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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

ATI X.Org Driver Sees Significant Update

The last time there was an official release of the xf86-video-ati DDX driver was back in May, but this morning Michel Dänzer has announced a new version.
2 November 2011 - 6.14.3 Release - 18 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

AMD Catalyst 11.10 Linux Driver Released

On the last day of the month, AMD has released Catalyst 11.10 as their October 2011 proprietary Linux driver update.
31 October 2011 - New Version - 51 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

Details On The AMD Linux Graphics Driver Ported To Windows

Earlier this month I wrote about the AMD porting their open-source Linux graphics driver to Windows EC7. Here's a few details that were learned in the past two weeks.
23 October 2011 - Information - 10 Comments

Classic Radeon Drivers Are On Their Deathbed

The classic Mesa Radeon (R300/R600) drivers that provide open-source OpenGL support on Linux instead of the Gallium3D alternatives are likely to be dropped in the coming days.
20 October 2011 - Finally - 18 Comments

R300 Graphics Improvements For KDE's KWin

If you're using any R300/400/500 GPU with the Gallium3D R300 driver, there's some improvements coming up for you in the KDE KWin compositing window manager.
16 October 2011 - ATI R300 - 12 Comments

More AMD FX-4100, FX-8150 Bulldozer Linux Details

On Friday some benchmarks of the AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer on Linux were shared, thanks to an early adopter running some benchmarks under Gentoo and uploading them to OpenBenchmarking.org. But there's more to come.
16 October 2011 - Benchmarks - 29 Comments

R500 Texture Semaphores Merged To Master

The R500 texture semaphores work, the feature I wrote about and tested earlier this month, has been merged to master. This feature in the R300 Gallium3D open-source driver can provide some impressive performance improvements.
15 October 2011 - R500 Work - 5 Comments

First Linux Benchmarks Of AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer

Here's the first Linux benchmarks of AMD's FX-Series Bulldozer desktop CPUs that launched on Tuesday. Specifically, it's Gentoo Linux performance results for an AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer.
14 October 2011 - 8-Core AMD Goodness - 89 Comments

AMD Releases FX-Series Bulldozer Desktop CPUs

AMD has finally lifted the lid on their new FX-Series "Bulldozer" desktop CPUs, but how well do they work under Linux?
12 October 2011 - Linux Support? - 88 Comments

Shader Optimizations For The AMD R600g Driver

Vadim Girlin, an independent contributor to Mesa, has announced some shader optimization work he has done to the R600 Gallium3D driver for the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" series.
7 October 2011 - New Work - 3 Comments

AMD Catalyst 11.9 Driver Is Now Available

There's a new AMD Linux driver blob available for those that haven't yet fetched it, but it's not particularly exciting, unless you're using GNOME3.
29 September 2011 - New Release - 4 Comments

It Will Be A While For Radeon Clover Support

It will be many, many weeks before AMD supports "Clover" for their Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux DRM / Gallium3D stack. The support they're aiming for is the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" series and newer, but this Clover state tracker to support OpenCL is still a ways out for those with ATI/AMD GPUs. A whiteboard drawing of the Radeon Clover TODO list was shown at XDC2011 Chicago by John Bridgman.
15 September 2011 - OpenCL - 1 Comment

Mesa Compiler Stacks, A Hard Dependency On LLVM

Tom Stellard, the former Google Summer of Code student who worked on R300 GLSL improvements and a new register allocator, is now working for AMD and his work is focused on bringing up open-source OpenCL / GPGPU support in the Radeon Linux driver.
14 September 2011 - Clover - 2 Comments

A Happy Four Years To An Open-Source ATI/AMD

It was four years ago, on the 6th of September 2007, that I exclusively broke the news on AMD's open-source strategy that would end up greatly changing the open-source Linux graphics driver landscape.
7 September 2011 - Four Years - 22 Comments

Running The Xorg State Tracker On R300 Gallium3D

Yesterday I mentioned that, thanks to new patches on the Mesa mailing list, it's now possible to use the R600 Gallium3D driver with the Xorg state tracker. This means that for all modern ATI/AMD Radeon GPUs (anything newer than the Radeon HD 2000 series), the Xorg state tracker can be used for EXA and X-Video/XvMC acceleration rather than relying upon any DDX driver. The xf86-video-ati driver can be tossed away, while the R300 Gallium3D driver (supporting up through the Radeon X1000 GPUs) has already supported this state tracker, but how well does it work?
24 August 2011 - R300g - 19 Comments

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