RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver Planned For Merging Tomorrow
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 5 October 2016 at 10:03 PM EDT. 30 Comments
Pending no last minute issues, the RADV open-source Radeon Vulkan driver will be merged into mainline Mesa tomorrow.

David Airlie & co have been working to merge the RADV driver for the next Mesa release, likely to be dubbed Mesa 13.0 and will probably be out in early November. RADV is the community-driven, open-source Radeon Vulkan driver supporting GCN GPUs handled by the AMDGPU DRM driver. While AMD long talked about open-sourcing their Vulkan driver, that hasn't happened yet and RADV has since taken over and is able to handle the select few Vulkan Linux games like The Talos Principle, Dota 2, and vkQuake.

The RADV Mesa work has been available for review to no major objections. This RADV driver isn't yet fully Vulkan 1.0 conformant based upon the Vulkan conformance tests, but is good enough for the aforementioned games plus various Vulkan demos.

David Airlie has announced he's planning on merging the RADV Vulkan driver in about 24 hours unless any objections are raised or new issues uncovered. Great news and fresh Radeon Vulkan Linux benchmarks on Phoronix compared to AMDGPU-PRO and such will be forthcoming in the days ahead.
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