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PerfKit: A Nicer Way To Look At Valgrind, FTrace, Etc

Christian Hergert has announced the PerfKit tool (or as he calls it, a "toy") during the Linux Plumbers Conference taking place this week in Cambridge. PerfKit provides a GTK user-interface and the ability to provide plug-ins that hook into the various developer utilities like Valgrind (memory profiling/debugging), FTrace (trace system...

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Getting Hooked on Open Source Prosthetics

A few months ago, I wondered: Can open source create better prosthetics? I've been meaning to revisit the topic and see what kind of progress the project is making. While writing that first article, I learned that the leaders of the project were struggling with collaborative tools and multiple projects...

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The Major Happenings From The Ubuntu 11.04 Summit

Last week was the Ubuntu 11.04 Developer Summit in Orlando, Florida of the United States where a variety of topics were discussed. Aside from the very surprising announcement that Ubuntu 11.04 will use the Unity Desktop rather than GNOME's interface, most of the coverage on Phoronix was focused around the...

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NCSA Director: GPU is The Future of Supercomputing

According to this CNET report, NCSA Director Thom Dunning believes that the future of supercomputing can be summed up in three letters: GPU. What we’re really seeing in the efforts in China as well as the ones we have in the U.S. is that GPUs are what the future will look like,” said Dunning in a phone interview Thursday. “What we’re seeing is the beginning of something that’s going to be happening...

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LLVMpipe Scaling With Intel's Core i7 Gulftown

When finding out that an Intel Core i7 970 "Gulftown" CPU was on the way, which boasts six physical cores plus another six logical cores via Hyper Threading, immediately coming to mind was to try out this latest Intel 32nm processor with the Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver.

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Build a Secure Internet Gateway with Endian Linux

Linux is cram-full of networking and network security goodness, and the Endian Firewall Community distribution is a complete "turn-key" Internet gateway and networking appliance. Eric Geier walks us through setting up local networking and secure remote access on Endian.

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