RADV: A Community Open-Source Effort To Get Vulkan Working On Radeon
Written by Michael Larabel in Red Hat on 19 July 2016 at 06:16 PM EDT. 146 Comments
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While AMD has said they will open-source their Vulkan driver currently part of AMDGPU-PRO, months later they have yet to do so nor has there been any communication when that open-sourcing might happen. In the mean time, David Airlie at Red Hat has begun work on "RADV", an unofficial Radeon Vulkan driver.

This RADV driver is open-source but still in the very early stages in that it's only capable of rendering a few basic Vulkan demos (e.g. triangle tests). This very limited Vulkan driver so far currently works on just Tonga and Fiji graphics cards, at least where it's known to work.

This project is in its super early stages and could be easily squashed and if AMD does indeed deliver their Vulkan Linux driver as open-source as promised, but until then read this announcement.
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