Intel Continues Prepping Their Vulkan Driver For Mainline Mesa

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 15 April 2016 at 08:31 AM EDT. 12 Comments
For those that missed the notice, Intel's Vulkan driver will soon be merging into mainline Mesa.

If you haven't been following the Vulkan branch of Mesa Git, work continues on prepping it for this milestone of becoming part of mainline Mesa in time for the next Mesa release. That next release is currently known as Mesa 11.3 but could very well become Mesa 12.0 if a new OpenGL milestone is reached by core Mesa.

In getting ready for the merge, one of the new recent changes introduced is the configure support for Vulkan. Mesa will now have a --with-vulkan-drivers= configure switch. However, the one and only Vulkan driver in Mesa right now is being enabled by default: the Intel driver.

It's good to see that the Intel Vulkan driver will be enabled by default from the start. There's also a --with-vulkan-icddir= option for specifying where the Vulkan ICD files should be installed. Various other improvements and fixes are still landing there for hopefully seeing the Intel Vulkan code merged within a few days.
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