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Multi-Queue Block Layer Is Merged For Linux 3.13

The multi-queue block layer (blk-mq) has indeed made it for Linux 3.13 as one (of many other) exciting features. The multi-queue block layer can lead to better SSD performance through reducing latency by balancing I/O workload across multiple CPU cores and allowing for multiple hardware queues.
14 November 2013 - Linux Block Layer - 2 Comments

EXT4, XFS File-System Changes For Linux 3.13 Kernel

Earlier today the F2FS file-system "major enhancements" were merged for the Linux 3.13 kernel and now we have pull requests issued for EXT4 and XFS file-system updates.
13 November 2013 - EXT4, F2FS

F2FS File-System Major Linux 3.13 Enhancements

For those in need of a high-performance specially-optimized file-system for flash storage devices, the F2FS file-system developed at Samsung has seen more "major enhancements" queued up for the Linux 3.13 kernel.
13 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 F2FS - 3 Comments

The Linux Kernel Gets An ABI Tracker

The Russian Linux developers at ROSA have come up with a Linux kernel ABI tracker that monitors upstream versions of the kernel to record API and ABI changes.
13 November 2013 - Linux Kernel

Linux 3.13 To Support EFI On ARM

Beyond the NVIDIA Tegra 4 support and improved 64-bit ARM code, the in-development Linux 3.13 kernel will also support EFI on ARM.
11 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 - 14 Comments

The Linux 3.13 Kernel Is Already Super Exciting

The merge window hasn't even officially opened yet on the Linux 3.13 kernel but it's already super exciting and I can't wait for the new code to start hitting mainline and to benchmark these massive changes to the Linux kernel. Here's just a few things to expect so far but it's already gearing up to be a super exciting release and perhaps the best of 2013.
8 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 - 26 Comments

ACPI, Power Management Get Big Linux 3.13 Updates

The Linux 3.13 kernel merge window has become even more exciting even though it's not even officially open yet. Besides many to-be-merged changes talked about on Phoronix already, the ACPI and power management pull is particularly exciting for ARM and Intel Linux users.
8 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 Power - 31 Comments

SystemTap 2.4 Supports Probing Virtual Machines

SystemTap 2.4 has been released today for effective information gathering and software diagnostics on Linux systems. SystemTap 2.4 provides smarter error reporting, support for virtual machine probing using libvirt, and other new functionality.
6 November 2013 - SystemTap 2.4

Linux 3.13 To Receive Multi-Queue Block Layer

While the Linux 3.13 merge window isn't opening until next week, the maintainer of the block layer to the Linux kernel isn't accepting anymore changes for this next kernel release. The merge pull for the block layer in Linux 3.13 is already quite large, in part due to merging the multi-queue block layer (blk-mq) support for faster disk performance. The multi-queue block layer will allow Linux to perform significantly better for disk IOPS while reducing latency with multi-queue SSD access on multi-core systems.
5 November 2013 - Faster SSD - 18 Comments

BFS Scheduler Lost Some Charm With Linux 3.11

It appears that the out-of-tree BFS scheduler lost some of its charm with the Linux 3.11 kernel release where CFS is now running faster.
5 November 2013 - BFS Scheduler - 35 Comments

Linus Acknowledges 32-Bit Linux As Less Important

The Linux 3.12 kernel was released on Sunday evening but prior to that was a last-minute pull request that got rejected by Linus Torvalds and with it he reaffirmed the focus of Linux on 64-bit.
4 November 2013 - Linus Torvalds - 33 Comments

Linux 3.12 Kernel Released; Linux 4.0 Planning Talked Up

As was anticipated, the Linux 3.12 kernel was released this afternoon. The Linux 3.12 kernel is a mighty big update but beyond announcing its debut, Linus Torvalds also made mention of a delay in the Linux 3.13 merge window and has begun expressing possible plans for a Linux 4.0 release in about one year's time.
3 November 2013 - Linux 4.0 - 23 Comments

Linux 3.12 Changes, Kernel Feature Overview

With the Linux 3.12 kernel likely being officially released this evening if there are no last-minute delays, here is a look again at some of the top features and changes for this major open-source Linux upgrade.
3 November 2013 - Linux 3.12 Changes - 1 Comment

Linux 3.12 Kernel Benchmarks Overview

The release of the Linux 3.12 kernel is imminent so here's a recap of some of the benchmarks we have carried out so far on this exciting kernel upgrade.
3 November 2013 - Linux 3.12

KTAP 0.3 Brings New Linux Dynamic Tracing Features

KTAP is a lightweight script-based dynamic tracing tool for Linux that remains independent of GCC and doesn't require kernel module re-compilation. KTAP 0.3 was just announced this morning and with it comes some more features.
29 October 2013 - KTAP 0.3

Linux 3.12-rc7 Released; Final Version Likely In One Week

The seventh -- and likely last -- release candidate for the Linux 3.12 kernel is now available. While late in the release cycle, there's been an uptick in new patches merged this week.
27 October 2013 - Linux 3.12-rc7

Intel Does Another Batch Of Linux 3.13 Graphics Changes

While the Linux 3.12 kernel hasn't even been released yet, going back to late August Intel has been plotting their graphics improvements for Linux 3.13. In September Intel was already sending in drm-next changes and they have done more rounds since. Another drm-next pull request was issued today for the Intel DRM driver.
24 October 2013 - Linux 3.13 Graphics - 8 Comments

Linux 3.12 Kernel Still Shows Disk Improvements

The Linux 3.12 kernel brings faster open-source AMD graphics due to a CPUfreq subsystem change but there also appears to be faster disk performance.
23 October 2013 - Linux 3.12 Disk - 14 Comments

MSM Driver To Get PRIME & Render Nodes Support

Rob Clark has queued up some interesting changes to his "MSM" DRM driver for reverse-engineered open-source Qualcomm Snapdragon display support. The changes queued up for the Linux 3.13 kernel will include PRIME and render nodes capabilities.
20 October 2013 - Snapdragon DRM - 1 Comment

Armada DRM Driver Called In For Linux 3.13 Kernel

The Armada DRM display driver for Marvell "Dove" devices is being queued up for hopeful inclusion into the Linux 3.13 kernel.
20 October 2013 - Armada DRM

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