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  • Intel Is Now Bringing The Observation Architecture To Their Linux Driver

    While Haswell processors have been available for a few years now, finally work is materializing on supporting the hardware's Observation Architecture.

    The Observation Architecture is a set of performance counters for Haswell and newer. Developers interested in all the technical details on these new performance counters can see this public documentation.

  • RadeonSI/R600g Mesa 11.2-devel Clover OpenCL Benchmarks On Linux 4.5

    Following this morning's article about Russian Super-Computing Users Get Tired Of Catalyst, Start Looking At Open-Source AMD, I decided to run some fresh Radeon open-source OpenCL benchmarks on my own using the Gallium3D Clover state tracker with the HPC researchers also being curious how this very latest open-source AMD graphics stack is performing. Here are some initial results with Mesa 11.2-devel Git built against LLVM 3.9 SVN (thanks Padoka!) and using the Linux 4.5 Git kernel.

  • Adreno 430 Support Coming To Freedreno's MSM DRM Driver

    A Google Chromium engineer has interestingly provided patches for Qualcomm Adreno 430 display support within Freedreno's MSM DRM driver.

  • Someone Wants To Step Up To Take Over The VIA OpenChrome Driver

    The OpenChrome driver for open-source VIA graphics on Linux isn't quite dead yet... There's a new developer wanting to step up and take over maintainership of the X.Org driver.

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