Mesa 20.3 Lands Rewritten AMD Zen L3 Cache Optimization

You may recall going back to 2018 that well known open-source AMD Mesa driver developer Marek Olsak was working on Mesa optimizations around the AMD Zen architecture. In particular, better handling of Mesa for Zen’s L3 cache design. A rewritten implementation of that has now landed along with some other improvements…

Source: Phoronix – Mesa 20.3 Lands Rewritten AMD Zen L3 Cache Optimization

Oracle Continues Building DTrace For Linux Atop BPF

More than a decade ago Linux users tended to be envious of Sun Microsystems’ Solaris for ZFS and DTrace as the two most interesting technical selling points of the platform. In that time OpenZFS is now extremely vibrant for offering ZFS on BSD and Linux systems while DTrace is barely brought up these days. This tracing framework originally developed for Solaris was fantastic back in the day but over the years Linux has stepped up its game with various efforts. Now as we hit the end of 2020, Oracle engineers continue working on bringing better DTrace support to Linux…

Source: Phoronix – Oracle Continues Building DTrace For Linux Atop BPF

Linux 5.11 To Land Optimization That Helps IO_uring Performance

At the start of October we mentioned a kernel optimization that can help IO_uring performance. Now as we approach the end of the month, Linux 5.11 is poised to land the optimization that especially helps out with threaded workloads…

Source: Phoronix – Linux 5.11 To Land Optimization That Helps IO_uring Performance

It's Now Even Easier Setting Up Windows Subsystem For Linux On Windows 10

When Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) initially debuted there were a few different steps that needed to be carried out for setting up this Linux binary compatibility layer atop Windows. But now with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds it’s becoming increasingly trivial to get going with WSL…

Source: Phoronix – It’s Now Even Easier Setting Up Windows Subsystem For Linux On Windows 10

AMD Navi "Blockchain" Card Support Being Added To Linux 5.10

Last week we were first to report on a PCI ID being added for a Navi 1 “Blockchain” graphics card without display outputs and seemingly focused on cryptocurrency mining. This card wasn’t talked about at yesterday’s Radeon RX 6000 series launch but that support is now on the way to the Linux 5.10 kernel…

Source: Phoronix – AMD Navi “Blockchain” Card Support Being Added To Linux 5.10

SiFive Is Launching The Most Compelling RISC-V Development Board Yet

If you’ve been waiting to port your software to RISC-V until having a decent RISC-V system where you can develop on-host, wanting to experiment with the libre processor architecture or even use it as a daily desktop system, or just wanting a Linux system that’s not x86_64 / ARM / POWER, SiFive today is announcing a new board today that is the most promising yet. The SiFive HiFive Unmatched is the best RISC-V development board we’ve seen to date and the closest to being the first “RISC-V PC” for Linux use.

Source: Phoronix – SiFive Is Launching The Most Compelling RISC-V Development Board Yet

Intel Reveals Few More Details Regarding 11th Gen "Rocket Lake" Processors

While 11th Gen “Rocket Lake” desktop processors aren’t expected to be released until the end of Q1’2021, given the interest building around AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” processors, Intel revealed a few more details today about their next-generation wares…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Reveals Few More Details Regarding 11th Gen “Rocket Lake” Processors

NVIDIA 455.38 Linux Driver Released With RTX 3070 Support, AMD SME Compatibility

Timed with today’s (limited) availability of the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards, the NVIDIA Unix driver team has released the 455.38 Linux driver with support for this new Ampere graphics card plus tucking in a few new features and fixes too…

Source: Phoronix – NVIDIA 455.38 Linux Driver Released With RTX 3070 Support, AMD SME Compatibility

The FSF Is Looking To Update Its High Priority Free Software Projects List

As we roll into 2021 the Free Software Foundation is looking to update its high priority free software projects list. These are the software projects that should be incorporating “the most important threats, and most critical opportunities, that free software faces in the modern computing landscape.” For now the FSF is looking for help deciding what to include…

Source: Phoronix – The FSF Is Looking To Update Its High Priority Free Software Projects List

Intel's oneDNN Continues Improving Support For Non-Intel Hardware

Earlier this year was the surprising move of Intel’s oneDNN neural network library adding AArch64 support and that was then complemented by adding IBM POWER support to this neural network library that is part of their oneAPI collection. Now with the latest oneDNN 2.0 beta they have furthered the support and performance for non-Intel hardware…

Source: Phoronix – Intel’s oneDNN Continues Improving Support For Non-Intel Hardware

Intel Begins Their Open-Source Driver Support For Vulkan Ray-Tracing With Xe HPG

Intel’s open-source developers have begun publishing their patches enabling their “ANV” Vulkan Linux driver to support Vulkan ray-tracing! This is in preparation for next year’s Xe HPG graphics card that will feature hardware-accelerated ray-tracing…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Begins Their Open-Source Driver Support For Vulkan Ray-Tracing With Xe HPG

Real-Time Patches Updated For Linux 5.9/5.10 With The Code Not Yet Mainlined

There was talk earlier this year of mainlining the real-time Linux kernel patches after similar discussions last year didn’t result in it happening. Merging the RT code didn’t happen for the recent Linux 5.10 merge window but at least the out-of-tree patches were quickly re-based for Linux 5.9 stable and 5.10-rc1…

Source: Phoronix – Real-Time Patches Updated For Linux 5.9/5.10 With The Code Not Yet Mainlined