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    Phoronix: AMD Publishes Vega Shader ISA Documentation

    While the Radeon RX Vega line-up hasn't even been officially launched yet, AMD's GPUOpen initiative has already made public the instruction set architecture (ISA) of Vega...

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

  • #2
    Does this mean that Vega chips will be able to run without any propritary blobs? This sounds like something the GNU folks would love.

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    • #3
      Good news everyone

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      • #4
        Yeah, that's really great news!

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        • #5
          What it gives us ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mphuZ View Post
            What it gives us ?
            I'm guessing it'll probably help Mesa devs a bit, I dunno.

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            • #7
              It's helpful to anyone working on a compiler for the GPU.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jbranso View Post
                Does this mean that Vega chips will be able to run without any propritary blobs? This sounds like something the GNU folks would love.
                No, Vega still requires binary firmware.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jbranso View Post
                  Does this mean that Vega chips will be able to run without any propritary blobs? This sounds like something the GNU folks would love.
                  No, firmware blobs are still needed and will always be needed in secula seculorum, amen. This is born as closed hardware and will remain closed hardware. Main difference is that now quite a bit of the blobs are loaded at runtime instead than in a ROM onboard the device.

                  And for the record: GNU folks (Stallman mostly) should get their heads out of their asses and start campaigning for open hardware. That's the only way to get a true FSF experience without restricting yourself to ancient obsolete shit.

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                  • #10
                    unapproved post for jbranso , it will appear after a while.

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