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A Look At Linux Application Scaling Up To 128 Threads

Wed, 2018-10-10 19:22
Arriving last week in our Linux benchmarking lab was a dual EPYC server -- this Dell PowerEdge R7425 is a beast of a system with two AMD EPYC 7601 processors yielding a combined 64 cores / 128 threads, 512GB of RAM (16 x 32GB DDR4), and 20 x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs. There will be many interesting benchmarks from this server in the days and weeks ahead. For some initial measurements during the first few days of stress testing this 2U rack server, here is a look at how well various benchmarks/applications are scaling from two to 128 threads.

Microsoft Joins Open Invention Network With Its 60,000+ Patents

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:28
Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) to as they put it "protect Linux and open-source."..

Linux Kernel Patches Posted For Streebog - Crypto From Russia's FSB

Wed, 2018-10-10 16:48
Just months after the controversial Speck crypto code was added to the Linux kernel that raised various concerns due to its development by the NSA and potential backdoors, which was then removed from the kernel tree, there is now Russia's Streebog that could be mainlined...

The X.Org / Mesa GPU Talks From XDC2018 Are Now Available

Wed, 2018-10-10 16:18
The exciting X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC 2018) that took place two weeks back with talks ranging from open-source GPU drivers to continuous integration and more are now available for your viewing pleasure online...

GNOME 3.32 Planning To Retire Application Menus

Wed, 2018-10-10 14:08
Another visible change coming to the GNOME Shell environment is the removal of application menus "app menus" for what had been an early GNOME 3 feature...

Asterisk 16.0 VoIP / PSTN PBX Open-Source Software Released

Wed, 2018-10-10 13:12
Version 16.0 of the long-standing, open-source Asterisk VoIP/PSTN telephony software is now available for voice communication deployments...

NVIDIA Announces "RAPIDS" Open-Source Data Analytics / Machine Learning Platform

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:27
NVIDIA has announced RAPIDS as their latest open-source project...

The Linux Kernel In 2018 Finally Deems USB 3.0 Ubiquitous Rather Than An Oddity

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:26
The latest news in the "it's about darn time" section is the Linux kernel's default i386/x86_64 kernel configurations will finally ship with USB 3.0 support enabled, a.k.a. CONFIG_USB_XHCI_HCD...

vRt Aims To Be A Unified Vulkan Ray-Tracing Library

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:11
Even if you don't have a new NVIDIA RTX graphics card, the open-source vRt project aims to offer Vulkan-based ray-tracing for modern graphics cards...

LLVM Lands Support For ARMv8.5's Branch Target Identification (BTI)

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:53
A bulk of the Linux/open-source enablement we have seen taking place for ARM's new ARMv8.5 architecture revision is around its new Spectre defenses to help SoCs that will begin shipping later in 2019...

Unreal Engine 4.21 Preview Brings Some Linux Improvements

Wed, 2018-10-10 00:09
Epic Games announced the debut today of the Unreal Engine 4.21 public preview...

AMDGPU Developer Proposes Array Register Files For LLVM - Would Help Performance

Tue, 2018-10-09 22:04
One of the areas within the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver stack that could benefit from some additional improvements/optimizations is the AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end. One of the easy ways to see that the AMDGPU LLVM code could be improved upon are the Vulkan benchmarks when compared to AMD's proprietary compiler and there still being some significant wins with that more mature but closed-source shader compilation code. Fortunately, some improvements may be on the way...

"Thermal Pressure" Kernel Feature Would Help Linux Performance When Running Hot

Tue, 2018-10-09 20:51
Linaro engineer Thara Gopinath sent out an experimental set of kernel patches today that introduces the concept of "thermal pressure" to the Linux kernel for helping assist Linux performance when the processor cores are running hot...

ROCm 1.9.1 Released With Vega 7nm DPM Support, Profiling Fix

Tue, 2018-10-09 20:38
As a follow-up to the ROCm 1.9 release from a month ago that brought initial Vega 20 support, upstream kernel compatibility with the AMDKFD code, and other improvements, ROCm 1.9.1 was quietly released a few days ago...

DragonFlyBSD 5.3 Offering Some Performance Improvements

Tue, 2018-10-09 16:09
Since the release of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 this past April there have been many improvements to this popular BSD operating system, including on the performance front. I recently wrapped up some fresh benchmarks of DragonFlyBSD 5.3-DEVELOPMENT for seeing what the performance is looking like in what will eventually be released as DragonFlyBSD 5.4.

KDE Plasma 5.14 Released With A Plethora Of Improvements

Tue, 2018-10-09 14:40
KDE has announced the immediate availability of Plasma 5.14 as the latest quarterly feature update to this popular desktop...

MSM-Next Bringing A6xx Performance Improvements, Fixes To The Linux Kernel

Tue, 2018-10-09 12:55
Freedreno/MSM maintainer Rob Clark sent in his MSM-next pull request on Sunday of new feature material slated for the Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel...

Fedora Developers Update Firefox For Wayland With V-Sync, HiDPI, Better Rendering

Tue, 2018-10-09 12:23
Red Hat / Fedora developers have updated Firefox packages pending for F27 / F28 / F29 that bring a slew of improvements for the web-browser operating under Wayland...

Fedora 29 Is Now Under Its Final Freeze For Release Later This Month

Tue, 2018-10-09 11:17
As of last night Fedora 29 embarked upon its final freeze as the last step for reaching its official debut by month's end...

Wine's Direct3D Code Will Now Default To OpenGL Core Contexts For NVIDIA GPUs Too

Tue, 2018-10-09 11:06
Earlier this year with Wine 3.9 its Direct3D code changed to default to OpenGL 4.4 core contexts rather than the legacy/compatibility context. NVIDIA GPUs ended up being left at the older value but now that has changed...