AMD/RTG Announces GPUOpen For Offering More Open-Source Code

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 15 December 2015 at 09:38 AM EST. 54 Comments
AMD this morning is lifting an embargo on GPUOpen, a new effort for embracing open-source with their Linux drivers.

With GPUOpen it sounds like they're going to offer more open-source software -- tools, libraries, SDKs, etc -- under the MIT license on GitHub. However, it doesn't look like all of the details are clear and public right now. AMD had invited me out to California earlier this month for their Radeon Technologies Group press briefing, but their PR representative had only been informed of it a few days in advance when I already had other commitments. While I asked for information remotely or after the fact, that didn't happen and now I'm piecing together details of "GPUOpen" via the Windows sites writing about it this morning.

GPUOpen will launch in January with various effects, tools, and other libraries and SDKs. This isn't just for Linux with OpenGL/Vulkan but will also include DirectX 11/12 samples and other Windows SDKs.

Radeon Technologies Group is also continuing to talk up the AMDGPU driver stack we've been writing about on Phoronix for almost two years now... With Catalyst becoming isolated to a user-space blob and sharing the same AMDGPU DRM kernel driver. Unfortunately, no details about when the reformed Catalyst Linux driver is expected.
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