Vulkan 1.0.57 Released With A Few New Extensions
Written by Michael Larabel in Vulkan on 1 August 2017 at 06:37 AM EDT. Add A Comment
VULKAN --
While there is no big Vulkan update this week for SIGGRAPH17, The Khronos Group has gone ahead and issued Vulkan 1.0.57. Besides fixes, there are some new extensions.

Vulkan 1.0.57 has a few documentation fixes/clarifications, but nothing really noteworthy. What gets our new attention are the four new extensions.

New to Vulkan 1.0.57 are VK_AMD_mixed_attachment_samples, VK_EXT_post_depth_coverage, VK_KHR_relaxed_block_layout, and VK_NV_depth_range_unrestricted.

VK_AMD_mixed_attachment_samples: This AMD-developed extension allows multi-sampled rendering with a depth/stencil sample count greater than the color sample count.

VK_EXT_post_depth_coverage: This adds the SPIR-V post-depth-coverage support (SPV_KHR_post_depth_coverage) to Vulkan.

VK_KHR_relaxed_block_layout: This allows drivers to specify whether they support more variation in block code offset decorations.

VK_NV_depth_range_unrestricted: This NVIDIA-developed extension documentation still appears to be missing from the v1.0.57 upload.

The extensions aren't too exciting, but great to see Vulkan continuing to release often and moving forward. The latest Vulkan specification is available from the registry.
About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

Related Vulkan News
Popular News