AMD reported their Q3'2014 results yesterday and they weren't good for the company. AMD will be restructuring again and will be slashing their global headcount by about 7%.
AMD's patches to add support to compiling to native object code for the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker in Mesa's Gallium3D and for the Radeon Gallium3D driver to take advantage of this functionality, has landed.
Along with today's R9 285 GPU scaling tests from Ubuntu, other Linux graphics tests I ran from the AMD Radeon R9 285 GCN 1.2 graphics card is a check whether to see Catalyst AI is doing much on Linux.
Given yesterday's big update about AMD's unified Linux driver approach and creating a new "AMDGPU" kernel driver, open-source driver developers independent of AMD who have worked on the current Radeon code are already proposing API improvements.
The Linux 3.18 kernel will bring support for reading the core temperature of AMD's forthcoming "Carrizo" APUs.
The AMD news keeps rolling today... The latest is word hitting the wire that Rory Read has stepped down from AMD.
If you go back more than seven years ago, lots of people took easy aim at the state of ATI/AMD's Linux graphics drivers. Back then, they didn't even have an open-source strategy... How times have changed.
On Monday I wrote about AMD adding native object code support to their Radeon Gallium3D drivers and Clover. Besides being a huge performance win for OpenCL kernel compile times, this work is also instrumental as part of AMD's open-source HSA Linux plans.
There's a lot of work going on right now to the AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver. We've written about new features coming to an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver but silently being pushed into the latest round of release is a GLSL shader disk cache.
AMD has released the Catalyst 14.9 Linux graphics driver today with some modest changes but it's not the really big driver update we're waiting for.
Earlier this year I delivered the exclusive news how AMD was looking at a new Linux driver strategy for Catalyst that involved leveraging the open-source Radeon DRM kernel driver. The strategy at the time effectively meant just making Catalyst a user-space blob and riding off the open-source Radeon kernel driver to share more common code and hopefully lead to a better experience. It looks like this driver strategy is moving forward.
AMD is soliciting feedback on the Catalyst driver.
Yesterday I wrote about an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver offering VCE and HSA support while today are more details on this forthcoming update.
AMD's trying hard to make HSA of benefit to Linux users in 2014 and they're making lots of inroads. Helping AMD along the way with the Linux raising of Heterogeneous System Architecture is SUSE.
While AMD just released its first OpenCL 2.0 Linux driver, which is marked fglrx 14.41, the next driver that's currently in testing is fglrx 14.50... This should be more interesting.
A new AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver has been released today that finally delivers OpenCL 2.0 to Catalyst.
Those dependent upon AMD's proprietary Linux graphics driver have a new Catalyst update to play with today.
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver.
A German web-site is hosting a yet to be officially released Catalyst Linux driver.
Back in July AMD published an open-source HSA kernel driver for Linux and since then they've put out more HSA Linux code so open-source Linux users can finally realize the benefits of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture on Kaveri APUs. By the end of 2014 it looks like it will finally be ready for Linux end-users.
AMD has finally managed to publish open-source Unified Video Decoder (UVD) support for the original R600 graphics processors.
AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server.
To no great surprise, AMD is cooperating with The Khronos Group to allow them to incorporate portions of their Mantle graphics API into the next-generation Khronos graphics API.
At the end of last week AMD quietly released the Catalyst 14.8 binary driver for Linux that went unnoticed until now.
Following yesterday's RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst comparison using the new AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU with Radeon R7 Graphics, I then upgraded to the latest Git code for the Linux 3.17 kernel to look for performance changes.
AMD's "R600" LLVM back-end is likely to be renamed for LLVM 3.6.
AMD this morning has officially announced the A10-7800, the 65 Watt version of their "Kaveri" APU that's a follow-up launch to the A10-7850K that launched earlier in the year.
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they've finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes.
Back in May I wrote about how AMD's open-source support for Hawaii was broken months after the Radeon R9 290 series was introduced... Fast forward to today, the AMD Hawaii open-source support is still broken.
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