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SUSE Developers Publish Radeon GCN Backend Code For GCC Compiler

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 6:31pm
While the AMDGPU "GCN" compiler support in LLVM is quite mature now, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) hasn't yet received a full-fledged GCN compiler back-end for AMD GPUs. SUSE developers have been working on that for AMD and today they have published their code branch. This GCN back-end for GCC is primarily focused on compute capabilities rather than compiling graphics shaders...

Guetzli: Google Rolls Out A New JPEG Encoder

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 6:15pm
Google has announced Guetzli, not a German cookie, but rather a new open-source algorithm for creating high-quality JPEGs that are 35% smaller than currently available methods...

Hammering The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X With An Intense, Threaded Workload

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 5:05pm
Today I got around to running a very heavy/demanding, very real-world workload on the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X that I've been meaning to test with this Zen CPU...

Trying Out LLVM 4.0's LLD Linker On Ubuntu 17.04 vs. GNU LD, GNU Gold

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 2:42pm
With this week's LLVM 4.0 release making the LLD linker ready for production use on some platforms, namely ELF on x86_64 / AArch64, I decided to finally try it out on one of my test systems. I set LLD as the default linker on an Ubuntu 17.04 system and set off to run some benchmarks.

EXT4 Patch For Statx Support

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 1:10pm
The statx system call was added to Linux 4.11 for providing enhanced file stats. While the statx() system call is in place for Linux 4.11, not all of the file-systems yet support it...

Bcachefs Brings New On-Disk Format With Encryption, Better Multi-Device Support

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:43am
Kent Overstreet has announced a major update to Bcachefs, the new Linux file-system formed out of the advanced Bcache block layer caching code...

GNOME 3.24 RC2 Released

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:43am
The final GNOME 3.23 development release is out ahead of next week's planned GNOME 3.24 debut...

xf86-video-ati 7.9 / xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3 DDX Driver Updates

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:37am
Michel Dänzer of AMD has announced new releases of their X.Org DDX drivers: xf86-video-ati 7.9 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3. The changes in the updates are similar while the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX is paired to work with the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver while the xf86-video-ati driver continues on for the mature Radeon DRM...

DragonFlyBSD On NVMe SSDs: Samsung Good, Intel 600p Not

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:26am
DragonFlyBSD lead developer Matthew Dillon has been testing out various NVMe M.2 SSDs under his BSD operating system to see how these latest-generation storage devices perform...

AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Launching Next Month, 4 & 6 Core Options

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:12am
AMD has confirmed that Ryzen 5 CPUs will begin shipping on 11 April...

Threaded OpenGL Dispatch Lands In Mesa 17.1

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:06am
The long-standing patches for implementing threaded OpenGL dispatch have landed in Mesa 17.1-devel Git...

Pipeline Statistics Queries Wired Up For Intel ANV Vulkan Driver

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 1:14am
Pipeline statistics queries is the latest Vulkan capability being added to the Intel "ANV" Mesa Vulkan driver...

DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER File-System Gets Important Write Performance Boost

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 12:57am
Matthew Dillon has discovered an important bug in the DragonFlyBSD kernel's VFS cluster code affecting the HAMMER file-system write performance...

Future Vulkan Work Items: Advanced Compute, Improved HLSL Interop

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 8:35pm
While watching Khronos' GDC17 presentation recordings, Piers Daniell of NVIDIA touched on some possible future work items for Vulkan during the When Vulkan was One session...

Mesa 13.0.6 Is Being Prepared For Release With Many Backported Changes

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 7:57pm
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov is arranging to release Mesa 13.0.6 in the days ahead...

X.Org Server 1.19.3 Released

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 6:36pm
Adam Jackson has announced xorg-server 1.19.3 as the latest point release for the long-living X.Org Server...

2017 GDC Khronos/Vulkan Videos Now Available

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 4:02pm
The Khronos session videos from this year's Game Developers' Conference (GDC 17) are now available online...

6-Way Linux Distribution Comparison On AMD's Ryzen

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 3:01pm
Given AMD's Ryzen is a very new platform, some Phoronix readers have inquired whether a given distribution is a faster and better-supported than others. Here are tests of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, Debian, Antergos, Fedora, and openSUSE tested with an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X system.

QEMU 2.9 Is Being Prepped With New Functionality

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 12:12pm
QEMU 2.9-rc0 was tagged yesterday as this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack prepares for its next major release...

LLD Linker Declared Ready For Production On x86_64 ELF Platforms

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 11:47am
LLVM developer Rui Ueyama is encouraging the "dogfeeding" of their linker, LLD, that should now be ready for production use on some platforms/architectures with this week's LLVM 4.0 release...