Linux 6.0 Supporting New Intel/AMD Hardware, Performance Improvements & Much More

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 15 August 2022. Page 2 of 2. 2 Comments

Storage / File-Systems:

- F2FS low-memory mode and atomic write improvements.

- NFSD courteous server enhancements and greater cache scalability.

- Performance improvements to SMB3's client code around multi-channel handling.

- XFS scalability improvements.

- Send Protocol v2 support for Btrfs and a direct read performance optimization.

- IO_uring user-space block driver support.

- IO_uring performance optimizations and new features including zero-copy send for networking.

Other Hardware:

- Continued preparations around Compute Express Link (CXL).

- Early preparations for WiFi 7 support with multi-link operation (MLO). There are also various networking optimizations with this new kernel.

- Fixed broken keyboard issues for various AMD Ryzen 6000 series laptops.

- Touchpad and keyboard issues after suspend has been fixed up for many TUXEDO Computers / Clevo laptops.

- Habana Labs Gaudi2 support for that recently announced AI accelerator from Intel.

- Big cleanups to the Realtek R8188EU WiFi driver.

- Intel Raptor Lake Thunderbolt support.

- AMD SFH v1.1 support for Sensor Fusion Hub support with new Ryzen laptops.

- More ASUS motherboards having working sensor support.

- XP-PEN Deco L drawing tablet support.

- Support for the Aquacomputer Quadro fan controller.

Other Linux 6.0 Kernel Features:

- The H.265/HEVC media user-space API has been promoted to stable.

- Support for setting the system hostname via the hostname= kernel option.

- Many VirtIO improvements.

- The VMEbus code was demoted back to the kernel's staging area.

- The Kconfig switch for the "-O3" compiler optimization level has been removed from the kernel. The same behavior can be achieved via setting the KCFLAGS to your desired optimization level.

- SPI performance improvements.

- Various RNG improvements.

- Run-time verification for safety critical systems.

Stay tuned for more Linux 6.0 benchmarks to come on Phoronix.

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