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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
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Open-Source Linux Update

AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card yesterday as the first built upon their GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Besides the initial Phoronix coverage of this first "Southern Islands" product, there's some new open-source Linux driver information today.

23 December 2011 - New Information - 1 Comment
AMD Radeon HD 7970 On Linux

You've may have heard or seen that AMD introduced the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card this morning as their first product built in their "Southern Islands" family and is based on their new GPU architecture, but how well does it work under Linux for the open-source and closed-source AMD Catalyst Linux drivers?

22 December 2011 - Graphics Casrd - 53 Comments
AMD Announces Its IL Code Generator For OpenCL

On Friday AMD released an LLVM back-end for its R600 Gallium3D Linux driver. The LLVM driver back-end was based upon the AMD IL LLVM back-end for OpenCL, which AMD has now separately announced to the LLVM developers as a new source-code drop.

12 December 2011 - LLVM Work - Add A Comment
In Road To OpenCL, R600g LLVM Back-End Arrives

Before calling it a week, Tom Stellard at AMD published a Git branch that offers up an LLVM shader back-end for the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver. This is one of the steps in bringing Compute/OpenCL support to the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics drivers.

9 December 2011 - Hell Yes! - 30 Comments
New Radeon HDMI Audio Patches Published

While AMD still hasn't published Radeon HDMI audio patches for their open-source Linux driver to enable the audio support on their Radeon HD 5000 series and newer, the reverse-engineered community patches have quickly evolved.

7 December 2011 - Working - 2 Comments
AMD Driver Support State For Radeon HD 7000 Series, Trinity

A few weeks ago I began talking about the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series driver support, but this week there is some new information to share about the hardware enablement for the next-generation of Radeon graphics processors as well as next year's AMD Trinity APUs.

6 December 2011 - Results - 46 Comments
Community Beats AMD To New Radeon Audio Code

It was just yesterday that I was writing about AMD still not having any new HDMI audio support code available to the public for the Radeon HD 5000 series and newer. The hold-up on this HDMI audio code for the open-source Radeon driver has been due to the patches failing to clear AMD's legal review multiple times. Well, leave it up the community, and now this morning there's some Evergreen patches for this support.

4 December 2011 - Hell Yes - 12 Comments
Radeon Evergreen HDMI Audio Code Is Still M.I.A.

For those that haven't noticed, the open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver still lacks HDMI audio support for the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" series and newer graphics processors. This has been sought after for many months, but even with the Linux 3.2 kernel, AMD still doesn't have to go-ahead with the open-source audio support.

3 December 2011 - No Support - 46 Comments
AMD's Paying For Some Open-Source OpenCL Love

AMD's interested in driving the use of OpenCL within the open-source world, and they're willing to pay for it. One of their new contracts is to have more of the OpenCL work for GIMP/GEGL on the Open Computing Language.

29 November 2011 - AMD Open-Source - 31 Comments
AMD Catalyst 11.11 Brings Critical Linux Changes

After a belated Catalyst 11.10 release, this month's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver for ATI/AMD Radeon and FirePro graphics cards is now available. The Catalyst 11.11 driver does bring some critical changes.

15 November 2011 - New Binary blob - 68 Comments
AMD Linux KVM Virtualization Benchmarks

In recent weeks there have been a lot of AMD Linux benchmarks of the latest-generation Bulldozer processor, namely the eight-core FX-8150. The latest unique look at the first-generation Bulldozer CPU under Linux is the KVM virtualization performance.

15 November 2011 - AMD Bulldozer - 1 Comment
Linux, Open-Source Affected In AMD Cutbacks?

By now many of you have likely heard that AMD is laying off around 10% of its workforce by next year in a restructuring attempt to lower its operating costs, but will their open-source and Linux efforts be hampered by this move?

5 November 2011 - Layoffs - 38 Comments
AMD Catalyst 11.12 Will Be Even Better

Catalyst 11.10 was released yesterday for Linux and Windows platforms. Many Linux users are pleased by this driver update as can be seen from the forums, but Catalyst 11.12 is set to improve the Radeon binary blob situation even more.

1 November 2011 - Improvements - 13 Comments
Open64 5.0 Compiler Release Is Coming Up

Besides LLVM 3.0 (with an adjoining Clang 3.0 release) and GCC 4.7 coming up soon, another open-source compiler soon to be releasing is Open64 5.0, the compiler of choice by AMD.

31 October 2011 - Open64 - 1 Comment
Prep Work For Open-Source Radeon Compute, UVD

Here's some interesting work that provides support support for multiple rings to the open-source Radeon driver for supporting multiple compute rings, a-sync DMA engines, and UVD. Yes, for video decoding, but this is just prep work and there is still no UVD specifications or code.

29 October 2011 - Pushing - 18 Comments

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