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Marek Working Towards Even Lower SGPR Register Usage

Sunday 18th of February 2018 03:15:13 PM
Yesterday well known open-source AMD developer Marek Olšák landed his RadeonSI 32-bit pointers support for freeing up some scalar general purpose registers (SGPRs) and he's continued with a new patch series to alleviate register usage even more...

Libdrm 2.4.90 Released With Meson Build System, AMDGPU & Intel Improvements

Sunday 18th of February 2018 12:38:14 PM
Marek Olšák on Saturday released the big libdrm 2.4.90 DRM library update that sits between Mesa and other GPU user-space components and the kernel's Direct Rendering Manager code...

Google's Octopus Is A Gemini Lake Chromebook

Sunday 18th of February 2018 12:16:33 PM
While we're still waiting on an AMD-powered Chromebook as well as for Cannonlake to materialize, it appears Google is prepping support for a Geminilake Chromebook as well...

Nouveau Gets ARB_bindless_texture Support For Maxwell & Newer

Sunday 18th of February 2018 11:57:25 AM
Back for Mesa 18.0 there was OpenGL bindless textures for Kepler GPUs on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver while now for Mesa 18.1 that support is in place for Maxwell GPUs and newer...

Snapd 2.31 Better Supports Wayland Via Mir, Canonical Hires Another Mir Developer

Sunday 18th of February 2018 11:49:39 AM
Besides Mir 0.30 being released this week, other Mir progress was also made by these Canonical developers working on forging Mir into a viable Wayland compositor...

Linux 4.15-ck1 Released With MuQSS 0.170

Sunday 18th of February 2018 11:37:00 AM
Con Kolivas announced the release today of his patched Linux 4.15 kernel that includes the MuQSS scheduler, his successor to the BFS scheduler...

FreeBSD Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre & Meltdown

Saturday 17th of February 2018 09:13:05 PM
Landing in FreeBSD today was the mitigation work for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities...

Mesa Git Lands RadeonSI 32-bit Pointers Support

Saturday 17th of February 2018 04:53:56 PM
At the start of the new year Marek Olšák of AMD posted a set of patches for 32-bit GPU pointers in RadeonSI. That work has now landed in mainline Mesa Git...

Wine-Staging Will No Longer Be Putting Out New Releases

Saturday 17th of February 2018 02:49:15 PM
Wine-Staging as many of you have known it for the past four years is unfortunately no more. We'll see if other reliable folks step up to maintain this experimental version of Wine but the original developers have sadly stepped away...

Outreachy Is Now Accepting Applications For Their Summer 2018 Internships

Saturday 17th of February 2018 02:39:17 PM
This week Google announced the participating organizations for GSoC 2018 for students wishing to get involved with open-source/Linux development. Also happening this week is the application period opened for those wishing to participate in the summer 2018 paid internship program...

Linux 4.14 & 4.15 Get KPTI Protection For 64-bit ARM

Saturday 17th of February 2018 02:29:33 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman released a slew of stable point releases today to supported Linux kernel series. For the 4.14 and 4.15 branches this includes Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) for AArch64 hardware...

VESA X.Org Driver Sees First Update In Three Years

Saturday 17th of February 2018 01:38:47 PM
Should you find yourself using the xf86-video-vesa DDX for one reason or another, a new release is now available and it's the first in three years...

OpenIndiana Has Upgraded To The GCC 6 Compiler

Saturday 17th of February 2018 01:22:41 PM
The OpenSolaris/Illumos-based OpenIndiana operating system has finally moved past GCC 4.9 as its base user-land compiler and is now using GCC 6.4...

Golang 1.10 Offers Many Smaller Changes, Restores NetBSD Support

Friday 16th of February 2018 08:24:40 PM
Not only is there a new Rust release this week but the Google developers have put out the Go 1.10 update...

Wine 3.2 Released With HID Gamepad Support, D3D Multi-Sample Textures

Friday 16th of February 2018 07:50:07 PM
The latest bi-weekly Wine development release is now available...

Initial Intel Icelake Support Lands In Mesa OpenGL Driver, Vulkan Support Started

Friday 16th of February 2018 07:34:16 PM
A few days back I reported on Intel Icelake patches for the i965 Mesa driver in bringing up the OpenGL support now that several kernel patch series have been published for enabling these "Gen 11" graphics within the Direct Rendering Manager driver. This Icelake support has been quick to materialize even with Cannonlake hardware not yet being available...

LunarG's Vulkan Layer Factory Aims To Make Writing Vulkan Layers Easier

Friday 16th of February 2018 06:15:18 PM
Introduced as part of LunarG's recent Vulkan SDK update is the VLF, the Vulkan Layer Factory...

AMD Raven Ridge Graphics On Linux vs. Lower-End NVIDIA / AMD GPUs

Friday 16th of February 2018 02:30:00 PM
This week we have delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the OpenGL/Vulkan graphics capabilities of AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs with the Vega 8 on the Ryzen 3 2200G an the Vega 11 on Ryzen 5 2400G. Those tests have included comparisons to the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel processors as well as older AMD Kaveri APUs. For those interested in seeing how the Raven Ridge Vega graphics compare to lower-end Radeon and GeForce discrete graphics cards, here are those first Linux benchmarks.

Khronos Adds Draco Geometry Compression To glTF 2.0

Friday 16th of February 2018 01:14:29 PM
Khronos' glTF transmission format for 3D scenes and models continues getting better. This 3D format has seen adoption by countless applications and engines and even usage within Microsoft products. Khronos' latest advancement to glTF 2.0 is a compression extension...

Intel Open-Sources LLVM Graphics Compiler, Compute Runtime With OpenCL 2.1+

Friday 16th of February 2018 10:37:18 AM
Now it's clear why Intel hasn't been working on the Beignet code-base in months as they have been quietly working on a new and better OpenCL stack and run-time! On open-source Intel OpenCL you can now have OpenCL 2.1 while OpenCL 2.2 support is on the way...

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FATHOM releases Crystallon

  • FATHOM releases Crystallon, an open-source software for lattice-based design
    Lattice structures are integral to 3D printed designs, and Aaron Porterfield, an industrial designer at additive manufacturing service bureau FATHOM, has developed Crystallon, an open source project for shaping them into structures.
  • FATHOM Introduces Open Source Software Project for Generating 3D Lattice Structures
    California-based FATHOM, which expanded its on-site managed services and announced important partnerships with Stratasys and Desktop Metal last year, is introducing a fascinating new open source project called Crystallon, which uses Rhino and Grasshopper3D to create lattice structures. FATHOM industrial designer Aaron Porterfield, also an Instructables member, developed the project as an alternative to designing lattices with commercially available software. He joined the company’s design and engineering team three years ago, and is often a featured speaker for its Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Training Program – and as the project developer, who better to explain the Crystallon project?

Kernel and Graphics: Machine Learning, Mesa, Wayland/Mir, AMDGPU

  • AI-Powered / Machine Learning Linux Performance Tuning Is Now A Thing
    A year and a half ago I wrote about a start-up working on dynamically-tuned, self-optimizing Linux servers. That company is now known as Concertio and they just launched their "AI powered" toolkit for IT administrators and performance engineers to optimize their server performance. Concertio Optimizer Studio is their product making use of machine learning that aims to optimize Linux systems with Intel CPUs for peak performance by scoping out the impact of hundreds of different tunables for trying to deliver an optimal configuration package for that workload on that hardware.
  • Pengutronix Gets Open-Source 3D Working On MX8M/GC7000 Hardware
    We've known that Pengutronix developers had been working on i.MX8M / GC7000 graphics support within their Etnaviv open-source driver stack from initial patches posted in January. Those patches back at the start of the year were for the DRM kernel driver, but it turns out they have already got basic 3D acceleration working.
  • SDL Now Disables Mir By Default In Favor Of Wayland Compatibility
    With Mir focusing on Wayland compatibility now, toolkits and other software making direct use of Mir's APIs can begin making use of any existing Wayland back-end instead. GTK4 drops the Mir back-end since the same can be achieved with the Wayland compatibility and now SDL is now making a similar move.
  • Mesa 18.1 Receives OpenGL 3.1 With ARB_compatibility For Gallium3D Drivers
    Going back to last October, Marek of AMD's open-source driver team has been working on ARB_compatibility support for Mesa with a focus on RadeonSI/Gallium3D. Today that work was finally merged. The ARB_compatibility support allows use of deprecated/removed features of OpenGL by newer versions of the specification. ARB_compatibility is particularly useful for OpenGL workstation users where there are many applications notorious for relying upon compatibility contexts / deprecated GL functionality. But ARB_compatibility is also used by a handful of Linux games too.
  • AMDGPU In Linux 4.17 Exposes WattMan Features, GPU Voltage/Power Via Hwmon
    AMD's Alex Deucher today sent in the first pull request to DRM-Next of AMDGPU (and Radeon) DRM driver feature material that will in turn be merged with the Linux 4.17 kernel down the road. There's some fun features for AMDGPU users coming with this next kernel! First up, Linux is finally getting some WattMan-like functionality after it's been available via the Windows Radeon Software driver since 2016. WattMan allows for more fine-tuning of GPU clocks, voltages, and more for trying to maximize the power efficiency. See the aforelinked article for details but currently without any GUI panel for tweaking all of the driver tunables, this WattMan-like support needs to be toggled from the command-line.

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