With the just-released AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition for Linux, aside from the reported performance improvements another area I was curious about was the talked about new control center for the driver.
AMD's Radeon Software (the new "Catalyst" driver) for Linux is now available, being released on the same day as the Crimson Windows release.
We've been waiting to find out more details on Radeon Software Crimson Edition, a.k.a. the new AMD Catalyst driver, and how it will affect the Linux support... Well, apparently there are some hefty performance boosts in store.
In addition to the recent Radeon X.Org DDX stable update, Michel Dänzer of AMD had a few days ago put out AMDGPU v1.0.0 as the DDX driver's first declared release.
AMD this morning officially launched the Radeon R9 380X, a graphics card using an Antigua GPU, which is a re-brand of the year-old Tonga graphics processor. The R9 380X pricing starts out at $229 USD.
Early this morning I wrote a brief article about AMD working on an LLVM-based Heterogeneous Compute Compiler and since then more details have come to light.
AMD has been open-sourcing several components of their Linux HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) stack for the past several months including the AMDKFD kernel driver and HSAKMT run-time. In cooperation with SUSE, they also hope to have HSA accelerator support in GCC 6. Besides the GCC support, AMD is apparently planning to publish a Heterogeneous Compute Compiler.
With AMD having published PowerPlay support for AMDGPU I've been busy today running tests on this new power management code that finally allows Tonga and Fiji GPUs to operate at their full-speed when using the open-source Linux graphics driver.
AMD has finally published patches for providing preliminary PowerPlay support for the AMDGPU DRM driver, which will eventually replace the current DPM (Dynamic Power Management) support for Volcanic Islands hardware. This PowerPlay support comes with compatibility for Tonga, Fiji, and the rest of the VI line-up!
Michel Dänzer has released the xf86-video-ati 7.6.0 DDX driver as a long overdue update to AMD's X.Org driver for pre-AMDGPU hardware.
Thanks to Glenn Kennard, the R600 Gallium3D driver now supports another OpenGL 4.3 extension that was already available for RadeonSI, Intel i965, Nouveau NV50/NVC0, and even the Softpipe and LLVMpipe drivers.
A Phoronix reader pointed out that a developer has released an assembler for AMD GCN GPUs that supports both the open and closed-source Catalyst drivers on Linux.
While the DRM-Next pull request hasn't even been issued yet for the Linux 4.4 merge window, AMD's Alex Deucher has already sent in some extra fixes for the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver.
We've heard AMD is planning a large Catalyst driver update for this month and now more details are coming to light. Meet the Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which will hopefully be out for the Linux driver too.
Alex Deucher sent in another pull request of new AMDGPU/Radeon DRM material for landing in DRM-Next to in turn make it into Linux 4.4.
We've seen AMD already pushing open-source compiler patches for Zen and it seems they are ready to begin pushing Linux kernel changes too for their next-generation CPU architecture.
Reports are surfacing that AMD is planning a "special edition" driver update for November.
Marek Olšák has landed support for OpenGL 4.3's ARB_copy_image extension, which is used by several modern Steam Linux games.
Latest patches courtesy of AMD to Mesa implement VA-API HEVC/H.265 video decoding support for the latest Radeon GPUs.
While Ubuntu 15.10 launched last week, the AMD Catalyst driver hasn't been working but that's in the process of changing.
Oded Gabbay of Red Hat has announced today the first official release of HSAKMT, an important piece of their open-source HSA Linux stack.
AMD has published their initial open-source driver support for the "Stoney" APU graphics.
After teasing them for a few days, AMD today officially announced their new high-end embedded R-Series SoC processors. These new R-Series SoCs feature Excavator CPU cores and third-generation GCN GPUs.
Yesterday I posted some performance results of a Radeon R9 290 tested on Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 15.10 out-of-the-box. In this article are some numbers when upgrading the Ubuntu 15.10 installation to use the non-standard Linux 4.3 Git kernel as well as Mesa 11.1-devel Git that's built against LLVM 3.8 SVN for the newest open-source AMD Linux experience.
Ubuntu 15.10 is set to be released on Thursday, but those dependent upon the AMD Catalyst proprietary graphics driver for Linux gaming or the like might want to hold off on upgrading... While there is the latest Catalyst driver packaged and it's been patched to work against the Wily Werewolf's default Linux 4.2 kernel, it doesn't seem to work reliably.
AMD's Alex Deucher sent in the first pull request today for DRM-Next for kernel graphics driver updates that in turn will target the Linux 4.4 kernel.
It was just last month that legendary CPU designer Jim Keller left AMD and now the company is taking another blow with another high level departure. This time they're losing a corporate fellow and the former president of the HSA Foundation.
AMD has enabled VCE video encoding support in the R600 Gallium3D driver for the older Trinity and Richland APUs.
Well known Mesa developer Marek Olšák has published a new patch series that yields better LLVM IR generation with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
AMD sent in a batch of fixes for the AMDGPU kernel driver today for Linux 4.3. One notable change with this AMDGPU DRM driver update is that it marks the Iceland/Topaz graphics processor support as experimental so it's no longer enabled by default until the support has been better vetted.
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