Bitmain SoC Support Coming To Linux 5.1 – Sophon ARMv8 + RISC-V Chip For Deep Learning

Queued for mainlining with the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel cycle is initial support for Bitmain SoCs. Bitmain is the Chinese company that started out designing ASICs for Bitcoin mining with the Antminer and other products. The company has also been venturing into designs for artificial intelligence and deep learning…

Source: Phoronix – Bitmain SoC Support Coming To Linux 5.1 – Sophon ARMv8 + RISC-V Chip For Deep Learning

RADV Driver Gets Big Patch Series For 8-bit & 16-bit Arithmetic, 8-bit Storage

A set of 38 patches have been sent out that wire in support for the VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float, VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16, and VK_KHR_8bit_storage extensions to the RADV driver within Mesa…

Source: Phoronix – RADV Driver Gets Big Patch Series For 8-bit & 16-bit Arithmetic, 8-bit Storage

Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Access WSL Linux Files From Explorer, Other Improvements

With Windows 10 Version 1903 inching closer as the “April 2019” Update, Microsoft published a blog post on Friday night outlining the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) changes they are making in this next installment of the operating system…

Source: Phoronix – Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Access WSL Linux Files From Explorer, Other Improvements

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service Has Served Up More Than 5 Million Firmware Files

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS), which serves up system BIOS/firmware files from many different vendors as well as various devices so that hardware can see firmware updates under Linux and be updated via Fwupd, has served up more than five million firmware images…

Source: Phoronix – The Linux Vendor Firmware Service Has Served Up More Than 5 Million Firmware Files

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks

Announced at the end of January was the Samsung 970 EVO Plus as the first consumer-grade solid-state drive with 96-layer 3D NAND memory. The Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs are now shipping and in this review are the first Linux benchmarks of these new SSDs in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB MZ-V7S500B/AM compared to several other SSDs on Linux.

Source: Phoronix – Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks

Virgl Lands A Number Of Performance Optimizations In Mesa 19.1

For those using the Virgl3D driver stack for having OpenGL acceleration within KVM guest VMs with VirtIO-GPU that is then accelerated by hosts, there are performance optimizations that have just landed in the Mesa 19.1 development code…

Source: Phoronix – Virgl Lands A Number Of Performance Optimizations In Mesa 19.1