Wine "PBA" Shows Potential For Improving Direct3D-Over-OpenGL Performance

University student Andrew Comminos wasn’t too familiar with Direct3D or Wine development, but out of a desire for better World of Warcraft performance on Linux, he figured out the code-base and a means of enhancing the WineD3D code…

Source: Phoronix – Wine “PBA” Shows Potential For Improving Direct3D-Over-OpenGL Performance

AMDGPU In Linux 4.17 Exposes WattMan Features, GPU Voltage/Power Via Hwmon

AMD’s Alex Deucher today sent in the first pull request to DRM-Next of AMDGPU (and Radeon) DRM driver feature material that will in turn be merged with the Linux 4.17 kernel down the road. There’s some fun features for AMDGPU users coming with this next kernel!..

Source: Phoronix – AMDGPU In Linux 4.17 Exposes WattMan Features, GPU Voltage/Power Via Hwmon

SDL Now Disables Mir By Default In Favor Of Wayland Compatibility

With Mir focusing on Wayland compatibility now, toolkits and other software making direct use of Mir’s APIs can begin making use of any existing Wayland back-end instead. GTK4 drops the Mir back-end since the same can be achieved with the Wayland compatibility and now SDL is now making a similar move…

Source: Phoronix – SDL Now Disables Mir By Default In Favor Of Wayland Compatibility

Pengutronix Gets Open-Source 3D Working On MX8M/GC7000 Hardware

We’ve known that Pengutronix developers had been working on i.MX8M / GC7000 graphics support within their Etnaviv open-source driver stack from initial patches posted in January. Those patches back at the start of the year were for the DRM kernel driver, but it turns out they have already got basic 3D acceleration working…

Source: Phoronix – Pengutronix Gets Open-Source 3D Working On MX8M/GC7000 Hardware

Radeon Linux OpenGL Driver Continues Giving Its Best Against Windows 10

With having around a Windows 10 installation this week for the latest Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux benchmarking, I also carried out some fresh benchmarks of the Radeon gaming performance between Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux using the very latest drivers on each platform. This time around a Radeon RX 580 and RX Vega 64 were used for this benchmarking.

Source: Phoronix – Radeon Linux OpenGL Driver Continues Giving Its Best Against Windows 10

Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting

The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it’s not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility…

Source: Phoronix – Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting

Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance…

Source: Phoronix – Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

AI-Powered / Machine Learning Linux Performance Tuning Is Now A Thing

A year and a half ago I wrote about a start-up working on dynamically-tuned, self-optimizing Linux servers. That company is now known as Concertio and they just launched their “AI powered” toolkit for IT administrators and performance engineers to optimize their server performance…

Source: Phoronix – AI-Powered / Machine Learning Linux Performance Tuning Is Now A Thing

Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018

Back in December was our most recent round of Windows Subsystem for Linux benchmarking with Windows 10 while since then both Linux and Windows have received new stable updates, most notably for mitigating the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Windows 10 WSL performance against Linux using the latest updates as of this week while also running some comparison tests too against Docker on Windows and Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Source: Phoronix – Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018

SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality

It’s been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support…

Source: Phoronix – SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D’s Clover Is Closer To Reality

The Community Has Brought The Unity 8 Desktop To Ubuntu 18.04

Besides bringing Ubuntu Touch to new mobile devices, the UBports team has also managed to continue their community-driven work on advancing the Unity 8 convergence desktop after Canonical abandoned work on it last year. They now have Unity 8 working on top of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS…

Source: Phoronix – The Community Has Brought The Unity 8 Desktop To Ubuntu 18.04

Qt Has A Super Busy Year Ahead With A Lot Of Features Planned For 2018

Tuukka Turunen of The Qt Company has shared some of the company’s plans for the Qt toolkit in 2018. There is a lot ahead for this open-source, cross-platform toolkit in 2018 with another long-term support release later this year, new Qt Python bindings, a safety-critical renderer and more…

Source: Phoronix – Qt Has A Super Busy Year Ahead With A Lot Of Features Planned For 2018

Intel Cannonlake Graphics Should Be In Good Shape With Linux 4.17

Intel’s next-generation Cannonlake processors with “Gen 10” graphics will be considered good to go with the next kernel cycle, Linux 4.17. The alpha/preliminary hardware support flag is being removed for these CPUs expected later this year…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Cannonlake Graphics Should Be In Good Shape With Linux 4.17