Vulkan News Archives

590 Vulkan open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2015.

AMD's GPUOpen Releases Vulkan Memory Allocator 3.0
AMD's GPUOpen Releases Vulkan Memory Allocator 3.0

AMD today released Vulkan Memory Allocator 3.0 under their GPUOpen umbrella as this library to better manage memory allocation and resources for this graphics API and make it more similar to APIs like OpenGL and Direct3D.

25 March 2022 - Vulkan Memory Allocator 3.0 - Add A Comment
GRVK 0.5 Gets Battlefield 4 Running With AMD's Mantle Over Vulkan API
GRVK 0.5 Gets Battlefield 4 Running With AMD's Mantle Over Vulkan API

It's been a number of months since GRVK 0.4 as the open-source project re-implementing AMD's defunct Mantle API over the modern Vulkan API that was originally based on the former. With Sunday's release of GRVK 0.5, this Mantle-on-Vulkan translation layer is now capable of correctly rendering Battlefield 4.

6 December 2021 - Mantle API On Vulkan - 13 Comments
Airlie Exploring Possibility Of VA-API On Top Of Vulkan Video

Well known open-source Linux graphics expert David Airlie of Red Hat has recently been working on early Vulkan Video support for Mesa's Radeon "RADV" and Intel "ANV" drivers. As part of that effort and in part due to lack of software making use of Vulkan Video extensions right now, he has started exploring the feasibility of implementing the Video Acceleration API (VA-API) atop Vulkan Video.

24 November 2021 - Zink Hackery - 20 Comments
New Vulkan Extension Proposed To Help In Emulating AMD's Old Mantle API
New Vulkan Extension Proposed To Help In Emulating AMD's Old Mantle API

Besides the efforts out there for implementing the likes of Direct3D, OpenCL, and OpenGL on top of Vulkan, there does still exist the hobbyist project for implementing AMD's Mantle API atop Vulkan for which the Khronos API was originally based. A new Vulkan extension is now being proposed to help in that Mantle-on-Vulkan effort.

16 November 2021 - VK_MESA_rect_list - 26 Comments
Raspberry Pi 4 Granted Official Vulkan 1.1 Conformance

Last week I mentioned how Mesa landed Vulkan 1.1 support for the V3DV driver most notably used by the Raspberry Pi 4 and newer. With those changes in Mesa Git, The Khronos Group has now officially granted this driver Vulkan 1.1 conformance for the Raspberry Pi 4.

26 October 2021 - Vulkan 1.1 For V3DV - 10 Comments
Vulkan 1.2.196 Introduces H.265 Encode Extension

Arriving back in April were the initial Vulkan Video extensions that included support for video decode of H.264 and H.265 while the initial video encode support was limited to H.264. Out today with Vulkan 1.2.196 is the new extension allowing for H.265 encoding with this new industry-standard video API.

13 October 2021 - VK_EXT_video_encode_h265 - 23 Comments
Vulkan Video Decoding Still In The Early Stages For Open-Source

Going public back in April was the provisional specification around the Vulkan Video extensions as a new industry-standard video encode/decode interface. While several months have passed, there hasn't been much activity yet in the open-source space around Vulkan Video.

21 September 2021 - Vulkan Video - 5 Comments
Raspberry Pi V3DV Driver Nearing Vulkan 1.1 Support

The open-source V3DV driver living within Mesa for providing Vulkan API support for modern Broadcom VideoCore graphics -- most notably found in the Raspberry Pi 4 and newer -- is nearing Vulkan 1.1 compliance.

11 August 2021 - V3DV Vulkan 1.1 - 38 Comments
X-Plane Flight Simulator Continues Advancing Its Renderer With Vulkan

X-Plane is not only the most realistic flight simulator that has long offered native Linux support but it's the only instance of a Vulkan-powered flight simulator I am aware of. While long tied to OpenGL, the company behind X-Plane is making it clear that the graphics rendering future is with Vulkan (and Metal when talking about Apple platforms).

3 August 2021 - OpenGL Not - 10 Comments
GStreamer Making Progress On Vulkan Video Support

Back in April was the release of Vulkan Video extensions for GPU-accelerated video encode/decode using this cross-platform API. NVIDIA was quick to publish a beta driver with Vulkan Video support while adoption beyond that by drivers or multimedia software has been rather limited so far. Fortunately, the popular GStreamer multimedia framework for Linux users is working in the direction of supporting Vulkan Video.

10 July 2021 - Vulkan Video + GStreamer - 41 Comments
Vulkan 1.2.184 Includes NVIDIA Extension For RDMA Usage

Last year I wrote about NVIDIA working on Vulkan support for RDMA memory. That work around RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) memory usage in the Vulkan context is now available with today's Vulkan 1.2.184 specification update.

5 July 2021 - VK_NV_extermal_memory_rdma - 4 Comments
Vulkan 1.2.180 Released With Two New Extensions

Vulkan 1.2.180 is out as the latest revision to this graphics/compute interface. Vulkan 1.2.180 comes with a number of fixes/clarifications to the spec plus the addition of two more extensions.

7 June 2021 - Vulkan 1.2.180 - 2 Comments

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