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    Phoronix: AMDGPU-PRO 16.40 Released For Ubuntu & Red Hat Linux Systems

    There is finally a new release of the AMDGPU-PRO hybrid Radeon graphics driver stack for Linux...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...16.40-Released

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    Why do AMD even keep working on proprietary stacks? They (the stack) are slow, support is awful, and performance falls behind AMDGPU in a lot of games.

    If they focused only on OSS drivers we would already have premium OSS: Kernel drivers, OpenGL drivers, OpenCL, Vulkan, etc.

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    • #3
      Nice, going to test Fedora as soon as I get home.

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      • #4
        A lot of these updates have already been at the SteamOS repos before this official release. http://repo.steampowered.com/steamos...pro-installer/
        But yeah, I think the same. The interfaces have been exposed to an extend that doesn't make a proprietary development reasonable. But as these updates already existed one can't surely say that they are currently keep up the development on it.
        I guess it's more likely that these updates have been just packed as a new release.

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        • #5
          It was my understanding from a post by bridgman

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          • #6
            the AMDGPU Pro drivers where for the firefl cards and the AMDGPU oss drivers were for the radeon line and gaming.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Amarildo View Post
              Why do AMD even keep working on proprietary stacks? They (the stack) are slow, support is awful, and performance falls behind AMDGPU in a lot of games.
              Because of enterprise environments and support as their main priority where they can get money for further improvement.

              If they focused only on OSS drivers we would already have premium OSS: Kernel drivers, OpenGL drivers, OpenCL, Vulkan, etc.
              AMD already provided the tools to the open source community who already worked on them: support for all GCN in the AMDPGU kernel stack in progress, open source version on Vulkan named RADV, improvement of MESA which just reached OpenGL 4.5 level of parity, further improvement of OpenCL for next year, the GPUOpen initiative.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by monte84 View Post
                the AMDGPU Pro drivers where for the firefl cards and the AMDGPU oss drivers were for the radeon line and gaming.
                Basically the AMDGPU-PRO stack is more like the old fglrx where many fundamental parts have been outsourced(opensourced) to AMDGPU in the Kernel. There are still significant parts in AMDGPU-PRO like better Vulkan support and OpenGL optimizations that lack the AMDGPU- driver. So at the current point or more precisely on 16th August when the last update has been submitted to the steam repo, AMDGPU-PRO has not just been for Radeon Pro(FireGL)- cards as long as these features are exclusive to it.
                These thoughts have surely been meant as a long term assessment on which they currently work(opensourcing more and more features to AMDGPU).

                But I don't think that OpenCL- support should stay in the proprietary drivers though. People who buy Radeon Pro cards need FP16/FP64- performance so the distinction between these cards is fair enought. If a feature helps Radeon Pro it would surely help Radeon cards as well. It should be clear that Linux has full control over the hardware so working against this principle is like running your head against the wall. It should be more about having influence on the actual implementation and leading it to the right direction so no manpower is lost.

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                • #9
                  Has anyone been able to get amdgpu pro opencl support working on on the SI cards with 4.9 kernels and the open source amdgpu stack?

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                  • #10
                    What's going on with DAL? Looks like it not going to be mainlined, so what AMD decided to do?

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