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AMD Radeon 680M Graphics Benchmarks Across Various Linux Kernel, Mesa Versions
AMD Radeon 680M Graphics Benchmarks Across Various Linux Kernel, Mesa Versions

With the Ryzen 6000 "Rembrandt" mobile processors most exciting about these Zen 3+ SoCs has been the energy efficiency improvements and moving from Vega to RDNA2 graphics as with the Radeon 680M found on the Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U that I have been running many Linux benchmarks on over the past several weeks. For those wondering if it pays off moving to a newer Linux kernel or Mesa version with Radeon 680M integrated graphics, here are some reference benchmarks I recently conducted.

13 August 2022 - Radeon 680M - 1 Comment
Radeon Pro Software For Enterprise 22.Q2 For Linux Released
Radeon Pro Software For Enterprise 22.Q2 For Linux Released

Released in June was the Radeon PRO Software for Enterprise 21.Q2 to deliver AMD's enterprise-vetted graphics driver stack to Windows users. Meanwhile recently debuting is the long-awaited adjacent Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise for Linux driver update.

12 August 2022 - Radeon Pro Linux Driver - Add A Comment
RADV Vulkan Driver Now Supports NVIDIA's Device Generated Commands
RADV Vulkan Driver Now Supports NVIDIA's Device Generated Commands

As of this week in Mesa 22.2, the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver "RADV" has added support for the VK_NV_device_generated_commands extension. This NVIDIA-created extension that has been around for a few years with their hardware allows for the GPU to generate some of the most frequent rendering commands on the hardware itself.

17 July 2022 - VK_NV_device_generated_commands - 13 Comments
Radeon Software for Linux 22.20 Released With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Support
Radeon Software for Linux 22.20 Released With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Support

While AMD is normally fairly good at promptly supporting major new enterprise Linux distribution releases from Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical (Ubuntu), this time around with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS it's taken just shy of three months since the official release for them to formally release a new packaged driver supporting it.

15 July 2022 - Radeon Software for Linux 22.20 - 11 Comments
AMD Is Hiring To Improve Its Linux Graphics Driver Installation Experience
AMD Is Hiring To Improve Its Linux Graphics Driver Installation Experience

While AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver stack is wonderful if living on the bleeding-edge with a modern Linux distribution, for those on enterprise Linux distributions that tend to stick to older versions of packages for the support lifetime or where wanting to run a vetted/qualified driver stack, it can be more of a pain. For AMD's packaged Linux driver stack it only supports those select enterprise Linux distributions and can run into pain points trying to run elsewhere or even say running brand new LTS distributions at times can lack support. There are also challenges in installing/running the ROCm compute stack outside of the few officially supported Linux distributions by AMD. Fortunately, they are now hiring Linux build engineer(s) to work on such issues.

12 July 2022 - AMD Linux Build Engineer - 36 Comments
RADV Remains Competitive To AMD's Radeon Vulkan Windows Driver, Linux OpenGL Dominates
RADV Remains Competitive To AMD's Radeon Vulkan Windows Driver, Linux OpenGL Dominates

I'm currently working on a fresh comparison of the Windows vs. Linux performance for Intel's Alder Lake hybrid processors due to a number of readers inquiring how the OS support has evolved. In the process of carrying out those tests I also ran some fresh Windows vs. Linux tests with the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT for how the OpenGL and Vulkan driver performance stands.

5 July 2022 - Quick Radeon Tests - 27 Comments
New Activity Around Adapting ACO Compiler Back-End For RadeonSI
New Activity Around Adapting ACO Compiler Back-End For RadeonSI

As part of the work on the Mesa Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver, Valve engineers developed the "ACO" compiler back-end that is now used by default for RADV and has shown to deliver better performance at least for RADV than using AMD's official AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler back-end. There has long been talk about adding ACO support to RadeonSI while in recent weeks there has been new code activity on that front.

1 July 2022 - ACO + RadeonSI Soon? - 8 Comments
Radeon Software For Linux 22.20 Driver Prepared With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, RHEL 9.0 Support
Radeon Software For Linux 22.20 Driver Prepared With Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, RHEL 9.0 Support

For consumer Radeon GPUs the "Radeon Software for Linux" packaged driver version has been on the 22.10 series since the end of March. For AMD Radeon PRO professional/workstation graphics the advertised "Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise on Linux" driver is still the 21.Q4 driver from last December. AMD appears to be finally prepping to release the "22.20" packaged driver as the next feature release to this packaged AMD Linux driver stack for those not relying just on the upstream kernel and Mesa.

29 June 2022 - Radeon Software for Linux 22.20 - Add A Comment
AMD Posts Patch Enabling Vega APU/GPU Support For Blender's HIP Backend
AMD Posts Patch Enabling Vega APU/GPU Support For Blender's HIP Backend

With the AMD Radeon "HIP" acceleration in Blender 3.2 with the Cycles back-end, an unfortunate early limitation is that this is limited to just AMD RDNA2 (Radeon RX 6000 series) graphics processors while prior generation RDNA1 GPUs have issues with some textures like those used in the benchmarks. This week though AMD did post a new patch for Blender enabling HIP support on Windows and Linux for Vega/GFX9 graphics.

22 June 2022 - Vega HIP on Blender - 19 Comments
AMDVLK 2022.Q2.3 Vulkan Driver Released With Some Performance Optimizations

AMD today released a new update to AMDVLK, their official open-source Radeon Vulkan driver for Linux systems that is derived from their internal Vulkan driver sources while plumbed to use the open-source LLVM AMDGPU shader compiler back-end. For Linux gamers this driver doesn't remain as popular as Mesa's RADV but the update today does deliver on some game performance optimizations.

22 June 2022 - AMDVLK 2022.Q2.3 - 4 Comments
AMD Adds Radeon Memory Visualizer Support For Linux
AMD Adds Radeon Memory Visualizer Support For Linux

AMD's Radeon Memory Visualizer "RMV" tool from their GPUOpen initiative has allowed better understanding video memory usage with Windows across multiple APIs. In citing the "rising popularity of gaming on the Linux OS", AMD has now enabled Linux support for this tool.

13 June 2022 - RMV For Linux - 6 Comments
AMDVLK 2022.Q2.2 Released As First Update In Over One Month
AMDVLK 2022.Q2.2 Released As First Update In Over One Month

While Mesa's RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver continues seeing a lot of activity on a near daily basis by developers from Valve, Red Hat, Google, and other independent contributors, AMD continues with AMDVLK as their official open-source Vulkan driver derived from their internal, closed-source Vulkan driver for Windows and Linux. Out today is AMDVLK 2022.Q2.2 as the latest open-source snapshot of this Vulkan driver.

20 May 2022 - AMDVLK 2022.Q2.2 - Add A Comment
RADV Vulkan Driver Continues At Full-Speed Preparing For RDNA3/GFX11 GPUs
RADV Vulkan Driver Continues At Full-Speed Preparing For RDNA3/GFX11 GPUs

Last week I wrote about how well known Mesa developer Samuel Pitoiset who is employed by Valve already started working on GFX11 (RDNA3) support for RADV, the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver in Mesa that isn't officially supported by AMD but remains more popular than their own "AMDVLK" driver. More GFX11/RDNA3 preparation work remains ongoing and it's looking like if trends continue this open-source driver could be ready for RDNA3 graphics cards in time for launch.

19 May 2022 - RADV Vulkan - 6 Comments
More AMD RDNA3 Code Prepared For Linux 5.19, RADV Begins Landing Task Shaders
More AMD RDNA3 Code Prepared For Linux 5.19, RADV Begins Landing Task Shaders

While open-source fans this morning are celebrating NVIDIA finally publishing open-source kernel driver code as a step to opening up their driver, open-source AMD Radeon driver developers are proceeding as normal and undeterred by NVIDIA's open kernel-only approach. Another batch of AMD graphics code was sent in this morning to DRM-Next and then over in user-space Mesa's RADV Vulkan driver has landed more task shader code.

12 May 2022 - Open-Source AMD Excitement - 12 Comments
RADV's Vulkan Ray-Tracing LBVH Extended Back To All GCN GPUs
RADV's Vulkan Ray-Tracing LBVH Extended Back To All GCN GPUs

Mesa's Radeon Vulkan "RADV" driver is in the unique position of supporting Vulkan ray-tracing for older AMD GPUs rather than just the latest-generation RDNA2 GPUs with dedicated ray-tracing cores. Though it's slower on these older GPUs, the code is in place for this open-source driver and the latest addition is now supporting LBVH going back to AMD GFX6 hardware -- in other words, all GCN GPUs.

8 May 2022 - RADV LBVH Back To GFX6 - 18 Comments
AMD Continues Posting New Patch Series For Next-Gen RDNA3 GPUs
AMD Continues Posting New Patch Series For Next-Gen RDNA3 GPUs

In addition to the recent notable Linux patch series enabling GFX11 graphics and VCN4 video encode/decode for next-generation "RDNA3" GPUs, AMD this week has been posting some additional patch series enabling other intellectual property (IP) blocks for their next-generation hardware.

3 May 2022 - Enabling The Blocks - Add A Comment

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