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  • ROCm AOMP 13.0 Released For OpenMP Offloading To Radeon GPUs - Phoronix

    AOMP 13.0 is out today as the first update to AMD's Radeon OpenMP offloading compiler since AOMP 11.0 last December.

    AOMP is part of the Radeon Open eCosystem (ROCm) for offloading OpenMP work to AMD GPUs. AOMP is a downstream of the LLVM Clang compiler stack. AMD engineers have been working to upstream their OpenMP offloading patches albeit is a work-in-progress and they churn out new patches faster than what it takes to get reviewed and upstreamed. AOMP is not to be confused with AOCC as AMD's other LLVM Clang downstream focused on providing the latest CPU compiler optimizations/support.

  • X.Org Server 1.20.11 Released Due To New Security Advisory - Phoronix

    Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative has uncovered another security issue with the X.Org Server.

    Trend Micro security researchers found that shortcomings in the X.Org Server's X Input extension input validation could ultimately lead to privilege escalation for authorized clients.

    CVE-2021-3472 involves insufficient checks on the lengths of an X Input request could lead to out-of-bounds memory accesses in the X.Org Server. If the X.Org Server is running with privileged rights, this could lead to privilege escalation for authorized X11 clients.

  • xorg-server 1.20.11
  • Mesa 21.1 Squeezes In Improvements For Direct3D 9 (Gallium Nine) - Phoronix

    The feature freeze and code branching for Mesa 21.1 is imminent but last minute feature work continues to pour in. Hitting Mesa Git this morning as the latest activity were some fixes and improvements in Gallium Nine for providing Direct3D 9 support atop Gallium3D drivers to Wine/Windows programs.

    Gallium Nine lead developer Axel Davy saw his various fixes and improvements to this state tracker merged in time for Mesa 21.1. There are various fixes made as a result of running the Address Sanitizer over the code as well as from test compiles using LLVM's Clang. There are also various game fixes included as part of this broad merge request too. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the games that should be working again with Gallium Nine.

  • Mesa's Virgl Straps On A Simple Disk Cache - Phoronix

    The "Virgl" virtual 3D GPU project for providing OpenGL (and work-in-progress VirtIO-GPU Vulkan) acceleration within guest virtual machines continues to mature for improving the open-source Linux desktop virtualization stack.

    The latest Virgl addition worth mentioning on the Mesa side is the introduction of a simple disk cache. Stéphane Marchesin of Google has created a simple front-end disk cache for Virgl.

  • NVIDIA 465.24.02 stable driver rolls out for Linux

    Get ready to upgrade your NVIDIA drivers once again, as NVIDIA has today rolled out the 465.24.02 stable driver.

    This is not to be confused with the Vulkan Beta 455.50.12 that rolled out yesterday that's aimed at developers and serious enthusiasts. This is a stable driver release that you should be okay to upgrade with. Most of this 465.24.02 driver is following on from the 465.19.01 Beta that was released back in March.

NVIDIA 465.24.02 Linux Driver Released As Stable

  • NVIDIA 465.24.02 Linux Driver Released As Stable

    At the end of March NVIDIA released the 465 beta Linux driver while today has been promoted to stable in the form of the 465.24.02 release.

    The NVIDIA 465.24.02 driver is available today with the NVIDIA RTX A4000/A5000 series support, various new Vulkan extensions now supported, power management improvements, and a variety of bug fixes.

Nvidia Display Driver 465.24.02 For Linux Is Released

  • Nvidia Display Driver 465.24.02 For Linux Is Released

    Nvidias latest proprietary binary blob driver for using Nvidia graphics hardware on Linux adds support for three new Vulkan extensions, Nvidias upcoming RTX A4000 and A5000 GPUs, better X11 DrawText() performance, numerous bug-fixes and some new Vulkan extensions.

    [...]

    The only interesting non-Vulkan news in Nvidias release announcement is a claims that they have improved DrawText() performance on the Xorg display server, support for the newly announced RTX A4000 and A5000 GPUs and a mention of having enabled Runtime D3 Power Management on notebook machines with Ampere and newer GPUs. The remainder of the release announcement consists of less interesting bug-fixes.

    Xwayland recently merged support for hardware acceleration on machines using the Nvidia driver in preparation for a Nvidia driver with the proper bits required to provide that functionality. This driver does not have those bits, so those of you stuck with a Nvidia card who want to run X applications on Wayland with GPU acceleration will have to wait for a future driver release from Nvidia which includes those bits.

Mesa 21.1.0-rc1 Is Releaed With Variable Rate Shading...

  • Mesa 21.1.0-rc1 Is Releaed With Variable Rate Shading Support For AMD GPUs, New Vulkan Extensions And More

    The first release candidate for Mesa 21.1, is scheduled to be released on May 5th, has been set in stone. It is a good indication of what the final 21.1 release will have: Variable Rate Shading support on the very latest AMD RX 6000 GPUs, new Vulkan features, OpenGL 4.6 support in the OpenGL-To-Vulkan translation layer, graphics optimizations for Intel's 12th generation GPUs/CPUs and a bit more.

    [...]

    Mesa a everything-on-one graphics library that provides all the free software graphics drivers used by Linux-based operating systems. The upcoming 21.1 versions brings some notable features for those who happen to have the very latest AMD graphics hardware, some nice features to those who happen to use a CPU-integrated Intel GPU and some minor updates for everyone else.

Mesa 21.1 RC

  • Mesa 21.1-rc1 Released With RADV Optimizations, Faster Zink, Many Other New Features

    Feature development for this quarter's Mesa 21.1 release is now over with it having been branched from main and the first release candidate issued.

    Taking over Mesa 21.1 release management duties is Eric Engestrom. Eric issued a brief Mesa 21.1.0-rc1 announcement. Weekly release candidates of Mesa 21.1 are expected until Mesa 21.1.0 is ready to officially ship sometime in May. It should be early to mid May but with release delays being quite common for Mesa3D we'll see how this cycle play out.

  • [Mesa-dev] [ANNOUNCE] mesa 21.1.0-rc1
    Hello everyone!
    
    Once again, a new release cycle has started. Please test this first
    release candidate, and report any issue here:
    https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/issues/new
    
    Issues that should block the release of 21.1.0 should be added to the
    corresponding milestone:
    https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/milestones/25
    
    Cheers,
      Eric
    

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