NVIDIA Ships Vulkan Driver Beta With Fragment Shading Rate Control

This week's Vulkan 1.2.158 spec release brought the fragment shading rate extension to control the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-draw, per-primitive, or per-region basis. This can be useful similar to OpenGL and Direct3D support for helping to allow different, less important areas of the screen be shaded less than areas requiring greater detail/focus.

24 Minutes Ago - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 455.26.02 - Add A Comment

20 October

A Quick Look At Ubuntu 20.04 LTS vs. 20.10 With The Core i9 10900K

With Ubuntu 20.10 due for release this week I have begun testing near-final Ubuntu 20.10 builds on many more systems in the lab. Larger than our normal distribution/OS comparisons, here is the culmination of running hundreds of benchmarks (366 tests to be exact) under both Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with all available updates and then again on the Ubuntu 20.10 development state while testing on Intel Comet Lake.

6 Hours Ago - Software - 2 Comments
NIR-To-TGSI Support Added To Mesa 20.3

Mesa 20.3 has merged a long work-in-progress patch series providing support for going from the modern NIR intermediate representation to TGSI as the conventional Gallium3D IR.

9 Hours Ago - Mesa - NIR-To-TGSI - 4 Comments

19 October

Intel Lands A Hefty Tiger Lake Graphics Optimization

From my Tiger Lake testing so far with the Core i7 1165G7, the "Gen12" Xe Graphics have been quite compelling with a very nice upgrade over Gen11 and especially obvious win over the very common still Gen9 graphics. With Mesa 20.3, another measurable performance is on the way for the Intel Vulkan driver with Tiger Lake.

19 October 08:35 PM EDT - Intel - Tiger Lake - 3 Comments
Further Exploring The Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 Performance On Ubuntu Linux

Last week I published initial benchmarks of the Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" performance on Linux with the Dell XPS 13 9310 Developer Edition laptop. Of most surprise from those preliminary Linux figures were finding that for some single-threaded workloads the performance was actually worse than the previous generation Ice Lake. Since then I've been running more tests around the clock with some interesting discoveries to note today. It is possible to enhance the single-threaded performance so it's performing better than Ice Lake as would be expected, but comes with lowering the multi-threaded performance compared to the results shared last week.

19 October 10:17 AM EDT - Processors - 25 Comments

18 October

Linux 5.10 Continues Maturing The USB4 Support

Earlier this year Linux 5.6 brought initial USB4 support by leveraging Intel's existing Thunderbolt kernel support for which the updated USB specification is based. Succeeding kernels have continued maturing this USB4 implementation and that has continued with Linux 5.10.

18 October 08:24 AM EDT - Intel - Linux 5.10 + USB4 - Add A Comment
New NTFS Linux Driver Spun A Ninth Time, Still Under Review

Back in August was the surprise that Paragon Software is looking to mainline their NTFS read-write driver in the mainline Linux kernel after years of offering it as a commercial driver for those needing reliable support for this Microsoft file-system on Linux. Two months later they are now up to their ninth revision of this driver in their pursuit of mainline inclusion.

18 October 12:03 AM EDT - Linux Storage - NTFS3 v9 - 39 Comments

17 October

More KDE Wayland Fixes Heading Into Plasma 5.20.1

This week marked the release of Plasma 5.20 while KDE developers continue working towards not only Plasma 5.21 as the next desktop feature release but also providing fixes for next month's Plasma 5.20.1 release and the growing collection of KDE applications.

17 October 10:52 AM EDT - KDE - More Wayland Fixes - 26 Comments

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