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RADV Open-Source Radeon Vulkan Driver Begins Landing Ray-Tracing Changes

In recent months RADV lead developer Bas Nieuwenhuizen began working on Vulkan ray-tracing support for this Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver that isn't officially supported by AMD but as an alternative to the company's open-source AMDVLK driver or their cross-platform proprietary Vulkan driver. Hitting the Mesa 21.2-devel code a few minutes ago is the initial Vulkan ray-tracing bits for RADV!

18 June 2021 - Ray-Tracing Support - 7 Comments
Experimental RADV Code Allows Vulkan Ray-Tracing On Older AMD GPUs

AMD currently just supports Vulkan ray-tracing with their Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards while now there is independent work being done on Mesa's unofficial Radeon Vulkan driver (RADV) to allow ray-tracing to work with older generations of GPUs like Vega and Polaris.

31 May 2021 - RADV Vulkan RT For Old GPUs - 36 Comments
Linux 5.14 To Allow Hot Unplug Of AMD Radeon GPUs

Linux 5.14 to debut later in the summer will allow for hot unplugging of AMD Radeon graphics cards such as when using an external GPU enclosure or passing back a GPU from a virtual machine to the host. Up until now the AMDGPU kernel driver hasn't cooperated nicely with the Radeon GPU for hot unplug events.

25 May 2021 - Hot Unplug - 14 Comments
AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 Driver Re-Released

Back in April we wrote about the AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 Vulkan driver update for Radeon Linux systems while as some driver deja vu this driver version with the same changes have been re-released.

13 May 2021 - AMDVLK 2021.Q2.2 - 3 Comments
AMD Publishes Radeon Rays 4.1 As Open-Source

Last year Radeon Rays 4.0 brought Vulkan support while dropping OpenCL and at the same time no longer being open-source... This GPU-accelerated ray intersection library used by the likes of Radeon ProRender is out today with version 4.1 and now it's back to being open-source.

11 May 2021 - Radeon Rays Open-Source - 13 Comments
AMD GPU Driver Developers Pursuing New HDR Display Work For Linux

One of the areas of Linux desktop display support that isn't as well supported compared to Windows is high dynamic range (HDR) displays. There have been various vendors and developers over the years working towards Linux desktop HDR improvements but still it hasn't been a fast-advancing area in the open-source ecosystem. At least now AMD Radeon graphics driver developers do appear to be working on HDR improvements.

30 April 2021 - HDR Display - 22 Comments
Radeon Vulkan Driver Adds Option Of Rendering Less For ~30% Greater Performance

If your current Vulkan-based Radeon Linux gaming performance isn't cutting it and a new GPU is out of your budget or you have been unable to find a desired GPU upgrade in stock, the Mesa RADV driver has added an option likely of interest to you... Well, at least moving forward with this feature being limited to RDNA2 GPUs for now.

10 April 2021 - RADV Render Less - 39 Comments
AMD ROCm 4.1.1 Released To Clarify Some HIP Bits

Toward the end of March was the AMD ROCm 4.1 release with a few new features. Released today is ROCm 4.1.1 with seemingly no real code changes but just to clarify two items around ROCm's HIP.

9 April 2021 - Radeon Open eCosystem 4.1.1 - 5 Comments

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