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AMD "Berlin" APU Graphics Come To Linux User-Space

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Published on 07 September 2013 05:01 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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After the kernel-side AMD Berlin APU support was merged for the Linux 3.12 while the user-space Mesa Gallium3D and Radeon X.Org driver support was just merged on Friday evening for this first HSA APU.

AMD Berlin is said to be a server variant of the "Kaveri" and the company's first APU built around their much talked about Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). The graphics core on Berlin is of the "GCN" (HD 7000 generation) so from the open-source driver side there isn't too much to hook up.

The Radeon DRM in Linux 3.12 has the necessary kernel bits while all of the user-space support was merged hours ago. There's the Mesa commit for RadeonSI Gallium3D and libdrm and xf86-video-ati DDX. With Berlin building upon GCN, these commits aren't exciting and nothing more than adding in the new PCI IDs.

The AMD Berlin open-source graphics are using the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and taking the same code-paths as the forthcoming "Kaveri" APU. The initial PCI IDs (or at least what AMD is reserving for Berlin parts) include 0x1304, 0x1305, 0x1306, 0x1307, 0x1309, 0x130A, 0x130B, 0x130C, 0x130D, 0x130E, 0x130F, 0x1310, 0x1311, 0x1312, 0x1313, 0x1314, 0x1315, 0x1316, 0x1317, 0x131B, 0x131C, and 0x131D.

AMD Berlin APUs aren't expected until 2014 and hopefully by then there will be more improvements to the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. Only this week the RadeonSI driver gained OpenGL 3.0 support while the performance is still improving. Berlin server customers will most likely be interested in OpenCL on the graphics side, from where the open-source GPGPU/CL support is still very much in a growing process. The AMD Catalyst binary driver will also be around for launch-day support delivering first-rate performance and features.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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