Linux's FSCRYPT Working On Encryption + Case-Insensitive Support

FSCRYPT as the file-system encryption framework for the Linux kernel and is currently wired up for EXT4, F2FS, and UBIFS to offer native encryption capabilities is currently seeing improvements so the separate casefolding (case-insensitive) file/folder support can work on encrypted directories…

Source: Phoronix – Linux’s FSCRYPT Working On Encryption + Case-Insensitive Support

PipeWire 0.3 Released With Redesigned Scheduling Code To Offer JACK2-Like Performance

PipeWire is the Red Hat engineered project aiming to offer better audio/video stream handling on Linux that integrates well with Flatpak and can optimally handle use-cases currently covered by the likes of PulseAudio and JACK. This week marked the release of PipeWire 0.3 as another big step forward for the effort…

Source: Phoronix – PipeWire 0.3 Released With Redesigned Scheduling Code To Offer JACK2-Like Performance

A Few More Linux Kernel Patches Floated This Week For AMD Family 19h (Zen 3)

Going back to the start of 2020 we’ve been seeing a few patches here and there around AMD Family 19h, almost certainly Zen 3. That patch work has continued with a few more bits out this week while hopefully more bring-up is on the horizon ahead of the Linux 5.7 merge window opening in just over one month’s time…

Source: Phoronix – A Few More Linux Kernel Patches Floated This Week For AMD Family 19h (Zen 3)

NVIDIA Demonstrates Porting Of DirectX Ray-Tracing To Vulkan

Big “open-source” achievements aren’t too common for NVIDIA or Microsoft much less together, but thanks to their open-source work on the DXC DirectXCompiler it’s possible to easily convert HLSL DXR shaders to SPIR-V for Vulkan…

Source: Phoronix – NVIDIA Demonstrates Porting Of DirectX Ray-Tracing To Vulkan

Benchmarking OpenMandriva's AMD Ryzen Optimized Linux Distribution On The Threadripper 3970X

While Clear Linux is well known as being the performance-optimized Linux distribution out of Intel and catered towards performing the best on their hardware (though as we continue to show, Clear Linux does also perform incredibly well on AMD hardware too and generally faster than other distributions), when it comes to AMD-optimized distributions the primary example remains OpenMandriva. Since 2018 OpenMandriva has been providing an AMD Zen optimized build where their operating system and entire package archive is built with the “znver1” compiler optimizations. As it’s been almost a year since last looking at OpenMandriva’s Zen optimized build, here are some fresh benchmarks using the newly-released OpenMandriva 4.1.

Source: Phoronix – Benchmarking OpenMandriva’s AMD Ryzen Optimized Linux Distribution On The Threadripper 3970X

Linux NUMA Patches Aim To Reduce Overhead, Avoid Unnecessary Migrations

A set of patches that continue to be worked on for the Linux kernek is reconciling NUMA balancing decisions with the load balancer. Ultimately this series is about reducing unnecessary task and page migrations and other NUMA balancing overhead…

Source: Phoronix – Linux NUMA Patches Aim To Reduce Overhead, Avoid Unnecessary Migrations

FreeBSD vs. Linux Scaling Up To 128 Threads With The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

Last week I looked at the Windows vs. Linux scaling performance on the Threadripper 3990X at varying core/thread counts followed by looking at the Windows 10 performance against eight Linux distributions for this $3990 USD processor running within the System76 Thelio Major workstation. Now the tables have turned for our first look at this 64-core / 128-thread processor running on the BSDs, FreeBSD 12.1 in particular. With this article is looking at the FreeBSD 12.1 performance and seeing how the performance scales compared to Ubuntu 20.04 Linux and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 based CentOS Stream.

Source: Phoronix – FreeBSD vs. Linux Scaling Up To 128 Threads With The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

GNOME Shell + Mutter See Changes For Tracking Software Rendering, VNC To Toggle Animations

GNOME Shell and Mutter saw a set of patches land today for GNOME 3.36 that have been around for a few months and deal with the tracking of software rendering and VNC usage where GNOME Shell should in turn disable animations to ease the rendering workload…

Source: Phoronix – GNOME Shell + Mutter See Changes For Tracking Software Rendering, VNC To Toggle Animations