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ASRock X570D4U BMC Working Toward OpenBMC Support
ASRock X570D4U BMC Working Toward OpenBMC Support
3 Minutes Ago - Hardware - ASRock X570D4U + OpenBMC - Add A Comment

For those that happen to own an ASRock Rack X570D4U micro-ATX motherboard or are in the market for a server-grade AMD Ryzen 5000 series motherboard, patches are pending as this motherboard works on OpenBMC support as an alternative to the proprietary BMC software stack that ships with this AMD Ryzen 5000 series + ECC DDR4 supported motherboard.

2 December

1 December

SNC/NPS Tuning For Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series To Further Boost Performance
SNC/NPS Tuning For Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series To Further Boost Performance
1 December 10:20 AM EST - Software - 9 Comments

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series offer great performance out-of-the-box for Linux desktop/workstation users as shown in my Ryzen Threadripper 7970X and 7980X benchmarks along with the Threadripper PRO 7995WX. While a more common tunable on the EPYC side, the Threadripper 7000 series can also benefit from Nodes Per Socket (NPS) / Sub-NUMA Clustering (SNC) tuning for enhancing the performance of some workloads. In this article is a look at dozens of benchmarks while looking at the performance impact of SNC2/SNC4 adjustments for the Zen 4 Threadripper.

Threadripper 7000 Series, Wayland, Linux 6.7 & Other November Highlights
Threadripper 7000 Series, Wayland, Linux 6.7 & Other November Highlights
1 December 05:00 AM EST - Phoronix - November Highlights - 1 Comment

November was very busy on Phoronix with all of the benchmarking around the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series, the much anticipated Framework 13 laptop review, a lot of Wayland accomplishments being made this week, excitement building around the upcoming KDE Plasma 6.0 desktop release, and the Linux 6.7 kernel getting underway with new features like the Bcachefs file-system.

30 November

AMD Posts 11th Iteration Of P-State Preferred Core Patches For Linux
AMD Posts 11th Iteration Of P-State Preferred Core Patches For Linux
30 November 01:28 PM EST - AMD - AMD P-State Preferred Core - 12 Comments

For the past number of months AMD has been actively working on enabling AMD P-State Preferred Core functionality for Linux so that their modern processors can communicate "preferred" cores to the Linux kernel scheduler for making better decisions around task placement and ultimately ensuring best performance of Ryzen and EPYC processors running on Linux. This week they are up to their 11th take on these kernel patches.

Jolla's Former Management Acquires The Business
Jolla's Former Management Acquires The Business
30 November 01:20 PM EST - Hardware - Jolla Is Moving - 61 Comments

It's been a number of years since many in the Linux/open-source space have been excited by the Jolla smartphone efforts with their failed smartphone/tablet devices and more recently focusing their Linux-based Sailfish OS devices for running on existing devices. The latest chapter in Jolla is the former management acquiring the Jolla business.

Ubuntu 23.10 Showing Nice Performance Improvements On Ampere Altra Max
Ubuntu 23.10 Showing Nice Performance Improvements On Ampere Altra Max
30 November 10:30 AM EST - Operating Systems - 7 Comments

Gigabyte (Giga Computing) recently sent over their G242-P36 HPC/AI Arm server platform built for Ampere Altra and Ampere Altra Max processors. This 2U server platform can accommodate up to four graphics cards or a mix of GPUs and DPUs if so desired, for maxing out the AI possibilities on Arm. I'll have up a full review on the G242-P36 soon while in this article is a look at the direction of the Ubuntu Server Arm performance from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to now with Ubuntu 23.10 ahead of the important Ubuntu 24.04 LTS cycle.

Another Look At The Bcachefs Performance on Linux 6.7
Another Look At The Bcachefs Performance on Linux 6.7
30 November 12:00 AM EST - Software - 72 Comments

Immediately after the Bcachefs file-system was upstreamed into the Linux 6.7 kernel I began running some benchmarks on this new copy-on-write file-system. Shortly thereafter some scalability improvements and disabling a debug option by default were merged. So with the Bcachefs work for Linux 6.7 settling down the past few weeks, here's a fresh look at how Bcachefs is performing against the likes of EXT4, XFS, F2FS, and Btrfs.

29 November

AMD EPYC 8534P / EPYC 8534PN Benchmarks - Siena Delivers Incredible Value & Energy Efficiency For Linux Servers
29 November 04:20 PM EST - Processors - 9 Comments

Back in September AMD rounded out their Zen 4 server product line-up with the EPYC 8004 "Siena" processors that are optimized for delivering excellent energy efficiency with leading performance-per-Watt and maximizing value both for initial server costs and ultimately the TCO. These single-socket server chips are quite interesting for a range of workloads form the edge to networking and more. In today's article are benchmarks of the top-end AMD EPYC 8534P and EPYC 8534PN 64-core server processors and showing how they can take on Intel Xeon Platinum "Sapphire Rapids" in raw performance and blow the competition out of the water when it comes to the incredible performance-per-Watt and value.

Benchmarking Five Linux Distros Against Windows 11 On The Threadripper PRO 7995WX / HP Z6 G5 A
29 November 09:00 AM EST - Operating Systems - 76 Comments

Given the interest in the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX Linux performance and the benchmarks of Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 11 on this 96-core / 192-thread workstation processor, I've extended that comparison to now feature five Linux distributions up against Microsoft Windows on this HP Z6 G5 A workstation for greater perspective into the results.

Ampere Preparing The ARM64 Linux Kernel To Support Higher CPU Core Counts
29 November 04:00 AM EST - Arm - More ARM CPU Cores - 4 Comments

Ampere Computing has sent out its latest patch attempt at increasing the number of Arm CPU cores supported by the mainline Linux kernel. As it stands at the moment the 64-bit ARM mainline Linux kernel build supports 256 cores, which can be exceeded with Ampere's new AmpereOne processors in a multi-socket configuration.

28 November

Coreboot 4.22 Released: Initial AMD OpenSIL Code Added, 17 New Motherboards
28 November 05:00 PM EST - Coreboot - Coreboot 4.22 - 9 Comments

A new release of Coreboot is available today as the increasingly popular open-source system firmware solution that's used by Chromebooks, increasing hyperscaler / data center industry interest due to increased code transparency and security, System76 laptops, and more. Coreboot 4.22 is the new release and brings initial AMD OpenSIL code integration, 17 new motherboard ports, and more. Coreboot 4.22 will be succeeded next year by Coreboot 24.02.

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