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EXA Acceleration For The Old ATI Rage Driver

If you happen to be an unfortunate soul still using an old ATI Rage graphics processor, the "R128" driver now has EXA acceleration support after about a decade and a half of the hardware being around.

29 April 2012 - R128 EXA - 31 Comments
AMD R600/R700 Gallium3D Confirms GLSL 1.30

Just one day after the Radeon HD 5000 series on Gallium3D gained GLSL 1.30 compliance by default, the R600 (Radeon HD 2000/3000 series) and R700 (Radeon HD 4000 series) now have GL Shading Language 1.30 support advertised by default.

21 April 2012 - By Default - 6 Comments
AMD Evergreen Gallium3D Officially Does GLSL 1.30

The AMD Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" graphics cards, which at the hardware level is capable of OpenGL 4.2 / GLSL 4.20, is finally advertising GLSL 1.30 compliance by default with the Mesa Gallium3D "R600g" driver. GLSL 1.30 is the GL Shading Language revision introduced at the time of OpenGL 3.0.

20 April 2012 - Radeon HD 5000 Series - 11 Comments
AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Gallium3D Merged

Even if you're not a NVIDIA graphics customer and not interested in the state of the Nouveau driver and its big advancements today, there still is some Mesa Gallium3D news of importance to share. AMD has merged their Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" Gallium3D driver to mainline.

13 April 2012 - Southern Islands - 18 Comments
AMD Finally Publishes New Gallium3D Driver (RadeonSI)

AMD has finally made public its new Gallium3D driver, which is called "RadeonSI" and provides the user-space acceleration support for their latest-generation AMD Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards under Linux.

5 April 2012 - AMD RadeonSI - 20 Comments
AMD R600 LLVM Back-End Called For Inclusion

Tom Stellard of AMD has called upon the LLVM developers to include the R600 GPU back-end into the LLVM project, which is the code for generating compute and graphics shaders inside the LLVM compiler infrastructure for targeting Radeon HD 2000 through HD 6000 series graphics processors.

26 March 2012 - Finally - 75 Comments
How To Begin Using OpenCL With Radeon Gallium3D

Earlier this month I wrote about how you can sort of begin using OpenCL acceleration out of the Radeon Gallium3D driver, but in the short time since, the code has continued to advance and now here's a guide for trying out this GPGPU computing technology on the open-source Radeon Linux driver.

17 March 2012 - Radeon OpenCL - 2 Comments
Radeon UVD Support Going Through Code Review

If you have been desiring better video playback support on the open-source ATI/AMD Radeon Linux graphics stack, the days of being frustrated may be limited. There's some code concerning UVD -- the GPU's Unified Video Decoder engine -- that will be going through internal code review at AMD this coming week.

10 March 2012 - Video Support - 95 Comments
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Running On Linux

Here's the first bits of information following Phoronix tests of the "Southern Islands" AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card running under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the Linux 3.2 kernel and the AMD Catalyst driver.

8 March 2012 - Southern Islands - 6 Comments
Radeon Gallium3D Now Sort Of Works For OpenCL

While AMD is behind the ball on supporting Radeon HD 7000 series hardware, they're finally beginning to catch-up with supporting OpenCL for GPGPU computing on their open-source Linux graphics driver with Gallium3D.

6 March 2012 - R600 Gallium3D - 11 Comments
AMD Launches Pitcairn GPUs, Open-Source Not There

Yesterday AMD officially launched the Radeon HD 7800 "Pitcairn" series as the latest hardware in their Southern Islands family to reside between the Radeon HD 7700 series and their flagship Radeon HD 7900 cards. Unfortunately, the open-source support for these latest AMD GPUs remains unavailable.

6 March 2012 - Southern Islands - 14 Comments
AMD Is Still Struggling With HD 7000 On Catalyst

While most Linux enthusiasts know by now that there still isn't open-source Radeon HD 7000 series support from AMD under Linux, the Catalyst situation isn't so clear. While they've been committed to launch-day Catalyst hardware enablement under Windows and Linux, for the penguin OS that doesn't seem to always be the case for the HD 7000 series.

2 March 2012 - Linux Catalyst - 40 Comments
Gallium3D VDPAU State Tracker Gets Ready For Action

Christian König of AMD has shared his plans for completing work on the VDPAU state tracker for Gallium3D. This Gallium3D state tracker allows for NVIDIA VDPAU video acceleration using GPU shaders on open-source hardware drivers such as Radeon and Nouveau.

28 February 2012 - VDPAU Is Ready - 29 Comments
AMD Will Properly Support KWin With Catalyst

For those AMD Catalyst users that were concerned by the recent statements of Martin Gräßlin that KWin will likely end up dropping their GL1 renderer, which would eliminate vintage GPU hardware support as well as Catalyst driver support, fear not.

25 February 2012 - KWin + Catalyst - 43 Comments
Open-Source Radeon HD 7000 Code Coming Soon?

Where oh where is the open-source support for the "Southern Islands" GPUs, a.k.a. the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series? It's been over two months since the first hardware launched and there still is no open-source Linux driver support available.

23 February 2012 - Southern Islands? - 3 Comments
AMD Catalyst A.I. Useless Under Linux?

AMD today launched the Radeon HD 7570/7770 graphics cards as the latest GPUs built on the GCN architecture. Unfortunately there still is not any open-source support for the Radeon HD 7000 series hardware nor has AMD sent out any review samples to Phoronix. But there is some other Catalyst Linux news to share.

15 February 2012 - Hmmm? - 16 Comments
Image Quality Comparison: Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Coming up in the next few days will be benchmarks of Mesa 8.0 with Morphological Anti-Aliasing (a.k.a. MLAA) plus some other imaging-oriented work/announcements to come in the near future. With that said, this weekend prior to leaving for Munich I ran some tests of the Radeon Gallium3D and Catalyst drivers when comparing the image quality.

13 February 2012 - Imaging - 106 Comments
Radeon R600 Tiling Patches Are Ready

Jerome Glisse, the Red Hat developer commonly working on the open-source Radeon graphics driver, has announced that he believes the R600 Gallium3D tiling support is complete.

4 February 2012 - Tiling Support - 72 Comments
2D Color Tiling Patches Hit For Radeon R600+

Minutes after publishing the Mesa 8.0 Radeon Gallium3D benchmarks against Catalyst, first-stage patches were posted for proper 2D color tiling support for modern Radeon hardware from, which can result in double-digit performance gains.

12 January 2012 - Full Stack - 6 Comments

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