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AMD EPYC Genoa/Genoa-X & Bergamo vs. Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids On Ubuntu 23.10

Thu, 11/23/2023 - 03:34
While Ubuntu 23.10 isn't a long-term support (LTS) release and thus won't see too much exposure in the enterprise space, it's worthwhile today looking at the AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon server performance. It's interesting for a look ahead being just a few months until Ubuntu 24.04 LTS and with Ubuntu 23.10 incorporating GCC 13 that will also be the default compiler of Ubunu 24.04 among other close software package versions, the kernel not too far off from what will be in this next LTS release, and with Ubuntu 23.10's Linux 6.5 kernel bringing some nice performance optimizations. So with that said I recently wrapped up some fresh benchmarks looking at the current generation Intel Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids performance against AMD EPYC 9004 Bergamo, Genoa, and Genoa-X processors.

Xen 4.18 Hypervisor Released With Support For New AMD EPYC & Intel Xeon CPU Features

Thu, 11/23/2023 - 02:27
The Linux Foundation today announced the release of the Xen Project Hypervisor 4.18 for this open-source hypervisor that serves as an alternative to Linux KVM use...

OpenZFS 2.2.1 Released Due To A Block Cloning Bug Causing Data Corruption

Thu, 11/23/2023 - 02:14
Those using OpenZFS 2.2 will want to update to OpenZFS 2.2.1 right away. A block cloning bug was uncovered that is causing data corruption issues for users...

The Linux Kernel Preparing To Drop Infrastructure For Old & Obsolete Graphics Drivers

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 23:15
Back during the Linux 6.3 kernel support for a number of legacy DRM drivers was removed and now patches have been volleyed for taking things one step further by now eliminating the infrastructure for supporting these older user-space mode-setting graphics/display drivers...

64-bit ARM Linux Kernel Against CPU-Specific Optimizations: "Pretty Unmaintainable"

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 21:47
While micro-architecture specific optimizations are rather common place within the Linux x86_64 kernel for various Intel and AMD CPU families with various performance tricks, the ARM64 Linux kernel maintainers are against introducing new micro-architecture specific optimizations as it affects new ARM processors...

NVIDIA 545.29.06 Linux Driver Released With Source 2 Engine Fix On XWayland

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 21:45
Ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday extended weekend, NVIDIA Linux engineers published their 545.29.06 Linux driver as the latest bug-fix release in the R545 series...

SiFive Gets Newer AMD Radeon GPUs Working On RISC-V

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 19:54
Thanks to AMD's Linux graphics drivers being open-source, they can be easily ported/adapted for new CPU architectures. For years older AMD Radeon GPUs have been working great on RISC-V such as shown in my HiFive Unmatched review back in 2021 with a Radeon graphics card in the PCI Express x16 slot. But newer AMD Radeon GPUs hadn't worked out-of-the-box due to AMDGPU's "DC" display code but that is changing with new patches from SiFive they are allowing the latest AMD GPUs to work on RISC-V...

wlroots 0.17 Adds New Wayland Protocols, Continued Vulkan Renderer Work

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 19:31
Released on Tuesday was a new version of wlroots, the Wayland compositor support library that was born out of the i3-inspired Sway compositor project. With this new release are new Wayland protocols, continued work on their Vulkan renderer, and the ability for the Wayland back-end to embed a wlroots compositor inside an existing Wayland client...

Lenovo Prepares The Linux Kernel For "Ultra-Performance Capability" On Latest ThinkPads

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 05:57
A recently posted Linux kernel driver patch by Lenovo is for a new "ultra-performance capability" with their latest ThinkPad laptops for ensuring their hardware achieves the best Linux performance when in the "performance" ACPI Platform Profile while conserving the most power in the balanced and power-saving mode...

AMD Extends PyTorch + ROCm Support To The Radeon RX 7900 XT

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 01:12
Ahead of AMD's Advancing AI event coming up quickly in early December, AMD today announced ROCm and PyTorch support has been extended to supporting the Radeon RX 7900 XT graphics card...

Ubuntu Linux Squeezes ~20% More Performance Than Windows 11 On New AMD Zen 4 Threadripper

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 22:38
With currently reviewing the HP Z6 G5 A workstation powered by the new 96-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX Zen 4 processor, one of the areas I was curious about was how well HP's tuned Microsoft Windows 11 compares to that of Linux. In this article is looking at how the Microsoft Windows 11 performance is out-of-the-box with the HP Z6 G5 A workstation as configured by HP versus a clean install of Ubuntu 23.10 with the Linux 6.5 kernel.

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Tue, 11/21/2023 - 21:45
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Linux 6.8 Looks To Upgrade Its Zstd Code For Better Compression Performance

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 21:25
Back in Linux 6.2 the in-kernel Zstd compression/decompression code was updated against the Zstd 1.5 upstream state. Now for the Linux 6.8 kernel in the new year the plan is for updating to Zstd 1.5.5 that should provide better compression performance...

Microsoft Looking To Add Windows Media Foundation Transforms "MFTs" To Mesa

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 20:05
In addition to Microsoft enabling OpenGL 4.6 over Direct3D 12 via Mesa, Microsoft engineers have also been working on some video improvements within the Mesa code-base...

Intel Software Developer Toolkits 2024 Released For Pushing AI, Python & HPC

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 19:40
Intel has announced their 2024 updates to oneAPI that they are promoting as the Intel Software Developer Toolkits 2024 release...

Initial Intel AVX10.1 Support Makes Its Way Into GCC 14

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 19:26
One of the features that was merged yesterday into the GCC compiler just before shifting to its "bug fixing" phase of development was Intel's AVX10.1 support...

FreeBSD 14.0 Released: Supports Up To 1,024 CPU Cores, OpenZFS 2.2 & Adds Fwget

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 05:51
FreeBSD 14 has been released as stable today as the newest major release of this leading open-source BSD operating system...

Open-Source NVIDIA "NVK" Driver Is Now Conformant For Vulkan 1.0

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 04:30
Mesa's NVK Vulkan driver atop the Nouveau DRM kernel driver is now officially Vulkan 1.0 conformant for passing all the necessary Vulkan 1.0 conformance test suite cases. Though don't get your hopes too high for this open-source NVIDIA Linux driver as the performance is still overall slow and the driver stack remains a work-in-progress, but at least it's a step in the right direction...

Firefox 120 Ready With Global Privacy Control, WebAssembly GC On By Default

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 01:28
Ahead of the official release announcement due out tomorrow, the Mozilla Firefox 120.0 release binaries are now available...

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X & 7970X Linux Performance Benchmarks

Mon, 11/20/2023 - 22:00
Last month AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series along with the new Threadripper PRO 7000 WX Series for bringing Zen 4 to the HEDT and workstation space. Ahead of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series processors becoming available via DIY retailers on the 21st, today marks the review/performance embargo expiration for the Threadripper 7000 series. First up today is a look at how the new Threadripper 7970X 32-core and Threadripper 7980X 64-core processors are performing for Linux HEDT workstations... Or the TLDR: the incredible Linux performance and potential for a wide-range of creator and developer workloads now possible with the Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series.