conference has returned to being an in-person event and is running today through Wednesday in Dublin, Ireland...

Linux 6.0-rc5 Released After A Calm Week Of Kernel Development

11. Září 2022 - 22:08
Linus Torvalds has just announced Linux 6.0-rc5 as the latest test release of Linux 6.0 that is working its way toward a stable release in early October...

Linux 6.1 Adding Option To Disable Spectre-BHB On Arm Due To "Great Impact" On Performance

11. Září 2022 - 16:55
Disclosed back in March was the Spectre-BHB / Branch History Injection (BHI) speculative execution vulnerability that on the Arm side affected CPUs from the likes of the Cortex-A15 through A78 series as well as the likes of the X1, X2, and A710, plus the Neoverse E1 / N1 / N2 / V1 CPUs. Now for Linux 6.1, a command-line option is being added for ARM64 to be able to disable the Spectre-BHB mitigation due to the "great impact" to performance...

AMD Prepares s2idle Fixes For AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Powered ASUS Laptops

11. Září 2022 - 13:58
For those recently picking up an ASUS laptop powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile 6000 series "Rembrandt" SoCs or considering such a device, AMD has prepared a set of fixes for the suspend-to-idle support...

Apple M1 Pro/Max/Ultra Device Trees Under Review For Linux

11. Září 2022 - 11:26
The Device Tree (DT) files needed by the Linux kernel for Apple Macs powered by the M1 Pro, Max, and Ultra SoCs have been submitted on the kernel mailing list for review and working their way towards upstream...

Linux Sees A New Attempt At Threaded Console Printing

11. Září 2022 - 11:13
As part of the multi-year effort to overhaul the Linux kernel's printk() code there has been much work in recent months around threaded console printing so each registered console would have a kernel thread and console printing would be decoupled from the printk() callers. That work was aimed for Linux 5.19 but then reverted due to troubles. There is now a new implementation in the works...

FLAC 1.4 Released With AArch64 Optimizations, Faster x86_64 FMA

11. Září 2022 - 10:39
FLAC 1.4 was released on Friday as the "Free Lossless Audio Codec" that is known for its great, no-cost lossless compression for digital audio...

Intel Talks Up Their oneVPL Acceleration Within FFmpeg

11. Září 2022 - 10:30
Last month Intel began landing oneVPL support within FFmpeg as their video processing and acceleration library that is part of their oneAPI toolkit. The oneVPL Video Processing Library supports CPU-based execution as well as native Intel GPU acceleration for their latest Gen12/Xe hardware with a focus on Arc Graphics / DG2 hardware, targeting the Intel Media SDK for their older GPUs, and can be adapted for other possible back-ends...

Ubuntu Summit Making A Return In November

11. Září 2022 - 9:49
Canonical used to host a stellar in-person event each Ubuntu Linux development cycle with the Ubuntu Developer Summit. That was over a decade ago and then it became largely a virtual event and then faded away in favor of Canonical's internal road-map planning and other developer sprints among their employees. Coming up in November in Prague is the return of an in-person official event with the Ubuntu Summit...

Debian 11.5 Released With NVIDIA Driver Security Fixes, Linux Retbleed Mitigation, Other

10. Září 2022 - 22:45
The Debian project today released Debian 11.5 and Debian 10.13 as the newest versions of their free GNU/Linux operating system...

AMD Aims To Squeeze More EPYC Performance Out Of Linux With User-Space Hinting For Tasks

10. Září 2022 - 14:36
AMD engineers are working to better optimize the Linux kernel's scheduler for split-LLC (last level cache) processor designs, namely to benefit their EPYC server processors...

Intel Posts Big Linux Patch Set For "Classes of Tasks" On Hybrid CPUs, Thread Director

10. Září 2022 - 11:40
Sent out as a "request for comments" on Friday night was a new patch series out of Intel introducing the notion of "classes of tasks" for the Linux kernel so that the scheduler can make better decisions on hybrid processors like with Intel's Alder Lake processors and upcoming Raptor Lake. This also provides a more complete implementation of Intel Thread Director for Linux and may also be used as the basis for instruction set differences between the performance and efficient cores...

Intel Sends Updated GPU Firmware Handling, More Meteor Lake Graphics Code For Linux 6.1

10. Září 2022 - 11:06
Intel engineers have submitted another batch of "i915" kernel graphics driver changes intended for Linux 6.1 that include updated GuC firmware version handling, more DG2/Alchemist Arc Graphics work, and also more Meteor Lake "MTL" enablement for that successor to Raptor Lake...