A look back at the most popular AMD Linux and open source news of the year

A look back at the most popular AMD Linux and open source news of the year

The twenty most popular AMD open-source/Linux news pieces on Phoronix for the year are shown below. This is just looking at our original news stories, not the hardware reviews or other benchmark comparison pieces.

Here’s a look back at the most popular AMD Linux/open-source news of the year, including the many milestones they reached in ramping up their support for both desktop/mobile and server hardware, as well as continuous success with their open-source Radeon graphics driver stack.


  • What do you hope to see out of AMD on Linux in 2022? Let us know in the forums but for now below is a look at the most popular AMD Linux news items for this year.

  • AMD has been boosting up their Linux talent at the firm, they have squared away their Zen 3 support and are making early preparations for Zen 4, and their GPU software efforts remain quite active, from the AMDGPU kernel driver and Mesa to their ROCm software initiatives.

Along with other optimizations to benefit the Steam Deck, AMD and Valve have been jointly working on CPU frequency/power scaling improvements to enhance the Steam Play gaming experience on modern AMD platforms running Linux.

AMD + Valve Working On New Linux CPU Performance Scaling Design

AMD Is Currently Hiring More Linux Engineers

It looks like thanks to AMD’s increasing sales and continuing successes in the enterprise space with more HPC wins and the like, AMD is hiring more Linux engineers. AMD currently has several interesting job openings on the Linux front.

Linux 5.15 Is A Very Exciting Kernel For AMD While working on my usual Linux kernel feature overview that summarizes the many articles over the past two weeks outlining all of the new features and changes merged, one area that particularly stands out for Linux 5.15 are all of AMD’s upstream contributions that happened to make it in this kernel.

There is a lot of new enablement on the AMD side — both for CPUs and Radeon graphics — but also improving existing hardware support. Linux Achieves 5.1M IOPS Per-Core With AMD Zen 3 + Intel Optane

Linux kernel developers have been working tirelessly to squeeze more performance out of IO_uring and the block / I/O code in general. IO_uring lead developer Jens Axboe who also serves as the Linux block subsystem’s maintainer (among other roles and major contributions over the years) has used his system as a baseline for evaluating such kernel improvements. He’s now moved to using AMD Zen 3 while sticking to Intel Optane storage and is seeing a mighty speed boost out of AMD’s latest processors. Minecraft Now 30% Faster With Open-Source AMD Radeon Driver On Linux

Being sent in as a fix for the Linux 5.15 kernel this morning and to be back-ported to existing stable series is a behavior change that the Linux kernel will no longer use AMD Secure Memory Encryption (SME) by default on supported hardware but rather making it now opt-in due to shortcomings of some platforms. AMD Ryzen 5000 Temperature Monitoring Support Sent In For Linux 5.12

Linux To No Longer Enable AMD SME Usage By Default Due To Problems With Some Hardware Those using the open-source AMD Radeon OpenGL driver “RadeonSI” on Linux the performance within the popular Minecraft game is about to be a lot better.