DRM-Next has brought important improvements to the driver AMDGPU in Linux kernel 4.17. Thanks to the developers who have brought new features to this graphical kernel driver. Since the beginning of February, changes and improvements for AMDGPU are being reported with the different updates for Linux 4.17, such as the inclusion of WattMan support, work on gamma color management, and many other improvements, among which we can highlight that of DC display for that controller.
Alex Deucher also sent out the second batch of updates this past week for the new DRM-Next features which are mainly focused on more improvements to AMDGPU than we had in February. Therefore, very good news for AMD customers who have graphics cards from this manufacturer, since the performance and efficiency of the GPUs will improve a lot in their favorite GNU / Linux distributions. Among the novelties expected from this new batch of updates are even more improvements and changes to WattMan for voltage and clock controls, ensuring more accuracy, as well as a greater power profile infrastructure for the dynamic power management of AMD GPUs, which will result in improved energy efficiency, that is, less consumption and less overheating to enjoy your graphics more optimally.
But if that's enough for you, you should also wait for new solutions for SR-IOV support, new deporation interface for IOMEM to use the UMR debugger, debugs for PowerPlay, screen code fixes, TTM memory management improvements, and many other code debugging improvements and fixes. And possibly there will be a third batch of enhancements before Linux 4.17 closes its inclusion cycle ... If developers get that third major update for AMDGPU, then Linux 4.17 will represent a major leap in quality for users with AMD graphics.