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Cloudflare Releases Pingora 0.2 For Building Fast & Reliable Networked Systems

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 18:34
Two years ago Cloudflare outlined how they began replacing Nginx with their own in-house creation, Pingora. Back in February of this year Cloudflare open-sourced Pingora and in April issued the maiden release of Pingora. Out today is Pingora 0.2 as the second release of this Rust framework that is already used in production by Cloudflare...

Rustls Can Now Work With Nginx Via New OpenSSL Compatibility Layer

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 18:27
Rustls is the modern TLS library written in the Rust programming language with a large emphasis on memory safety and security. Rustls is backed by Google, AWS, and others as well as being a recipient of Germany's Sovereign Tech Fund. The latest exciting milestone for the open-source project is that Rustls can now work with Nginx...

Wasmer 4.3 Released: WebAssembly Runtime 25% Faster On Cold Startups

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 17:59
Wasmer 4.3 is out as the newest version of this WebAssembly (WASM) runtime that supports WASIX, WASI, and EmScript execution. This cross-platform WASM runtime continues to be focused on driving lightweight containers that can run anywhere in a very secure manner...

KDE Plasma 6 Sees More Features Merged Ahead Of Plasma 6.1

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 17:45
KDE developers had another busy week as more features were merged ahead of next month's Plasma 6.1 release...

NVIDIA's Open GPU Linux Kernel Driver Will Soon Be The Default For Turing & Newer GPUs

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 09:46
While we are all waiting for the NVIDIA R555 series Linux driver beta that is expected to debut as soon as next week based on prior information with Wayland improvements (explicit sync) and more, with the NVIDIA R560 series Linux driver successor is a very interesting change: NVIDIA is planning on defaulting to using their open-source GPU kernel driver by default for GeForce RTX 2000 "Turing" GPUs and newer...

AMD Aims For AMF Decode In FFmpeg, Questioned Over Vulkan Video Commitment

Sat, 05/11/2024 - 00:52
AMD last week sent out a set of patches to enhance the open-source FFmpeg multimedia library with integration around the AMD Advanced Media Framework (AMF). The AMF SDK allows for "optimal" access to AMD GPUs for multimedia processing but this patch series questioned the need in an era of Vulkan Video APIs beginning to see adoption...

Linux 6.10 Adding TPM Bus Encryption & Integrity Protection

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 22:34
Linux 6.10 is introducing support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM2) encryption and integrity protections to prevent active/passive interposers from compromising them. This follows a recent security demonstration of TPM key recovery from Microsoft Windows BitLocker being demonstrated. TPM sniffing attacks have also been demonstrated against Linux systems too, thus the additional protections be made with Linux 6.10 to better secure TPM2 modules...

Intel Takes Open-Source Hyperscan Development To Proprietary Licensed Software

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 22:07
While Intel can be praised for their dozens (or likely by now, hundreds) of open-source projects they maintain and countless other existing open-source software projects they actively contribute to and are covered by Phoronix on a near-daily basis, not everything there is open-source. Intel is a wonderful and leading open-source promoter but occasionally there are closed-source blobs or questionable moves such as today: Intel is taking their Hyperscan library development from BSD-licensed open-source software to now the Intel Proprietary License moving forward...

Linux 6.9 Features Many Great Improvements For Both Intel & AMD

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 18:57
Barring any last minute reservations by Linus Torvalds, the Linux 6.9 kernel should be released as stable on Sunday. It's been a fairly quiet week so Linux 6.9 stable will likely happen as opposed to going through an extra week with a 6.9-rc8 candidate. With this spring 2024 kernel there are many great features and improvements, especially for modern Intel and AMD platforms...

Vulkan 1.3.285 Released With New Extension From Valve VKD3D-Proton Developer

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 18:40
The Vulkan API 1.3.285 spec revision is out today with a handful of fixes/clarifications and another new extension developed by Valve engineering...

Rocky Linux 9.4 Released For RHEL 9.4 Derived Distribution

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 18:33
Building off last week's release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.4 (RHEL 9.4) has been AlmaLinux 9.4 and now the other notable community-focused downstream: Rocky Linux 9.4...

SDL3 Adds PipeWire Camera Support

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 18:26
Adding to the growing list of features coming with the SDL3 release for this hardware/software abstraction layer commonly used by cross-platform games and other software is PipeWire camera capturing support...

Intel Updates Its PyTorch Build With More Large Language Model Optimizations

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 18:19
Intel has released their Intel Extension for PyTorch v2.3 to succeed their earlier v2.1 derived extension. With this updated extension targeting PyTorch 2.3, Intel is rolling out more optimizations around Large Language Models (LLMs)...

SteamOS 3.6 Preview Released With Linux 6.5, Updated Arch Linux & Mesa 24.1

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 09:51
Valve tonight released a SteamOS 3.6 Preview as the latest version of their Arch Linux derived operating system that powers the Steam Deck and can be installed on other devices as well...

Mozilla's Llamafile 0.8.2 Scores Big With New AVX2 Performance Optimizations

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 08:15
One of the interesting innovations out of Mozilla Ocho as the browser company's innovation and experiments group is Llamafile, a easy way to distribute and run AI large language models (LLMs) from a single file. Out this evening is Llamafile 0.8.2 is the newest release with an updated Llama.cpp and most excitingly are some AVX2 performance optimizations...

LLVM Dealing With Slower Performance On AMD CPUs When Targeting AMD Zen Optimizations

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 04:23
Recently there was an LLVM bug report of "Worse runtime performance on Zen CPU when optimizing for Zen." Well, that's not good... Fortunately, that bug is now fixed with the latest LLVM Clang compiler code but other deficiencies in the AMD CPU optimization targeting remain...

SLUB Updates Submitted Ahead Of Linux 6.10 Merge Window

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 03:46
If all goes well the Linux 6.9 stable kernel will be released on Sunday and in turn mark the opening of the Linux 6.10 merge window. In hoping for an on-time release, some Linux kernel subsystem maintainers have been already submitting early pull requests of their feature material for v6.10. Among those early pulls are the SLAB (SLUB) updates...

AMD Preparing PCIe TPH Support For Upcoming CPUs

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 02:30
A new patch series sent out today by AMD Linux engineers confirm that PCIe TPH will be supported with "upcoming AMD hardware" as a nice performance optimization feature for PCI Express...

Ubuntu 24.04 LTS & Fedora 40 Continue To Trail Intel's Linux Performance Optimizations

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 00:26
While Canonical has been investing more into the performance of Ubuntu Linux and engaged some new performance improvements in Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, it's still not the fastest Linux distribution out there on x86_64 hardware. Similarly, the recently released Fedora Workstation 40 features the brand new GCC 14 compiler and other leading-edge open-source software packages, but there's still more performance left on the table as shown by Intel. Here are some fresh benchmarks looking at how Ubuntu 24.04 LTS and Fedora Workstation 40 are competing with Intel's in-house Clear Linux distribution that offers aggressive x86_64 Linux performance defaults and the best possible out-of-the-box Linux performance on modern x86_64 hardware.

AMD Publishes Micro Engine Scheduler "MES" Firmware Documentation

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 22:00
As expected, AMD today published the Micro Engine Scheduler "MES" firmware documentation for RDNA3 graphics processors as part of better engaging with the open-source community and aiming to address some gaps in their open-source GPU compute stack...