As usual, Intel's preparing to land a lot of exciting changes within the Linux 3.14 kernel as soon as its merge window opens in the coming days.
Intel Broadwell is bringing support for OpenGL ETC texture compression and it's already supported by the latest Mesa graphics driver code.
Intel Linux developers are still working to land Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) support into the mainline Linux kernel for this new feature coming to Skylake.
Covered yesterday on Phoronix were some of the Intel DRM driver improvements for Linux 3.14 and it just so happens this week I did some early, quick testing of some of the Intel's graphics driver changes done for this next kernel.
Canonical is prepraring to land their first 3.13-based Linux kernel into the archive for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" release.
The Intel DRM graphics driver will again have another round of features and improvements with the Linux 3.14 kernel.
The "ILO" Gallium3D driver that supports modern generations of Intel HD Graphics now has support for the performance-boosting HiZ and has seen other changes in the newest Mesa Git activity.
Besides publishing their Haswell hardware documentation, coming out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center today is the latest Intel 3.0 X.Org driver development release.
As an extra holiday present for Linux and open-source fans, Intel has quietly released a large batch of new programming documentation that covers their latest-generation Haswell graphics cores. The new "programmer's reference manuals" cover the 2013 Haswell HD Graphics, Iris Graphics, and Iris Pro Graphics. This massive batch of documentation is spread across twelve volumes and does document their hardware registers.
While Intel's open-source OpenGL Linux driver improved a lot in 2013, sadly not advancing as much is the Intel OpenCL Linux driver for GPGPU support.
Intel Broadwell support continues to be tidied up within the Intel Mesa DRI and DRM kernel drivers to hopefully make for a smooth launch of Intel's next-generation processors within a few months time.
A patch-set has been published that provides Dynamic Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) support for Intel's DRM Linux graphics driver.
Patches were published last week that enable support for the Intel Processor Trace extension within the Linux kernel's perf sub-system.
A few days back I wrote about an Intel Linux developer finding a 50 Watt power regression within the kernel since the 3.10 release. At first it looked like it might be easily solved, but the issue is still being investigated and Intel hardware engineers are now getting involved in the matter.
A set of Intel developers have worked out a new set of AVX and AVX2 routines for the Linux kernel to enhance additional crypto functionality for better performance.
Published in early November was the initial Intel Broadwell graphics hardware support that was merged into the mainline Linux 3.13 kernel. This afternoon, initial Intel Broadwell support has been merged into the xf86-video-intel X.Org graphics driver.
An Intel Linux kernel developer has discovered that since the Linux 3.10 kernel one of his powerful Xeon-based systems is going through 50 Watts more energy while idling than on pre-3.10 kernels. This power regression could affect smaller systems too, but fortunately the issue has been bisected and an investigation is in process.
Ben Widawsky has been working on PPGTT support for a while now with the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver and he's now called upon for the support to be pulled into the next kernel release.
Yesterday I ended up buying a new Intel ultrabook for Linux testing at Phoronix. Here's the hardware that will soon be featured in some new Linux benchmarks, plus my reasoning for going with this ultrabook and other thoughts on some of the laptops/ultrabooks this holiday season.
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has prepared a set of thirteen patches against Zlib to sharply improve the deflate performance.
Intel's Windows OpenGL driver continues to make progress in a more steadfast manner than the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver. The latest achievement for the Intel Windows driver is OpenGL 4.2 compliance for Haswell.
A few days ago Intel implemented GL_AMD_performance_monitor support within their open-source DRI graphics driver and now they have implemented support for another important modern OpenGL extension that happens to have been developed by AMD.
Intel Linux developers are still working on a Haswell run-time power management feature for their open-source graphics driver.
While Intel "Sandy Bridge" graphics hardware is capable of full GL3 support, the open-source Intel Mesa graphics driver is still limiting it to OpenGL 3.1 compliance.
Intel's OpenGL Mesa driver has added support for the AMD_performance_monitor extension to expose more graphics system performance characteristics.
Carl Worth at Intel has announced the release of Mesa 9.2.3
The xf86-video-intel 3.0 driver is still on the way and Intel OTC's Chris Wilson has put out today its latest development release that has stability fixes, including further TearFree updates.
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has done their first release of Ozone-Wayland, the new component that allows Google's Chromium web-browser to work natively on Wayland without any dependence on X.Org. Fedora and Ubuntu binaries are currently available.
For those with Intel graphics on Linux and are interested in the lower-level workings of the hardware or in testing out new code, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has released a new version of their GPU Tools package.
Last month I wrote about the road being clear for Intel Cilk Plus landing in GCC and as of a few days ago the run-time library and Cilk spawn/sync support was finally merged.
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