A story run on Phoronix yesterday was AMD admitting it has Linux problems and are looking to improve the situation. In large part it comes down to improving OpenCL on Linux with the Catalyst driver, but how does the OpenCL Linux performance stand today? Here's some benchmarks to answer that question.
The AMD graphics cards being used for this quick OpenCL Linux benchmarking is the Radeon HD 5770, HD 5830, HD 6450, HD 6870, HD 6950, and HD 7950. Benchmarking was done from the Intel Core i7 3770K test system with the fglrx 8.96.4 binary driver. Full system details and other information is available via its OpenBenchmarking.org result page.
First of all, for those thinking there's a surplus of benchmark results and other news coming out on Phoronix in recent days, you're right. Due to some large last minute media buys for ending out the month, the burn rate for the publishing queue is noticeably higher than normal. Thanks Microsoft (I guess they still haven't got the memo that this is a Linux web-site and that I think Windows 8 is mostly a crap wreck), Cisco, and IBM. If you're using AdBlock, NoScript, or other methods, please white-list Phoronix or at least subscribe to Phoronix Premium (that way you also get single-page article viewing with no ads) or make a PayPal tip or buy me a beer (there is the Phoronix Munich meet-up tonight).
Thanks to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org (plus preparing in advance), it's possible to still manage all of these extra articles while still out of the office in Europe; contrary to some Phoronix readers beliefs, I do much more in a day than just drink beer. But for leading to some more entertaining remarks in the forums (and seeing that these Phoronix media ad-buys are fulfilled with enough page views by EOM) here is the Munich beer photo for today:
Additionally, for listening to the Radeon performance explanation of these results by Qaridarium in the forums, many Phoronix readers would be better off first enjoying their favorite beverage before reading the words of our in-house conspiracy leader. ;)