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18-Way Radeon GPU Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 With Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev

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Continuing on in our fresh Radeon Linux graphics benchmarks in commemorating 10 years of AMD's open-source driver strategy with already showing how the driver compares to the old Catalyst/fglrx and Ubuntu 14.04 to 17.10 OpenGL tests, up next is an 18 way graphics card comparison of both old and new Radeon graphics cards while using the very latest Linux driver stack.

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Graphics: AMDGPU-PRO, Mesa, NVIDIA

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  • AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 Linux Hybrid Driver Promoted To Stable

    Two weeks ago AMD released an AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 driver intended for cryptocurrency mining systems while now that v17.40 series driver has been promoted to being their general purpose stable Linux hybrid driver.

    The headline feature of the AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 beta was introducing large page support intended to help blockchain compute workloads with OpenCL. Sure enough, AMDGPU-PRO 17.40 is much faster for cryptocurrency mining like Ethereum though we haven't found many performance improvements in other OpenCL compute workloads.

  • Broadcom's VC5 Gallium3D Now Supports MSAA, More OpenGL Functionality

    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has continued bringing up the VC5 Gallium3D driver for supporting the company's next-generation graphics hardware that is much improved over the VC4 hardware found in the Raspberry Pi SBCs to date.

    Since earlier this month VC5 Gallium3D merged into Mesa but it does not yet work with any actual hardware due to the VC5 DRM driver yet to be completed kernel-side and merged, nor is that happening for Linux 4.15. But Eric has been making good progress on quickly getting the VC5 Gallium3D OpenGL driver up to par as he's also been working towards a VC5 Vulkan driver too thanks to the new hardware's capabilities.

  • Etnaviv Driver Sends Out Patches For Vivante GC7000 Support

    The developers behind the open-source, reverse-engineered Etnaviv KMS+Gallium3D driver stack for Vivante graphics support have been very busy recently.

    Etnaviv just recently reached OpenGL 2.0 support and then this week cleared OpenGL 2.1 support and now patches have emerged bringing up Vivante GC7000 series hardware support within their Gallium3D OpenGL driver.

  • NVIDIA Previews Open-source Processor Core for Deep Neural Network Inference

    With the proliferation of deep learning, NVIDIA has realized its longstanding aspirations to make general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) a mainstream technology. The company's GPUs are commonly used to accelerate neural network training, and are also being adopted for neural network inference acceleration in self-driving cars, robots and other high-end autonomous platforms. NVIDIA also sees plenty of opportunities for inference acceleration in IoT and other "edge" platforms, although it doesn't intend to supply them with chips. Instead, it's decided to open-source the NVDLA deep learning processor core found in its "Xavier" SoC introduced last fall.

  • Nvidia 387.22 Linux Graphics Driver Adds Support for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU

    Nvidia released a new short-lived proprietary graphics driver for UNIX systems, Nvidia 387.22, which introduces support for the recently unveiled GeForce GTX 1070Ti graphics card.

    Support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was added only to the 64-bit and 32-bit Linux and FreeBSD drivers, as the Solaris build of the Nvidia 387.22 graphics driver doesn't offer support for this cheaper video card designed for gamers. A comparison between GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and GeForce GTX 1070 is available here.

  • Mesa 17.2.4 Graphics Stack Arrives with More Bug Fixes, Mesa 17.3 Gets Second RC

    Mesa developers Andres Gomez and Emil Velikov announced the availability of the fourth maintenance update of Mesa 17.2 stable series, and the second Release Candidate (RC) of Mesa 17.3.

    We reported last week on the upcoming availability of the Mesa 17.2.4 update to the open-source graphics stack for GNU/Linux distributions, and it arrived on October 30, 2017, bringing us another layer of fixes for the AMD Radeon RADV Vulkan, Broadcom's VC4, as well as both the Intel i965 OpenGL and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers.

AMDGPU+RadeonSI Is Much Faster Than The Old Proprietary Fglrx Driver

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With going back to test Ubuntu 14.04 through Ubuntu 17.10's Radeon OpenGL performance as part of marking AMD's open-source strategy turning a decade old, I also took this opportunity while having an old Ubuntu installation running to also re-test the former Catalyst/fglrx driver stack that's since been succeeded by AMDGPU-PRO and AMDGPU+RadeonSI.

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NVIDIA 387.22 (Linux)

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  • NVIDIA 387.22 Linux Driver Released With GTX 1070 Ti Support

    NVIDIA has shipped the 387.22 Linux driver today as their first stable release in the 387.xx series.

    The NVIDIA 387.22 Linux driver builds off their recent 387.12 beta driver. That earlier beta release introduced a number of Vulkan updates, including full-screen flipping using X11 swapchains for possible performance improvements. That beta had the Vulkan updates and mostly an assortment of bug fixes.

  • NVIDIA 387.22 driver released, adds support for the GTX 1070Ti and more

    The latest NVIDIA driver release 387.22 is now out. This is a stable driver release which builds upon the 387.12 beta driver that was released earlier this month.

Graphics: AMD's Open-Source Strategy Turns 10, Mesa 17.2.4 and More

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  • AMD's Open-Source Strategy Is Now Ten Years Old
  • mesa 17.2.4

    In Mesa Core we have included a change to prevent KOTOR from breaking when in combination with the ATI fragment shader extension. Additionally, NIR has also received a correction.

  • Mesa 17.2.4 Released While Mesa 17.3 Continues To Bake

    Mesa 17.2.4 is now available as the newest stable release of Mesa 3D while Mesa 17.3 is up to its second release candidate.

    Mesa 17.2.4 was released today with several Intel OpenGL/Vulkan fixes, memory leak fixes for the Mesa state tracker, a Vulkan windowing system integration memory leak fix for X11, and some other small fixes.

  • Etnaviv Gallium3D Reaches OpenGL 2.1

    It was just days ago that the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver made it to OpenGL 2.0 while now it's reached the OpenGL 2.1 threshold.

AMDGPU vs. Radeon DRM With Linux 4.14 On GCN 1.0/SI GPUs

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It's been a while since last testing the older GCN 1.0 "Southern Islands" graphics cards with the AMDGPU DRM driver rather than the default Radeon DRM driver. Here are some fresh comparison tests using some original GCN graphics cards with the two DRM drivers while pairing it with Mesa 17.4-dev, including Vulkan tests that are made possible by switching over to the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager driver.

GCN 1.0 Sothern Islands and GCN 1.1 Sea Islands graphics cards continue to default to using the mature Radeon DRM driver rather than AMDGPU DRM, which is treated as experimental for GCN 1.0/1.1 while being the requirement for GCN 1.2 graphics processors and newer. Through Linux 4.15 at least, GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs will still be using the Radeon DRM by default, but the AMDGPU support for these older generations of Radeon GPUs is becoming more mature with less regressions, no display headaches this time around, some UVD porting for GCN 1.0 on AMDGPU being a work-in-progress, and PowerPlay fixes having recently landed in the kernel.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.2.4, Slang and More

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  • Mesa 17.2.4 to Bring Several Fixes for Intel and AMD Radeon Drivers on Linux

    The developers of the Mesa 3D Graphics Library are preparing to launch a new maintenance update to the current Mesa 17.2 stable series, which will bring more improvements to supported drivers.

    Mesa 17.2.4 is currently being tested internally as a Release Candidate, which means it won't be long until the final release hits the streets, so we want to give you a heads up to what you can expect from this version. This is a stability update, so you should expect it to fix annoyances and other reported issues.

    For Intel GPUs, the Mesa 17.2.4 update brings several fixes, including for the compiler and the ANV Vulkan driver, but it looks like there's also a patch for the Intel i965 OpenGL driver to avoid breaking Beignet and VA-API, as well as other contexts in the system when they're used in combination with any version of the Mesa 17.2 series.

  • Slang Continues To Advance For Easing Shader Writing, Cross-Compiling Shaders

    NVIDIA and Carnegie Mellon University continue working on the Slang project for providing improved functionality around existing Direct3D HLSL and OpenGL GLSL shaders as well as developing its own shading language.

    Besides working on its own shading language that is inspired by Microsoft's HLSL, Slang allows cross-compiling shader code written in their language to HLSL, GLSL, DirectX bytecode, or SPIR-V. HLSL and GLSL code can also make easy use of Slang's libraries. When feeding HLSL or GLSL code into the Slang compiler, it can take care of some tedious steps of the shader writing process, full reflection information about parameters of the shader code, and various other helpers around graphics shader writing.

  • Intel ANV Vulkan Driver Patches For Cross-Stage Link Optimizations

Graphics leftovers

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CompuLab IPC3, Testing 10 Mini PCs / Small Form Factor Linux PCs

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The IPC3 is CompuLab's latest-generation Intense-PC. It may look similar to past IPC models, but is now equipped with the latest generation Intel Core CPUs while remaining fan-less and within an all-metal housing that's extremely durable.

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Ethereum + OpenCL Benchmarks With The Latest AMDGPU-PRO Mining & NVIDIA Linux Drivers

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Last week AMD released a new AMDGPU-PRO driver aimed for cryptocurrency mining that is their first release in the new v17.40 series. This new driver also allows adjusting the fragment size for increased performance and at least for mining yields a big performance boost. Here are some fresh benchmarks on multiple Radeon graphics cards using 17.40 with the amdgpu vm_fragment_size set for 2MB compared to the latest NVIDIA 387 Linux graphics driver on various GeForce GPUs.

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    Epiphany 3.27.3 was released this morning as the newest release of GNOME's web browser in the road to the GNOME 3.28 stable desktop debut next March.
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    Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISOs. For details see the ChangeLog below. Here's the ChangeLog: update blackarch-installer to version 0.6.2 (most important change) included kernel 4.14.4 updated lot's of blackarch tools and packages updated all blackarch tools and packages updated all system packages bugfix release! (see blackarch-installer)
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    I'm always looking for ways to map hot technologies to fun, educational classroom use. One of the most interesting, and potentially disruptive, technologies over the past few years is cryptocurrencies. In the early days, one could profitably mine some of the most popular cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, using a home PC. But as cryptocurrency mining has become more popular, thanks in part to dedicated mining hardware, the algorithms governing it have boosted computational complexity, making home PC mining often impractical, unprofitable, and environmentally unwise.
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