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Intel Announces Q3'2024 Arrival For Lunar Lake
Intel Announces Q3'2024 Arrival For Lunar Lake

Intel previously indicated that Lunar Lake processors would launch by the end of 2024 and leading to anticipation of a Q4 launch... Intel today announced that Lunar Lake will actually launch in Q3.

20 May 2024 - Intel Lunar Lake - 6 Comments
Farewell Intel Xeon Phi: Support Removed In The GCC 15 Compiler
Farewell Intel Xeon Phi: Support Removed In The GCC 15 Compiler

Last week I wrote about Intel aiming to remove Xeon Phi support in GCC 15 with the products being end-of-life and deprecated in GCC 14. While some openly wondered whether the open-source community would allow it given the Xeon Phi accelerators were available to buy just a few years ago and at some very low prices going back years so some potentially finding use still out of them especially during this AI boom (and still readily available to buy used for around ~$50 USD), today the Intel Xeon Phi support was indeed removed.

20 May 2024 - GCC 15 Drops Xeon Phi - 4 Comments
Intel Readies Xeon Phi Removal For GCC 15
Intel Readies Xeon Phi Removal For GCC 15

For the GCC 14 compiler release is the deprecation of the Xeon Phi targets. With Intel Knights Landing and Knights Mill being end-of-life at Intel, they are working to do away with the GNU Compiler Collection support. A patch has been posted to drop the Xeon Phi ISAs with GCC 15.

17 May 2024 - Dropping Xeon Phi - 24 Comments
Intel Habana Labs & Xe Linux Driver Maintainer Steps Down
Intel Habana Labs & Xe Linux Driver Maintainer Steps Down

Coming as a surprise, longtime Linux developer Oded Gabbay announced he's left Intel / Habana Labs and is therefore stepping down from the maintainer role of the Linux kernel drivers for the Intel Xe DRM driver and more notably the Habana Labs accelerator driver that he's maintained from the start.

16 May 2024 - Intel Habana Labs + Xe Maintainer - 1 Comment
Intel IPU6 Driver Being Upstreamed In Linux 6.10
Intel IPU6 Driver Being Upstreamed In Linux 6.10

Intel's Image Processing Unit (IPU) IP has been a cause for concern in recent years as the lack of proper upstream open-source driver support has led Linux users running into troubles making use of MIPI camera sensors on modern laptops. Finally with Linux 6.10 the Intel IPU6 driver is being upstreamed into the media subsystem.

16 May 2024 - Intel Image Processing Unit IPU6 - 4 Comments
Intel TDX For Confidential VMs Causing Concern Among Fedora & Open-Source Advocates
Intel TDX For Confidential VMs Causing Concern Among Fedora & Open-Source Advocates

One of the capabilities of newer Intel Xeon Scalable processors is support for Trust Domain Extensions (TDX) as a way of providing for confidential virtual machines. Intel TDX allows for "isolation, confidentiality, and integrity at the VM level" which is good from the security perspective but the dependence on signed binaries is causing mixed feelings within the Fedora camp at the broader open-source community.

15 May 2024 - Intel TDX + Binary Blobs - 16 Comments
Sound Support For Intel Battlemage In Linux 6.10
Sound Support For Intel Battlemage In Linux 6.10

Along with the various Intel Xe2 driver changes that are ongoing for the Intel Linux graphics driver stack, over in the sound subsystem the in-development Linux 6.10 kernel is bringing HDMI audio support for upcoming Intel Battlemage graphics cards.

15 May 2024 - Intel Battlemage - 1 Comment
Intel Arc Graphics Demonstrated Running On ARM With Ampere Altra
Intel Arc Graphics Demonstrated Running On ARM With Ampere Altra

With the new Intel "Xe" Direct Rendering Manager kernel driver that's been in development one of the touted benefits of the clean sheet driver design is that it would enable using Intel discrete GPUs on non-x86 CPU architectures. The long-used "i915" DRM kernel graphics driver has many x86'isms in the code-base built up over the many years of Intel integrated graphics that were only ever found within their x86/x86_64 processors. But now in the era of Intel discrete graphics, there's been issues in trying to run Intel Arc Graphics on say ARM, POWER9, and RISC-V, among others. The experimental Intel Xe driver was recently successfully demonstrated in running on ARM using an Ampere Altra workstation.

12 May 2024 - Intel Arc Graphics + ARM - 10 Comments
Intel Takes Open-Source Hyperscan Development To Proprietary Licensed Software
Intel Takes Open-Source Hyperscan Development To Proprietary Licensed Software

While Intel can be praised for their dozens (or likely by now, hundreds) of open-source projects they maintain and countless other existing open-source software projects they actively contribute to and are covered by Phoronix on a near-daily basis, not everything there is open-source. Intel is a wonderful and leading open-source promoter but occasionally there are closed-source blobs or questionable moves such as today: Intel is taking their Hyperscan library development from BSD-licensed open-source software to now the Intel Proprietary License moving forward.

10 May 2024 - Hyperscan Going Closed-Source - 29 Comments
Intel NPU Driver Preparing Hardware Scheduler & Profiling Support
Intel NPU Driver Preparing Hardware Scheduler & Profiling Support

The Intel iVPU accelerator driver changes for the upcoming Linux 6.10 merge window have been submitted for advancing the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) support found since the launch of Meteor Lake with Intel Core Ultra notebook CPUs. For this iVPU/NPU driver in Linux 6.10 are a few notable new features.

9 May 2024 - Intel iVPU Driver For NPU - 5 Comments
Intel Revises PCIe Cooling Driver To Reduce Link Speed When Running Too Hot
Intel Revises PCIe Cooling Driver To Reduce Link Speed When Running Too Hot

Since last year Intel's open-source software engineers have been working on a PCIe bandwidth controller driver for the Linux kernel to avoid thermal issues by being able to automatically reduce the PCIe link speed when needed. This driver still isn't over the finish line but today brought the fifth iteration of these patches.

8 May 2024 - PCIe Cooling Driver - 18 Comments
Rework For Intel CPU Model Handling To Land With Linux 6.10
Rework For Intel CPU Model Handling To Land With Linux 6.10

Intel engineers have been reworking Intel CPU model handling for Linux after using "Family 6" since the mid-90's with the P6 micro-architecture and continuing to rev the model ID only with new micro-architectural generations. It's an end of the era for Family 6 coming up and thus there's a lot of Linux patches being worked on to address assumptions within the kernel code that was only checking for an Intel CPU's model ID and not for any family ID differences.

27 April 2024 - Intel CPU Model Handling - 2 Comments
Intel Releases OpenVINO 2024.1 With More Gen AI & LLM Features
Intel Releases OpenVINO 2024.1 With More Gen AI & LLM Features

Intel engineers have just released OpenVINO 2024.1, the newest feature release for this excellent open-source AI toolkit that continues expanding its features and capabilities particularly around Generative AI "GenAI" and Large Language Models (LLMs).

25 April 2024 - OpenVINO 2024.1 - 2 Comments
Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 Brings Arrow Lake H Support
Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 Brings Arrow Lake H Support

The Intel Media Driver 2024Q1 release is now available that serves as the company's modern Video Acceleration API (VA-API) driver for Linux systems. The Intel media driver allows for iGPU/dGPU-based video encode/decode for HEVC, VP9, AV1, and other formats supported by the respective graphics hardware.

22 April 2024 - Intel VA-API - Add A Comment
Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 Brings Improved OpenCL/OpenGL Sharing
Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 Brings Improved OpenCL/OpenGL Sharing

As the first new release to Intel's open-source Compute Runtime stack in about one month for this OpenCL and Level Zero compute support, Intel Compute Runtime 24.13.29138.7 was released this morning with much improved OpenCL/OpenGL sharing and interoperability on Linux, out-of-the-box support for the Xe kernel graphics driver, new optimizations, and many other changes.

19 April 2024 - 24.13.29138.7 - 5 Comments
Native BHI Mitigation Performance Benchmarks On Core i9 14900K Under Linux 6.9
Native BHI Mitigation Performance Benchmarks On Core i9 14900K Under Linux 6.9

With the new security mitigation for the "Native BHI" Spectre vulnerability affecting even the recent Intel processors, a number of Phoronix readers have been curious about the performance impact of the mitigation. Over the past week I've been running some benchmarks on recent Intel CPUs to better look into any performance implications.

16 April 2024 - Spectre Native BHI - 2 Comments
Intel's Newest Software Effort For Achieving Greater Performance: Thin Layout Optimizer
Intel's Newest Software Effort For Achieving Greater Performance: Thin Layout Optimizer

Intel's software team is today sharing their newest innovation for achieving greater performance on Linux systems: the Thin Layout Optimizer. Intel's Thin Layout Optimizer is inspired by the likes of the Meta/LLVM BOLT optimizer and Google's Propeller but aims to be much easier to use while still delivering measurable performance gains for optimized binaries.

11 April 2024 - Thin-Layout-Optimizer - 16 Comments
Turbostat Becomes Semi-Useful To Non-Root Users
Turbostat Becomes Semi-Useful To Non-Root Users

The turbostat utility is useful on Linux systems for reporting idle/power-state statistics, temperatures, and other useful metrics for modern CPUs. It's also able to dive deeper and provide various MSR values and counters and other intriguing CPU bits. For much of these features root access is required and thus turbostat has bailed out up to this point if not running as root. But as a number of the metrics can still be obtained without root access, turbostat is finally being adapted to handle running better as a non-root user.

10 April 2024 - turbostat - 7 Comments
Intel FFmpeg Cartwheel 2024Q1 Brings New Filter To Transform Old Content
Intel FFmpeg Cartwheel 2024Q1 Brings New Filter To Transform Old Content

Intel's FFmpeg Cartwheel is where they maintain their various yet-to-be-upstreamed patches for the FFmpeg multimedia library either to enhance/enable new Intel graphics hardware support or improve/add extra functionality to this widely-used open-source library. With the Intel FFmpeg Cartwheel 2024Q1 release they are shipping a new filter for dealing with older content as well as several other new features.

10 April 2024 - Intel FFmpeg Cartwheel - 1 Comment
Intel Updates OpenCL Intercept Layer With New Abilities
Intel Updates OpenCL Intercept Layer With New Abilities

For several years Intel has been developing the OpenCL Intercept Layer to assist in debugging OpenCL software. It's been nearly two years since the last release of this open-source OpenCL interception layer while today brings v3.0.4 with a number of optimizations and new features.

10 April 2024 - OpenCL Intercept Layer 3.0.4 - Add A Comment
Mesa Adds PCI IDs For Intel Arc Graphics A580E & A750E
Mesa Adds PCI IDs For Intel Arc Graphics A580E & A750E

Following the Intel Linux kernel graphics driver patches last month adding two new DG2/Alchemist PCI IDs that when digging through the Intel Compute Runtime sources were confirmed as the Arc Graphics A580E and A750E, the Mesa OpenGL/Vulkan drivers have now added support for these new graphics processors.

5 April 2024 - Mesa 24.1 - 1 Comment
Intel Continued Upstreaming A Lot Of Great Linux/Open-Source Code This Quarter
Intel Continued Upstreaming A Lot Of Great Linux/Open-Source Code This Quarter

Along with AMD's upcoming hardware enablement and other Q1 code contributions, Intel's open-source engineers remained very busy this quarter as well. Intel continues upstreaming a lot of new code not only for upcoming hardware but also a lot of exciting Linux kernel features in general, various optimizations and improvements to countless open-source user-space software projects, and their other great open-source efforts in general.

31 March 2024 - Intel 2024-Q1 Recap - Add A Comment
Intel "Family 6" CPU Era Coming To An End Soon: Code Suggests Cooper Forest & Adams Lake
Intel "Family 6" CPU Era Coming To An End Soon: Code Suggests Cooper Forest & Adams Lake

Since the mid-90's with the P6 micro-architecture for the Pentium Pro as the sixth-generation x86 microarchitecture, Intel has relied on the "Family 6" CPU ID. From there Intel has just revved the Model number within Family 6 for each new microarchitecture/core. For example, Meteor Lake is Family 6 Model 170 and Emerald Rapids is Family 6 Model 207. This CPU ID identification is used within the Linux kernel and other operating systems for identifying CPU generations for correct handling, etc. But Intel Linux engineers today disclosed that Family 6 is coming to an end "soon-ish".

28 March 2024 - Intel Adams Lake & Cooper Forest - 15 Comments
Intel NPU Linux Driver 1.2 Released
Intel NPU Linux Driver 1.2 Released

Intel today published a new version of its NPU Linux driver user-space components that goes along with their iVPU accelerator kernel driver for enabling the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) found within their latest Meteor Lake systems.

25 March 2024 - Intel NPU Linux Driver - 1 Comment
DIRT 5 Now Runs On Intel Arc Graphics Under Linux With Driver Workaround
DIRT 5 Now Runs On Intel Arc Graphics Under Linux With Driver Workaround

The DIRT 5 racing game was one of the titles that hadn't worked on Intel graphics under Linux due to the sparse memory support for the ANV Vulkan driver. But with sparse support now enabled, the game was crashing at launch. But now a workaround is in place to allow Intel's Mesa 24.1 Vulkan driver to work with DIRT 5.

23 March 2024 - DIRT 5 - 18 Comments
Linux 6.9 Continues Clearing Out Code For Intel's Defunct "Carillo Ranch" Platform
Linux 6.9 Continues Clearing Out Code For Intel's Defunct "Carillo Ranch" Platform

Last year Linux kernel developers began clearing out code for Intel's nearly two decade old "Carillo Ranch" platform that was a 90nm 32-bit single core processor for embedded devices in the sub 20 Watt space. It was a ~2007 product that never shipped but the Linux kernel code was left in the upstream tree until beginning to see it removed last year.

18 March 2024 - Intel Carillo Ranch - 2 Comments
Mesa 24.1 Adds Support For The Intel Data Center GPU Flex 170G
Mesa 24.1 Adds Support For The Intel Data Center GPU Flex 170G

The current Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series products that were announced in 2022 built off Arctic Sound M are the Data Center GPU Flex 140 and Data Center GPU Flex 170 while now a new "170G" variant was added for Intel's open-source Mesa OpenGL and Vulkan drivers.

14 March 2024 - Data Center GPU Flex 170G - 1 Comment
Mesa 24.1 Enables Intel Xe Kernel Driver Support By Default
Mesa 24.1 Enables Intel Xe Kernel Driver Support By Default

While the new Intel Xe kernel graphics driver was upstreamed in Linux 6.8 as this modern DRM driver that is opt-in for current generation hardware and aims to be the default for Lunar Lake / Xe2, currently with Mesa you must build the Intel ANV Vulkan and Iris Gallium3D driver code with the "intel-xe-kmd" option to enable compatibility for this alternative kernel driver to i915. With Mesa 24.1 coming next quarter, that Intel Xe kernel driver support will be enabled out-of-the-box.

13 March 2024 - Intel Xe KMD - 7 Comments

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