The Khronos Group announces the release of the Vulkan 1.1 and SPIR-V 1.3 specifications. Version 1.1 expands Vulkan’s core functionality with developer-requested features, such as subgroup operations, while integrating a wide range of proven extensions from Vulkan 1.0. Khronos will also release full Vulkan 1.1 conformance tests into open source and AMD, Arm, Imagination, Intel Corporation, NVIDIA and Qualcomm have implemented conformant Vulkan 1.1 drivers.
Vulkan now ships natively on almost all GPU-enabled platforms, including Windows 7, 8.X, 10, Android 7.0+ and Linux, plus Khronos recently announced open source tools to enable Vulkan 1.0 applications to be ported to macOS and iOS. Vulkan has widespread support in leading games engines including Unreal, Unity, Source 2 from Valve, id Tech, CroTeam’s Serious Engine, CryEngine, and Xenko. Vulkan is being used in over 30 cutting-edge games on diverse desktop and mobile platforms, including Doom, Quake, Roblox, The Talos Principle, Dota 2, and is the exclusive API used in AAA titles such as Wolfenstein II and Doom VFR.
Sketchfab has just announced a download API for their entire 3D catalog. The API lets you search by titles, tags, categories, polygon count and more. The initial scope of the download API lets you import content available under a Creative Common license – more than 150,000 3D models available today – in glTF format. As a step two, the API will also let you easily import your own content, as well as content you purchased on the Sketchfab store. Alongside the release of the download API, Sketchfab introduces import add-ons for Unity, Unreal and Godot, as well as native integrations with Torch3D, Minsight, Spatial stories, Selerio, StellarX, Valorem’s Holobeam, AnimVR, Plattar, Sketchbox3D and Looking Glass.
This years Khronos Developer Day Sessions were the biggest yet, with over 1500 people attending. Most of the sessions were standing room only. Khronos would like to thank the attendees, the speakers, and the support staff who made this day possible. It's not over yet! On Thursday night there will be a WebGL & glTF Meetup. And, if you were not able to make it to GDC this year, we've you covered as well. The presentations are online, video of the sessions will appear online later this week, and we have all your favourite Khronos Standards Merchandise for gals and guys available online.
AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3, a general update pulling in Vulkan 1.1 support for the main driver branch. Vulkan 1.1 support has been introduced in Radeon Pro Software Enterprise 18.Q1.1 for Linux, also released today.
Imagination Technologies announces a new version of PVRTune, the PowerVR GPU performance analysis tool which provides developers with a deep level of information to help them fully understand the dynamics of their applications on mobile and embedded devices. With this release, PVRTune is now ‘API aware,’ able to retrieve and present events that have been generated by the client driver of native programming interfaces such as OpenGL ES and the EGL. PVRTune today supports OpenGL ES and EGL client drivers, with Vulkan support to follow.
The Khronos Group is proud to announce that the PeakHills Group has joined as an associate Member. The Peakhills group has a focus on custom compiler development services, LLVM optimization services, and software development.
New functionality in Vulkan 1.1 includes Subgroup Operations that enable highly-efficient sharing and manipulation of data between multiple tasks running in parallel on a GPU. Khronos member and guest author Neil Henning (@sheredom), Principal Software Engineer, for Vulkan & SPIR-V at Codeplay Software has written an in-depth tutorial on how to use this new feature. Head on over to the Khronos blog and check out the tutorial. Feedback is welcome.
Khronos was pleased to receive this photo of the 2018 Winter Quarter Vulkan class from Oregon State University, taught by Mike Bailey, Professor, Computer Science. Oregon State U is an Academic Member of the Khronos Group. Best of luck to the entire 2018 Vulkan class!
The GSN Composer is an online node-based visual programming environment that allows generating custom nodes using GLSL/WebGL. For every uniform variable that is created within the GLSL shader code editor, an input slot is automatically added to the corresponding shader node, which can be connected to other nodes of the dataflow graph. This makes online shader prototyping very fast and intuitive and frees the developer of writing many lines of support code to fill the GLSL uniform variables with values. The GSN Composer requires no login and is free-of-charge. All that is needed to get started is a web-browser and your creativity. Several simple GLSL examples are provided such that this tool is also suited as starting point for GLSL/WebGL beginners.
The AMD developers working on the official Vulkan Linux driver, AMDVLK, have just uploaded their revised code supporting Vulkan 1.1. With around 13,000 lines of new code, they have enabled Vulkan 1.1 support within their AMDVLK/XGL code-base.
With the release of Vulkan 1.1, you can download NVIDIA's Vulkan beta driver for Windows and Linux. The Linux driver is version 387.42.05 and supports the new VK_KHR_multiview, VK_KHR_maintenance3, VK_KHR_device_group, and VK_KHR_device_group_creation extensions.
Intel has joined the party with NVIDIA and AMD in offering launch-day Linux driver support for the new Vulkan 1.1 update from The Khronos Group. This ANV Vulkan driver support continues targeting Broadwell "Gen 8" graphics hardware and newer. Learn more about the Intel drivers.
This blog will give a quick run through of the SYCL profiling features that have been developed in the latest version of LPGPU2 CodeXL. LPGPU2 CodeXL is not yet available to the public but it was made available to the LPGPU2 consortium during February 2018. It is the aim to make a version of CodeXL with SYCL profiling features available when the project is completed.
LunarG releases a new Linux/Windows SDK that supports Vulkan API revision 1.1.70, and is backward-compatible with Vulkan 1.0.70. The prior LunarG Linux/Windows SDK release supported Vulkan API revision 1.0.68. Read on for an overview of new features in the release and links to the release notes and the SDK. Refer to the release notes for driver and CMake requirements.