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Valve pushed out an update that provides opt-in support for using the Vulkan graphics API of the Source 2 Engine rather than using OpenGL (or DirectX under Windows). Those interested in trying out Vulkan on Dota 2 can enable the Dota 2 Vulkan DLC and launch the game with the -vulkan switch. More details here and in the official Dota 2 announcement.

A two hours-long talk at University of Lodz in Poland discussed the most common mistakes we come across in Vulkan applications. Dominik Witczak, one of AMDs developers, started from presenting exactly where Vulkan fits in the vast ecosystem of 3D APIs, and who Vulkan generally is, and is not, targeted for. After this short introduction, he proceeded with shedding more light on various areas of the API we find Vulkan application developers are having trouble with. Slides are available online.

NVIDIA has made available its 364.91 beta Vulkan GeForce graphics driver, which updates Vulkan API to 1.0.8, improves pipeline creation performance and multi-threaded scaling, and fixes minor driver and SPIR-V compiler bugs.

There will be a Vulkan Keynote at Laval Virtual March 24 2016 in Laval France. Tristan Lorach will present "From OpenGL to Vulkan: looking for optimal graphic performances". The conference will explore the constituent elements of the new Vulkan API and explain why it was created.

AMD has released a highly optimized open source implementation of the Khronos OpenVX computer vision specification for x86 CPUs and GPUs using OpenCL. The release also includes an open source “graph optimizer” that inspects an OpenVX graph and removes/replaces/merges functions to improve performance and minimize bandwidth. Scripting tools enable rapid prototyping and enables calling any OpenCV functions from within an OpenVX application

The LWJGL project is hosting Vulkan bindings for the Java programming language. There is support now through their nightly builds on Windows and Linux. This Vulkan support in LWJGL complements the project's many other Khronos API binding support including OpenGL, OpenGL ES, EGL and OpenCL.

Folks from RenderDoc have written an introductory 'Vulkan in 30 minutes' post with a specific target audience in mind, namely those who have a good grounding in existing APIs (e.g. D3D11 and OpenGL) and understand the concepts of multithreading, staging resources, synchronisation and so on but want to know specifically how they are implemented in Vulkan. Take a moment to read this whirlwind tour of what the main Vulkan concepts look like.

NVIDIA is rolling out the world’s first production Vulkan drivers today as part of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update to SHIELD Android TV. This makes SHIELD Android TV the first consumer platform with production installed Vulkan drivers – making it an ideal platform for Android developers to get easy access to this new-generation graphics API This continues NVIDIA’s rollout of Vulkan drivers across multiple platforms, including Windows 7-10, desktop and embedded Linux and now Android.

Learn more about this newly-launched graphics and compute API directly from Khronos, the people who created it. In this 1-hour session, we will talk about the API, and also go into details about the Vulkan SDK from LunarG, and much more. We’ll of course end with a Q&A session. This webinar is directed to Asia and the surrounding area. Presentation and Q&A conducted in English. Register today!

At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event at MWC in Barcelona, Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 4 supports the Vulkan API and Samsung mentions Vulkan (video). Samsung showed the ProtoStar real-time 3D experience built with Unreal Engine 4 technology utilizing the Vulkan API, running on the new Samsung Galaxy S7. “Anytime we can converge on an idea, particularly an idea like Vulkan, which is made by the industry, is asked for by the industry, everybody gets stronger.” Wyeth Johnson, Lead Technical Artist, Epic Games. Get Unreal, the first engine to support Vulkan.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge today at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event at MWC in Barcelona – and that new Samsung phones will natively support the Vulkan API for leading-edge 3D graphics performance. Samsung also demonstrated the ProtoStar demo from Epic Games utilizing Unreal Engine 4 accelerated by the Vulkan API.

ARM shares their experience with developers of porting a graphics engine to the Vulkan API. The engine we decided to port to Vulkan has already had support for various other standard APIs such as OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.2.