RLSL Continues Maturing For Compiling Rust To SPIR-V For Use With Vulkan Drivers
Written by Michael Larabel in Vulkan on 26 November 2018 at 06:16 AM EST. 5 Comments
One of the most passionate topics by readers in the Phoronix Forums is the Rust programming language. For about one year now "RLSL" has been in the works as a Rust-based shading language that can compile into SPIR-V. While initially I held off on writing about it to see if it would be just another small toy project, RLSL has continued maturing and seeing new functionality added in.

RLSL allows a subset of the Rust programming language to compile into SPIR-V, the intermediate representation used by Vulkan drivers (as well as OpenCL and OpenGL 4.6). This allows for Rust to be used in vertex/fragment/compute shaders and also still supports execution on the CPU. Rust's Cargo can also be used with RLSL.

Lead developer of RLSL, Maik Klein, promotes Rust as suitable for a shading language due to great tooling support, compiling to both CPU and GPU targets, generics/traits support, shared library support, and Rust's other fundamental advantages. Examples of a Rust (RLSL) shader can be seen here and here.

If you are a Rust developer and interested in potentially compiling code into SPIR-V shaders, learn more about RLSL on GitHub.
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