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It's been a few years since last having anything to talk about with regard to the Tux3 file-system, but with the new year comes news on Tux3. This file-system has advanced and is more competitive now with EXT4.
1 January 2013 - Tux3 Surprise - 18 Comments
KTAP is an experimental project that's a new dynamic tracing tool for Linux. KTAP has several different design principles from SystemTap, one of the current most common dynamic instrumentation and tracing tools for Linux. This new project might satisfy some of those developers that have been wanting Sun/Oracle's DTrace to come to Linux.
31 December 2012 - KTAP - 1 Comment
Over this weekend a new DRM pull request was submitted by David Airlie for the Linux 3.8 kernel.
30 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 - 6 Comments
A new driver has been written for supporting Intel QST, Quiet System Technology, on Linux.
25 December 2012 - Intel QST
While there's a lot of features that are new to the Linux 3.8 kernel as covered in The Feature Overview For The Linux 3.8 Kernel, there's also several promising new features and functionality that didn't make the cut for this next kernel release.
25 December 2012 - Missing Features - 6 Comments
With the merge window having closed on the Linux 3.8 kernel, here's a comprehensive list of the most interesting features for this next major open-source kernel release.
24 December 2012 - Features
While there's a lot of great stuff to the Linux 3.8 kernel, with the merge window recently closed, one feature that's long been lacking from the mainline Linux kernel is support for kernel mode-setting (KMS) on VIA graphics hardware.
23 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 Kernel - 6 Comments
A few months ago I wrote about hot-data tracking for the Linux kernel, a VFS feature that could be used by Btrfs and other Linux file-systems for delivering improved performance. Unfortunately the patch-set didn't make the new Linux 3.8 development cycle, but hot-data tracking is still being worked on for merging into a future Linux kernel release.
22 December 2012 - Hot-Data Tracking - 12 Comments
One of the merges not yet talked about for the Linux 3.8 kernel was the mainlining of the F2FS file-system for flash devices.
22 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 - 7 Comments
The first release candidate of the Linux 3.8 kernel was made available on Friday.
22 December 2012 - First Release Candidate - 4 Comments
Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) have been present in Intel and AMD hardware since last year with Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer processors, respectively, but their use isn't too very widespread at this point. Fortunately, the Linux kernel has been receiving some AVX1/AVX2 optimizations.
19 December 2012 - MD Layer RAID6 - 2 Comments
Dynticks, the Dynamic Tick Timer for allowing the Linux kernel to skip ticks while idling and resume to running at full HZ when encountering load, is in the process of being extended. Developers are working on making Dynticks work even under select workloads in order to enhance the performance of CPU-intensive tasks.
18 December 2012 - Dynticks - 5 Comments
The Balance NUMA branch of the Linux kernel has been merged for the current 3.8 development cycle.
18 December 2012 - Balance NUMA
The Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 3.8 kernel will feature performance improvements among other work. Btrfs RAID 5/6 support is also to be published this week.
17 December 2012 - Btrfs Linux - 3 Comments
The EXT4 file-system pull request for the Linux 3.8 kernel has been submitted and it's bringing fixes plus introduces two new features.
17 December 2012 - EXT4 Features - 4 Comments
David Airlie has sent in the highly-anticipated DRM pull request for the Linux 3.8 kernel. This includes the new Tegra driver and changes to the Nouveau/Radeon/Intel graphics drivers.
17 December 2012 - DRM Pull Request - 3 Comments
Version 426 of the BFS scheduler was released this weekend for the Linux 3.7 kernel.
16 December 2012 - Brain Fuck - 9 Comments
A new CPU scheduler for the Linux kernel was announced on Saturday. This new scheduler is based upon the controversial "Brain Fuck Scheduler" scheduler but attempts to support multiple run-queues for better CPU scaling.
15 December 2012 - BFS Scheduler - 4 Comments
While we are just a few days into the Linux 3.8 kernel merge window and there's still a number of pull requests that have yet to appear for this next kernel development cycle with new features, there's already a ton of exciting work. If you missed the horde of Phoronix articles in the past few days covering the prominent features, here's a recap showing why this Linux kernel being developed over the holidays is a great gift for its users.
15 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 - 7 Comments
The FUSE module, which allows for file-systems to be run from user-space, can now process direct I/O a-synchronously. This a-synchronous direct I/O can lead to very noticeable performance improvements for FUSE-based file-systems like ZFS.
15 December 2012 - FUSE - 8 Comments
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