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AMD Posts Secure Memory Encryption For The Linux Kernel (SME)

Well, today seems to be the day for x86 CPU vendors to push out memory security related features for the Linux kernel... After Intel posted the Secure Guard Extensions driver for Linux, AMD has come out with a patch-set for "Secure Memory Encryption" (SME) that looks like it will be a hardware feature of Zen.

26 April 2016 - AMD SME - 30 Comments
AMD CodeXL 2.0 Released, Now Is Open-Source

AMD this afternoon announced CodeXL 2.0 as the newest version of their GPU debugger, CPU/GPU profiler, and static kernel analyzer. CodeXL 2.0 is a big leap forward and is now open-source!

19 April 2016 - AMD CodeXL 2.0 - 13 Comments
An AMD ARM 64-bit Dev Board Is Launching For $299 USD

Since last year we have been waiting for AMD to launch their "HuskyBoard" ARM development board built around their Opteron A1100 ARM 64-bit SoC. That board was originally supposed to ship in Q4'15 while now available for pre-order is a new A1100 development board that looks like it may be taking its place.

7 March 2016 - LeMaker Cello - 27 Comments
AMD's Massive New DAL Display Driver Is Facing An Uphill Battle

We weren't the only ones surprised by the massive size of the new AMDGPU DAL display driver. Weighing in at 93k lines of code, upstream Linux graphics developers outside of AMD are also stunned by the size of this code-base for handling display-related functionality with the AMDGPU driver for Tonga / Carrizo / Fiji.

12 February 2016 - DAL Driver - 43 Comments
AMD Catalyst Appears To Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows.

4 February 2016 - Catalyst XCOM 2 - 10 Comments
Testing The LLVM SI Machine Instruction Scheduler

Landing last month in the LLVM SVN/Git code-base was the SI machine scheduler for the AMDGPU LLVM back-end. This scheduler has the potential to improve the performance for some hardware/workloads, but not by the wide margins originally reported by some early testers.

2 February 2016 - AMDGPU sisched - 6 Comments
Testing OpenGL 4.1 With An AMD Cypress GPU On The Latest Open-Source Driver

When it comes to OpenGL 4 support on the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver for pre-GCN graphics cards, currently the only R600g-supported cards advertising OpenGL 4.1 right now are the Radeon HD 5800 "Cypress" and Radeon HD 6900 "Cayman" series. Here are some tests done with OpenGL 4.1 on a Radeon HD 5830 compared to Cayman and various GPUs with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

30 January 2016 - AMD HD 5800 Series - 27 Comments
The State of Compute Shaders For Gallium3D Drivers

Since last month Intel has offered compute shader support via their open-source Linux graphics driver. The ARB_compute_shader support is needed for OpenGL 4.3 but so far Intel is the only Mesa/Gallium3D driver having support for this important extension.

19 January 2016 - Radeon + Nouveau - 10 Comments

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