AMD new GPUOpen Portal and GitHub & better Linux drivers on the way
AMD has plans to get around these roadblocks, with developers probably laughing with glee. AMD will use a new GPUOpen Portal, which will provide developers with access to open source content, blog posts and industry updates, with all of the open source content being hosted on GitHub.
Some of the resources that developers will have access to will include TressFX 3.0 (DX11), and AMD's various libraries and SDKs, including LiquidVR.
Something else that was exciting from the GPUOpen news is that AMD is working on a new "headless 64-bit Linus driver".
Linux fans will love this, with AMD saying it will provide an end-to-end open source compute software stack, and it will open its drivers up to the community to tinker around in, and find errors and correct them.
Seeing AMD want to nail the Linux driver side of things is exciting. While they might not have many users on Linux compared to Windows, we are seeing SteamOS floating out - and even more so into 2016. I asked AMD about this, and they said that SteamOS wasn't a big consideration for the move of efforts with GPUOpen and their new Linux drivers - but they know the benefits will be there.
With AMD splitting its GPU division into Radeon Technologies Group and NVIDIA owning 80% of the discrete GPU market, is this enough to help AMD win over consumers? Possibly. I think that if you add up all of these smaller parts into one bigger battle - AMD is better positioning themselves for a stronger fight against NVIDIA.
Right now, AMD needs a new GPU that can really squeeze NVIDIA - and that is coming soon. The shrink down to 14/16nm is going to bring big surprises for people, and this is something we caught a glimpse of earlier in the month in Sonoma. Once we're allowed to talk about this, I think the bigger picture will be clear. If AMD can nail the GPUOpen initiative, make its drivers better (with the new Radeon Software being quite good so far), and have far better Linux drivers - the new GPU technology coming soon is really going to unleash AMD from its shackles - hopefully.
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