AMD Has A New Radeon DRM Performance Patch
AMD has a new Radeon DRM kernel driver patch pending that is able to offer Linux gaming performance improvements by improving the video memory bandwidth performance by the open-source graphics driver.
Published on Thursday was the latest patch by AMD's Christian König that adds large PTE support for their most recent GPUs -- the Northern Islands (HD 6000 series) through Southern/Sea Islands (HD 7000 series and newer; GCN hardware).
Christian explained in the patch contents:
This patch implements support for VRAM page table entry compression. PTE construction is enhanced to identify physically contiguous page ranges and mark them in the PTE fragment field. L1 TLB and L2 cache support is enabled for 64KB (SI/CIK) and 256KB (NI) PTE fragments, significantly improving TLB utilization for VRAM allocations.
This patch wasn't part of the latest Radeon DRM fixes for Linux 3.15; hopefully this performance enhancing patch will be applied for the Linux 3.16 kernel. Of course, when it is mainlined, you can surely bet that it will be benchmarked on Phoronix. In case you missed it, we posted some Radeon Linux 3.14 vs. 3.15 benchmarks yesterday.
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