GCC 6.2/7.0 vs. LLVM Clang 3.9/4.0 SVN Compiler Performance

Earlier this week I published some GCC 5.4 vs. GCC 6.2 vs. GCC 7.0 SVN development benchmarks with a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E system. For those curious how the LLVM Clang compiler stack is comparing, here are some tests on the same system when running fresh benchmarks of LLVM Clang 3.9 as well as LLVM Clang 4.0 SVN.

10 December 01:22 PM EST - Software - 14 Comments

9 December

GCC Patch To Support Google's Fuchsia OS

It's been a while since last hearing anything of Google's experimental Fuchsia OS but it looks like things are moving along as they are now looking to merge support for it into the GCC compiler.

9 December 07:57 PM EST - Google - Fuchsia OS - 6 Comments

8 December

It Looks Like AMDGPU DC (DAL) Will Not Be Accepted In The Linux Kernel

While AMD developers have been working to improve their "DAL" (now known as "DC") display code for the better part of the past year and this code is needed for new hardware support as well as supporting HDMI/DP audio on existing AMDGPU-enabled hardware plus other features, it's still not going to be accepted to the mainline kernel in its current form.

8 December 08:40 PM EST - Linux Kernel - AMDGPU DC - 208 Comments
Mesa 13 Lands In Fedora 25

While it was disappointing that Fedora 25 shipped with Mesa 12.0, the Mesa 13.0 version has now been sent down as a stable release update.

8 December 10:48 AM EST - Mesa - Fedora 25 - 17 Comments
AMD Seeking Comments On DC/DAL Code, Wants To Land It Soon For Future GPU Support

AMD developers sent out a "request for comments" of their Display Core (DC, formerly known as DAL) code-base that they are hoping to merge soon as it's needed for the bring-up of future GPU support. It looks like they will initially merge the code just for the yet-to-be-released GPUs and will then gradually switch it on for currently supported Radeon GPUs.

8 December 10:11 AM EST - Radeon - AMD DAL/DC Migration - 32 Comments
AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Rolls Out With GCN 1.0 Support, FreeSync

The embargo has just expired on the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition release, which had leaked out a few days ago elsewhere. While Crimson ReLive Edition is a big update for AMD Windows users, on the Linux side there's less to talk about but it's still a rather big release. I've been testing the AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 release the past two weeks and overall it's a sizable update for those using this hybrid AMD Linux driver.

8 December 09:00 AM EST - Display Drivers - 58 Comments

7 December

A Look At Async/Await JavaScript For Firefox 52

While Chrome 55 has JavaScript async/await support, the Firefox support isn't coming until the Firefox 52.0 stable release in March while currently it's available in the latest Firefox Developer Edition and early alpha builds.

7 December 11:47 AM EST - Mozilla - async/await JS - 12 Comments
Khronos' SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Presentation, Another VR Company Joins Them

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 is happening this week in Macau and it's from that event where yesterday they announced their new VR initiative. The Khronos slides from their presentation are now available plus another VR company has already become a member of The Khronos Group for helping to push this new, open, cross-vendor VR standard.

7 December 11:31 AM EST - Standards - Khronos SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 - 3 Comments
Linux Distributions vs. BSDs With netperf & iperf3 Network Performance

With now having netperf in the Phoronix Test Suite as well as iperf3 for the latest open-source benchmarks in our automated cross-platform benchmarking framework, I couldn't help but to run some networking benchmarks on a system when trying out a few different Linux distributions and BSDs to see how the performance compares. The operating systems ran with these networking benchmarks included Debian 8.6, Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux 12020, CentOS 7, and Fedora 25. The BSDs tested for this comparison were FreeBSD 11.0 and DragonFlyBSD 4.6.1.

7 December 11:00 AM EST - Software - 80 Comments
Developers Discuss Future Of CD/DVD Optical Images For Fedora

With more laptops abandoning DVD drives, USB-based flash drive installers being well supported and widely-used, and CD/DVDs just being far less popular these days, Fedora developers are discussing the future of the official status for optical images in future Fedora releases.

7 December 09:01 AM EST - Fedora - Fedora Optical - 23 Comments

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