Ampere Computing Is Keeping Close Track Of The Linux Performance For Their ARM Servers

Hardware vendor Ampere Computing with their impressive ARM servers is doing a great job on closely following their hardware’s Linux performance as part of a rigorous continuous testing regiment or ensuring quality, compatibility, and stability while being fully-automated…

Source: Phoronix – Ampere Computing Is Keeping Close Track Of The Linux Performance For Their ARM Servers

LG Has Been Working On Reduced Boot Times With Hibernation Optimizations

LG Electronics has been exploring improvements around hibernation/suspend-to-disk to speed-up the Linux boot process for consumer electronics rather than performing cold boots and as part of that is working towards upstream optimizations…

Source: Phoronix – LG Has Been Working On Reduced Boot Times With Hibernation Optimizations

Intel Iris Gallium3D Is Close With SPIR-V Support For OpenGL 4.6

This week saw OpenGL 4.6 support finally merged for Intel’s i965 Mesa driver and will be part of the upcoming Mesa 19.2 release. Not landed yet but coming soon is the newer Intel “Iris” Gallium3D driver also seeing OpenGL 4.6 support…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Iris Gallium3D Is Close With SPIR-V Support For OpenGL 4.6

FreeBSD's Executive Director Calls For Linux + BSD Devs To Work Together

While called the Open-Source Summit, the event is primarily about Linux as after all it’s hosted by the Linux Foundation. But at this week’s Open-Source Summit in San Diego, Deb Goodkin as the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation presented. Deb’s talk was of course on FreeBSD but also why FreeBSD and Linux developers should work together…

Source: Phoronix – FreeBSD’s Executive Director Calls For Linux + BSD Devs To Work Together

Intel Shares Highlights From Their 2019 Open-Source Technology Summit

Taking place back in May at the beautiful Skamania Lodge in Washington was Intel’s OSTS 2019 for their annual Open-Source Technology Summit that traditionally was internal-only but has begun opening up including allowing external participants this year. I was at OSTS 2019 and it’s by far my highlight of the year with many really great sessions and a lot of useful networking at the event. Intel’s open-source team has now shared some video recordings from this open-source/Linux event…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Shares Highlights From Their 2019 Open-Source Technology Summit

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Is Working Well On Linux

AMD Raven Ridge APUs were a rough launch particularly on Linux where even with the latest motherboard BIOS updates and Linux kernel I am still hitting occasional stability issues, so when the opportunity arose recently to try out the Ryzen 5 3400G as the successor in the Picasso family, I was interested. Fortunately, AMD Picasso APUs have proven to be in better shape on Linux so here is the initial round of performance tests for those interested in the AMD Linux performance on Ubuntu.

Source: Phoronix – AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Is Working Well On Linux

Intel Submits Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 – Growing Tiger Lake

After having been submitting various feature updates to DRM-Next the past few weeks of new graphics driver feature code to introduce in Linux 5.4, a final pull request was sent in today with the remaining feature work slated for this next version of the Linux kernel…

Source: Phoronix – Intel Submits Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 – Growing Tiger Lake

Parallel CPU Microcode Updates Being Restored To Help Large Core Count Servers

Following Spectre/Meltdown, the Linux CPU microcode updating was made serial while now a new patch pending for the Linux kernel would restore the behavior to be parallelized in order to speed-up the process for large core count servers…

Source: Phoronix – Parallel CPU Microcode Updates Being Restored To Help Large Core Count Servers

Nouveau's Changes Sent Out For Linux 5.4 In Fixing Up The Open-Source NVIDIA Support

While NVIDIA recently began publishing more hardware documentation, don’t expect it to make an immediate difference in the quality of the open-source NVIDIA “Nouveau” driver. Today the pull request was sent to DRM-Next of the Nouveau kernel driver changes for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle and there isn’t much to get excited about…

Source: Phoronix – Nouveau’s Changes Sent Out For Linux 5.4 In Fixing Up The Open-Source NVIDIA Support

AMDGPU To Allow Memory Re-Clocking Soon For Multi-Monitor Setups

Currently the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver doesn’t automatically adjust the video memory clock speeds when running a multi-monitor setup since it’s more complicated to gracefully handle when scanning out to two or more displays. But a set of currently experimental patches will allow memory clock switching support on multi-monitor setups with the AMDGPU DC code…

Source: Phoronix – AMDGPU To Allow Memory Re-Clocking Soon For Multi-Monitor Setups

Fedora Switching To The BFQ I/O Scheduler For Better Responsiveness & Throughput

Following Chromebooks switching to BFQ and other distributions weighing this I/O scheduler for better responsiveness while maintaining good throughput capabilities, beginning with Fedora 31 there will be BFQ used as well…

Source: Phoronix – Fedora Switching To The BFQ I/O Scheduler For Better Responsiveness & Throughput