Last night after writing about the Radeon Pro WX series I immediately fell asleep, but it turns out AMD continued with their SIGGRAPH 2016 announcements by rolling out the Radeon Pro SSG, a graphics card with onboard solid-state storage.
As it's been a few weeks since the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch and there's been more RadeonSI Polaris commits since launch day, I figured I'd run some fresh benchmarks this weekend of the open vs. hybrid AMD Linux driver stacks.
As a follow-up to this morning's article about a new driver beta program, the sign-up application is now available.
For years AMD had a very active, community-driven semi-private beta program for their (Catalyst, at the time) drivers but in recent years while going through tough financial times they cut back the program. However, they will now be working to restore this program and they will be looking for Linux participants too.
One day ahead of the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch, the necessary firmware updates for the production graphics card support have landed in linux-firmware.git.
According to reports, AMD's Zen processors have been delayed until the start of the next year and it's also affecting Intel's Kabylake launch.
If you weren't able to watch the AMD Computex 2016 live-stream happening now, here are my key notes from the event.
Just hours to go until AMD's Computex live-stream, details are being leaked out about what's expected. From what we're hearing so far, AMD is going to undercut their prices of Polaris 10 hugely: the Radeon RX 480 is said to be priced retail at $199 USD and will compete with the likes of a GeForce GTX 970~980.
Mark your calendars for tomorrow to watch AMD's Computex livestream for Polaris.
The latest project AMD is open-sourcing is FireRays.
The latest open-source fruits of AMD's GPUOpen project is the Compressonator.
There's a follow-up to yesterday's story about AMD To Enable DRI3 By Default On Latest X.Org Servers.
Michel Dänzer of AMD has published a patch today that would enable DRI3 by default for the xf86-video-ati X.Org driver.
Open-source developers working on the Radeon Linux graphics driver stack remain hopeful that their massive "DAL" code-base will be ready for merging with Linux 4.7.
Well, today seems to be the day for x86 CPU vendors to push out memory security related features for the Linux kernel... After Intel posted the Secure Guard Extensions driver for Linux, AMD has come out with a patch-set for "Secure Memory Encryption" (SME) that looks like it will be a hardware feature of Zen.
For those running a Linux system powered by an AMD "Carrizo" APU, there's an updated firmware blob out today to benefit your UVD video decoding experience.
AMD this afternoon announced CodeXL 2.0 as the newest version of their GPU debugger, CPU/GPU profiler, and static kernel analyzer. CodeXL 2.0 is a big leap forward and is now open-source!
Well this is surprising and unfortunate: it appears that AMD's next-generation Polaris GPUs don't support the royalty-free ETC2 texture compression.
Along with open-sourcing the next-gen Polaris GPU driver code yesterday, Alex Deucher of AMD laid out their plans for aiming to get the DAL display code into the Linux 4.7 kernel.
One week after the surprise of delivering a beta of their new hybrid "PRO" driver stack, here's another big surprise: AMD has just published the initial open-source code for driver support with their upcoming "Polaris" graphics processors!
AMD this morning unveiled their XConnect technology to connect an external, high-performance Radeon graphics card to a notebook or 2-in-1 device.
Since last year we have been waiting for AMD to launch their "HuskyBoard" ARM development board built around their Opteron A1100 ARM 64-bit SoC. That board was originally supposed to ship in Q4'15 while now available for pre-order is a new A1100 development board that looks like it may be taking its place.
A technical marketing representative of AMD / Radeon Technologies Group is participating in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" today where he's been answering a few Linux questions.
AMD's Marek Olšák sent out a set of 26 patches this morning for preparing the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver to have interoperability support between OpenGL and HSA/OpenCL.
The latest fruits of AMD's GPUOpen initiative is the open-sourcing of a beta of AMDOVX.
While NVIDIA has long supported G-SYNC on Linux as their adaptive sync technology for eliminating screen tearing, AMD hasn't supported their FreeSync tech via their open or closed-source Linux drivers. Fortunately, it's looking like that will change.
We weren't the only ones surprised by the massive size of the new AMDGPU DAL display driver. Weighing in at 93k lines of code, upstream Linux graphics developers outside of AMD are also stunned by the size of this code-base for handling display-related functionality with the AMDGPU driver for Tonga / Carrizo / Fiji.
Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows.
The AMDGPU DRM driver support for Iceland (Topaz) graphics processors is now considered stable with the experimental flag set to be removed.
Landing last month in the LLVM SVN/Git code-base was the SI machine scheduler for the AMDGPU LLVM back-end. This scheduler has the potential to improve the performance for some hardware/workloads, but not by the wide margins originally reported by some early testers.
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