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New "SCALE" Software Allows Natively Compiling CUDA Apps For AMD GPUs
New "SCALE" Software Allows Natively Compiling CUDA Apps For AMD GPUs
15 July 02:28 PM EDT - Radeon - SCALE CUDA For AMD GPUs - 33 Comments

While there have been various efforts like HIPIFY to help in translating CUDA source code to portable C++ code for AMD GPUs and then the previously-AMD-funded ZLUDA to allow CUDA binaries to run on AMD GPUs via a drop-in replacement to CUDA libraries, there's a new contender in town: SCALE. SCALE is now public as a GPGPU toolchain for allowing CUDA programs to be natively run on AMD graphics processors.

GNU Linux-libre 6.10 Takes Aim At Intel IPU6, Panthor & Other Drivers With Blobs
GNU Linux-libre 6.10 Takes Aim At Intel IPU6, Panthor & Other Drivers With Blobs
15 July 10:00 AM EDT - Linux Kernel - GNU Linux-libre 6.10-gnu - 12 Comments

Following last night's release of the Linux 6.10 kernel, the FSF LA developers have released GNU Linux-libre 6.10-gnu as their downstream kernel flavor that strips out the ability to load binary-only kernel modules and the ability to load non-free firmware/microcode into open-source drivers, among other alterations in the name of software freedom.

AMD Zen 5 Overview With Ryzen 9000 Series & Ryzen AI 300
AMD Zen 5 Overview With Ryzen 9000 Series & Ryzen AI 300
15 July 09:00 AM EDT - Processors - 15 Comments

Last week I had the pleasure to be out in Los Angeles for the AMD Tech Day focused on their new Ryzen 9000 "Granite Ridge" and Ryzen AI 300 "Strix Point" processors. This was an exciting event with many new details shared around Zen 5 CPU cores and the RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics found with the upcoming Ryzen AI 300 series mobile processors. The embargo concerning those architectural details have now expired while the review/benchmarking embargo isn't until a later date.

AMD Unified AI Software Stack Has The Potential To Be A Very Big Deal
AMD Unified AI Software Stack Has The Potential To Be A Very Big Deal
15 July 09:00 AM EDT - AMD - AMD Unified AI Software Stack - 15 Comments

Alongside all of the exciting Ryzen 9000 and Ryzen AI 300 series details shared last week at the AMD Tech Day in Los Angeles, what I also found to be very interesting was AMD sharing a bit more about a "Unified AI Software Stack" they are working to release in the coming quarters.

14 July

Fedora 42 Looks To Make Use Of The "Screen Of Death" DRM Panic Screen
Fedora 42 Looks To Make Use Of The "Screen Of Death" DRM Panic Screen
14 July 06:37 AM EDT - Fedora - Fedora 42 + DRM Panic - 34 Comments

While Fedora 41 isn't even out yet, early feature planning is already underway for Fedora 42 that will debut in the early months of 2025. One of the interesting proposals raised so far is for making use of the new DRM Panic screen functionality for a "Blue Screen of Death" of sorts for better presenting kernel error messages in case of kernel panics.

13 July

Pingora 0.3 Released With Support For HTTP Modules
Pingora 0.3 Released With Support For HTTP Modules
13 July 06:17 AM EDT - Programming - Pingora 0.3 - 6 Comments

Pingora started out as an in-house replacement to Cloudflare's Nginx usage that was written in Rust and eventually open-sourced earlier this year. Pingora has evolved into a Rust framework for building fast and reliable networked systems. Ending out the week is the release of Pingora 0.3 as the latest step forward for this Rust code that is widely used within the confines of Cloudflare.

12 July

GNOME Foundation Executive Director Departing After Less Than One Year
12 July 12:54 PM EDT - GNOME - Executive Director Leaves - 62 Comments

It was just announced at the end of last year that Holly Million was named as the GNOME Foundation Executive Director. After a little more than a half-year, this previous outsider to GNOME announced she will be stepping down from her post. A new interim executive director will be starting while the search begins for a permanent replacement.

AWS Graviton4 Benchmarks Prove To Deliver The Best ARM Cloud Server Performance
12 July 12:30 PM EDT - Processors - 16 Comments

This week AWS announced that Graviton4 went into GA with the new R8G instances after Amazon originally announced their Graviton4 ARM64 server processors last year as built atop Arm Neoverse-V2 cores. I eagerly fired up some benchmarks myself and I was surprised by the generational uplift compared to Graviton3. At the same vCPU counts, the new Graviton4 cores are roughly matching Intel Sapphire Rapids performance while being able to tango with the AMD EPYC "Genoa" and consistently showing terrific generational uplift.

Ubuntu Makes It Easier To Launch VMs On Windows, Authd PPA Up For Testing
12 July 12:20 PM EDT - Ubuntu - Ubuntu 24.10 In July - 12 Comments

Oliver Smith with Canonical has been communicating a lot in recent months around the great improvements planned for Ubuntu 24.10. Canonical engineers and the Ubuntu community have been working on many significant improvements for the desktop in Ubuntu 24.10. Today is a new blog post by Oliver to highlight some of the recent changes.

ARM64 Updates Submitted For The Linux 6.11 Kernel
12 July 06:30 AM EDT - Arm - Linux 6.11 ARM64 Changes - Add A Comment

Due to the ARM64 maintainer for the Linux kernel going on holiday, the ARM64 port updates have been submitted ahead of the opening of the Linux 6.11 merge window that will likely be on Monday or otherwise the following week depending upon if a 6.10-rc8 is warranted.

11 July

XWayland 24.1.1 Brings Many Fixes
11 July 10:50 AM EDT - Wayland - XWayland 24.1.1 - 8 Comments

Building off last month's release of XWayland 24.1 that brought explicit sync support, improved rootful, and other changes, the first point release has now been issued.

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