24. Rasterization
Rasterization is the process by which a primitive is converted to a twodimensional image. Each point of this image contains associated data such as depth, color, or other attributes.
Rasterizing a primitive begins by determining which squares of an integer grid in framebuffer coordinates are occupied by the primitive, and assigning one or more depth values to each such square. This process is described below for points, lines, and polygons.
A grid square, including its (x,y) framebuffer coordinates, z (depth), and associated data added by fragment shaders, is called a fragment. A fragment is located by its upper left corner, which lies on integer grid coordinates.
Rasterization operations also refer to a fragment’s sample locations, which are offset by fractional values from its upper left corner. The rasterization rules for points, lines, and triangles involve testing whether each sample location is inside the primitive. Fragments need not actually be square, and rasterization rules are not affected by the aspect ratio of fragments. Display of nonsquare grids, however, will cause rasterized points and line segments to appear fatter in one direction than the other.
We assume that fragments are square, since it simplifies antialiasing and texturing. After rasterization, fragments are processed by the early perfragment tests, if enabled.
Several factors affect rasterization, including the members of
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo
and
VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo
.
The VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo
structure is defined as:
typedef struct VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo {
VkStructureType sType;
const void* pNext;
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateFlags flags;
VkBool32 depthClampEnable;
VkBool32 rasterizerDiscardEnable;
VkPolygonMode polygonMode;
VkCullModeFlags cullMode;
VkFrontFace frontFace;
VkBool32 depthBiasEnable;
float depthBiasConstantFactor;
float depthBiasClamp;
float depthBiasSlopeFactor;
float lineWidth;
} VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo;

sType
is the type of this structure. 
pNext
isNULL
or a pointer to an extensionspecific structure. 
flags
is reserved for future use. 
depthClampEnable
controls whether to clamp the fragment’s depth values as described in Depth Test. Enabling depth clamp will also disable clipping primitives to the z planes of the frustrum as described in Primitive Clipping. 
rasterizerDiscardEnable
controls whether primitives are discarded immediately before the rasterization stage. 
polygonMode
is the triangle rendering mode. See VkPolygonMode. 
cullMode
is the triangle facing direction used for primitive culling. See VkCullModeFlagBits. 
frontFace
is a VkFrontFace value specifying the frontfacing triangle orientation to be used for culling. 
depthBiasEnable
controls whether to bias fragment depth values. 
depthBiasConstantFactor
is a scalar factor controlling the constant depth value added to each fragment. 
depthBiasClamp
is the maximum (or minimum) depth bias of a fragment. 
depthBiasSlopeFactor
is a scalar factor applied to a fragment’s slope in depth bias calculations. 
lineWidth
is the width of rasterized line segments.
typedef VkFlags VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateFlags;
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateFlags
is a bitmask type for setting
a mask, but is currently reserved for future use.
The VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo
structure is defined as:
typedef struct VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo {
VkStructureType sType;
const void* pNext;
VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateFlags flags;
VkSampleCountFlagBits rasterizationSamples;
VkBool32 sampleShadingEnable;
float minSampleShading;
const VkSampleMask* pSampleMask;
VkBool32 alphaToCoverageEnable;
VkBool32 alphaToOneEnable;
} VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo;

sType
is the type of this structure. 
pNext
isNULL
or a pointer to an extensionspecific structure. 
flags
is reserved for future use. 
rasterizationSamples
is a VkSampleCountFlagBits specifying the number of samples used in rasterization. 
sampleShadingEnable
can be used to enable Sample Shading. 
minSampleShading
specifies a minimum fraction of sample shading ifsampleShadingEnable
is set toVK_TRUE
. 
pSampleMask
is a bitmask of static coverage information that is ANDed with the coverage information generated during rasterization, as described in Sample Mask. 
alphaToCoverageEnable
controls whether a temporary coverage value is generated based on the alpha component of the fragment’s first color output as specified in the Multisample Coverage section. 
alphaToOneEnable
controls whether the alpha component of the fragment’s first color output is replaced with one as described in Multisample Coverage.
typedef VkFlags VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateFlags;
VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateFlags
is a bitmask type for setting a
mask, but is currently reserved for future use.
Rasterization only generates fragments which cover one or more pixels inside the framebuffer. Pixels outside the framebuffer are never considered covered in the fragment. Fragments which would be produced by application of any of the primitive rasterization rules described below but which lie outside the framebuffer are not produced, nor are they processed by any later stage of the pipeline, including any of the early perfragment tests described in Early PerFragment Tests.
Surviving fragments are processed by fragment shaders. Fragment shaders determine associated data for fragments, and can also modify or replace their assigned depth values.
When the VK_AMD_mixed_attachment_samples
and
VK_NV_framebuffer_mixed_samples
extensions are not enabled, if the subpass
for which this pipeline is being created uses color and/or depth/stencil
attachments, then rasterizationSamples
must be the same as the sample
count for those subpass attachments.
If the subpass for which this pipeline is being created does not use color
or depth/stencil attachments, rasterizationSamples
must follow the
rules for a zeroattachment subpass.
24.1. Discarding Primitives Before Rasterization
Primitives are discarded before rasterization if the
rasterizerDiscardEnable
member of
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo is enabled.
When enabled, primitives are discarded after they are processed by the last
active shader stage in the pipeline before rasterization.
24.2. Rasterization Order
Within a subpass of a render pass instance, for a given (x,y,layer,sample) sample location, the following operations are guaranteed to execute in rasterization order, for each separate primitive that includes that sample location:
Each of these operations is atomically executed for each primitive and sample location.
Execution of these operations for each primitive in a subpass occurs in primitive order.
24.3. Multisampling
Multisampling is a mechanism to antialias all Vulkan primitives: points, lines, and polygons. The technique is to sample all primitives multiple times at each pixel. Each sample in each framebuffer attachment has storage for a color, depth, and/or stencil value, such that perfragment operations apply to each sample independently. The color sample values can be later resolved to a single color (see Resolving Multisample Images and the Render Pass chapter for more details on how to resolve multisample images to nonmultisample images).
Vulkan defines rasterization rules for singlesample modes in a way that is equivalent to a multisample mode with a single sample in the center of each fragment.
Each fragment includes a coverage value with rasterizationSamples
bits
(see Sample Mask).
Each fragment includes rasterizationSamples
depth values and sets of
associated data.
An implementation may choose to assign the same associated data to more
than one sample.
The location for evaluating such associated data may be anywhere within the
fragment area including the fragment’s center location (x_{f},y_{f}) or
any of the sample locations.
When rasterizationSamples
is VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_1_BIT
, the
fragment’s center location must be used.
The different associated data values need not all be evaluated at the same
location.
Each fragment thus consists of integer x and y grid coordinates,
rasterizationSamples
depth values and sets of associated data, and a
coverage value with rasterizationSamples
bits.
It is understood that each pixel has rasterizationSamples
locations
associated with it.
These locations are exact positions, rather than regions or areas, and each
is referred to as a sample point.
The sample points associated with a pixel must be located inside or on the
boundary of the unit square that is considered to bound the pixel.
Furthermore, the relative locations of sample points may be identical for
each pixel in the framebuffer, or they may differ.
If the current pipeline includes a fragment shader with one or more
variables in its interface decorated with Sample
and Input
, the
data associated with those variables will be assigned independently for each
sample.
The values for each sample must be evaluated at the location of the sample.
The data associated with any other variables not decorated with Sample
and Input
need not be evaluated independently for each sample.
If the standardSampleLocations
member of VkPhysicalDeviceLimits
is VK_TRUE
, then the sample counts VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_1_BIT
,
VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_2_BIT
, VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_4_BIT
,
VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_8_BIT
, and VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_16_BIT
have sample
locations as listed in the following table, with the ith entry in
the table corresponding to bit i in the sample masks.
VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_32_BIT
and VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_64_BIT
do not have
standard sample locations.
Locations are defined relative to an origin in the upper left corner of the
fragment.





(0.5,0.5) 
(0.75,0.75) 
(0.375, 0.125) 
(0.5625, 0.3125) 
(0.5625, 0.5625) 
24.4. Sample Shading
Sample shading can be used to specify a minimum number of unique samples to
process for each fragment.
If sample shading is enabled an implementation must provide a minimum of
max(⌈ minSampleShadingFactor
× totalSamples
⌉, 1) unique associated data for each fragment, where
minSampleShadingFactor
is the minimum fraction of sample shading.
totalSamples
is the value of
VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo::rasterizationSamples
specified at pipeline creation time.
These are associated with the samples in an implementationdependent manner.
When minSampleShadingFactor
is 1.0
, a separate set of associated
data are evaluated for each sample, and each set of values is evaluated at
the sample location.
Sample shading is enabled for a graphics pipeline:

If the interface of the fragment shader entry point of the graphics pipeline includes an input variable decorated with
SampleId
orSamplePosition
. In this caseminSampleShadingFactor
takes the value1.0
. 
Else if the
sampleShadingEnable
member of the VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo structure specified when creating the graphics pipeline is set toVK_TRUE
. In this caseminSampleShadingFactor
takes the value of VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo::minSampleShading
.
Otherwise, sample shading is considered disabled.
24.5. Points
A point is drawn by generating a set of fragments in the shape of a square
centered around the vertex of the point.
Each vertex has an associated point size that controls the width/height of
that square.
The point size is taken from the (potentially clipped) shader builtin
PointSize
written by:

the geometry shader, if active;

the tessellation evaluation shader, if active and no geometry shader is active;

the vertex shader, otherwise
and clamped to the implementationdependent point size range
[pointSizeRange
[0],pointSizeRange
[1]].
The value written to PointSize
must be greater than zero.
Not all point sizes need be supported, but the size 1.0 must be supported.
The range of supported sizes and the size of evenlyspaced gradations within
that range are implementationdependent.
The range and gradations are obtained from the pointSizeRange
and
pointSizeGranularity
members of VkPhysicalDeviceLimits.
If, for instance, the size range is from 0.1 to 2.0 and the gradation size
is 0.1, then the size 0.1, 0.2, …, 1.9, 2.0 are supported.
Additional point sizes may also be supported.
There is no requirement that these sizes be equally spaced.
If an unsupported size is requested, the nearest supported size is used
instead.
24.5.1. Basic Point Rasterization
Point rasterization produces a fragment for each fragment area group of
framebuffer pixels with one or more sample points that intersect a region
centered at the point’s (x_{f},y_{f}).
This region is a square with side equal to the current point size.
Coverage bits that correspond to sample points that intersect the region are
1, other coverage bits are 0.
All fragments produced in rasterizing a point are assigned the same
associated data, which are those of the vertex corresponding to the point.
However, the fragment shader builtin PointCoord
contains point sprite
texture coordinates.
The s and t point sprite texture coordinates vary from zero to
one across the point horizontally lefttoright and toptobottom,
respectively.
The following formulas are used to evaluate s and t:
where size is the point’s size; (x_{p},y_{p}) is the location at which the point sprite coordinates are evaluated  this may be the framebuffer coordinates of the fragment center, or the location of a sample; and (x_{f},y_{f}) is the exact, unrounded framebuffer coordinate of the vertex for the point.
24.6. Line Segments
A line is drawn by generating a set of fragments overlapping a rectangle centered on the line segment. Each line segment has an associated width that controls the width of that rectangle.
The line width is specified by the
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo::lineWidth
property of
the currently active pipeline, if the pipeline was not created with
VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_LINE_WIDTH
enabled.
Otherwise, the line width is set by calling vkCmdSetLineWidth
:
void vkCmdSetLineWidth(
VkCommandBuffer commandBuffer,
float lineWidth);

commandBuffer
is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded. 
lineWidth
is the width of rasterized line segments.
Not all line widths need be supported for line segment rasterization, but
width 1.0 antialiased segments must be provided.
The range and gradations are obtained from the lineWidthRange
and
lineWidthGranularity
members of VkPhysicalDeviceLimits.
If, for instance, the size range is from 0.1 to 2.0 and the gradation size
is 0.1, then the size 0.1, 0.2, …, 1.9, 2.0 are supported.
Additional line widths may also be supported.
There is no requirement that these widths be equally spaced.
If an unsupported width is requested, the nearest supported width is used
instead.
24.6.1. Basic Line Segment Rasterization
Rasterized line segments produce fragments which intersect a rectangle centered on the line segment. Two of the edges are parallel to the specified line segment; each is at a distance of onehalf the current width from that segment in directions perpendicular to the direction of the line. The other two edges pass through the line endpoints and are perpendicular to the direction of the specified line segment. Coverage bits that correspond to sample points that intersect the rectangle are 1, other coverage bits are 0.
Next we specify how the data associated with each rasterized fragment are
obtained.
Let p_{r} = (x_{d}, y_{d}) be the framebuffer coordinates at which
associated data are evaluated.
This may be the center of a fragment or the location of a sample within the
fragment.
When rasterizationSamples
is VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_1_BIT
, the fragment
center must be used.
Let p_{a} = (x_{a}, y_{a}) and p_{b} = (x_{b},y_{b}) be
initial and final endpoints of the line segment, respectively.
Set
(Note that t = 0 at p_{a} and t = 1 at p_{b}. Also note that this calculation projects the vector from p_{a} to p_{r} onto the line, and thus computes the normalized distance of the fragment along the line.)
The value of an associated datum f for the fragment, whether it be a shader output or the clip w coordinate, must be determined using perspective interpolation:
where f_{a} and f_{b} are the data associated with the starting and ending endpoints of the segment, respectively; w_{a} and w_{b} are the clip w coordinates of the starting and ending endpoints of the segments, respectively.
Depth values for lines must be determined using linear interpolation:

z = (1  t) z_{a} + t z_{b}
where z_{a} and z_{b} are the depth values of the starting and ending endpoints of the segment, respectively.
The NoPerspective
and Flat
interpolation decorations can be used
with fragment shader inputs to declare how they are interpolated.
When neither decoration is applied, perspective interpolation is performed as described above.
When the NoPerspective
decoration is used, linear interpolation is performed in the same fashion as for depth values,
as described above.
When the Flat
decoration is used, no interpolation is performed, and
outputs are taken from the corresponding input value of the
provoking vertex corresponding to that
primitive.
The above description documents the preferred method of line rasterization,
and must be used when the implementation advertises the strictLines
limit in VkPhysicalDeviceLimits as VK_TRUE
.
When strictLines
is VK_FALSE
, the edges of the lines are
generated as a parallelogram surrounding the original line.
The major axis is chosen by noting the axis in which there is the greatest
distance between the line start and end points.
If the difference is equal in both directions then the X axis is chosen as
the major axis.
Edges 2 and 3 are aligned to the minor axis and are centered on the
endpoints of the line as in Non strict lines, and each is
lineWidth
long.
Edges 0 and 1 are parallel to the line and connect the endpoints of edges 2
and 3.
Coverage bits that correspond to sample points that intersect the
parallelogram are 1, other coverage bits are 0.
Samples that fall exactly on the edge of the parallelogram follow the polygon rasterization rules.
Interpolation occurs as if the parallelogram was decomposed into two triangles where each pair of vertices at each end of the line has identical attributes.
24.7. Polygons
A polygon results from the decomposition of a triangle strip, triangle fan or a series of independent triangles. Like points and line segments, polygon rasterization is controlled by several variables in the VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo structure.
24.7.1. Basic Polygon Rasterization
The first step of polygon rasterization is to determine whether the triangle is backfacing or frontfacing. This determination is made based on the sign of the (clipped or unclipped) polygon’s area computed in framebuffer coordinates. One way to compute this area is:
where \(x_f^i\) and \(y_f^i\) are the x and y framebuffer coordinates of the ith vertex of the nvertex polygon (vertices are numbered starting at zero for the purposes of this computation) and i ⊕ 1 is (i + 1) mod n.
The interpretation of the sign of a is determined by the
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo::frontFace
property of
the currently active pipeline.
Possible values are:
typedef enum VkFrontFace {
VK_FRONT_FACE_COUNTER_CLOCKWISE = 0,
VK_FRONT_FACE_CLOCKWISE = 1,
VK_FRONT_FACE_MAX_ENUM = 0x7FFFFFFF
} VkFrontFace;

VK_FRONT_FACE_COUNTER_CLOCKWISE
specifies that a triangle with positive area is considered frontfacing. 
VK_FRONT_FACE_CLOCKWISE
specifies that a triangle with negative area is considered frontfacing.
Any triangle which is not frontfacing is backfacing, including zeroarea triangles.
Once the orientation of triangles is determined, they are culled according
to the VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo::cullMode
property
of the currently active pipeline.
Possible values are:
typedef enum VkCullModeFlagBits {
VK_CULL_MODE_NONE = 0,
VK_CULL_MODE_FRONT_BIT = 0x00000001,
VK_CULL_MODE_BACK_BIT = 0x00000002,
VK_CULL_MODE_FRONT_AND_BACK = 0x00000003,
VK_CULL_MODE_FLAG_BITS_MAX_ENUM = 0x7FFFFFFF
} VkCullModeFlagBits;

VK_CULL_MODE_NONE
specifies that no triangles are discarded 
VK_CULL_MODE_FRONT_BIT
specifies that frontfacing triangles are discarded 
VK_CULL_MODE_BACK_BIT
specifies that backfacing triangles are discarded 
VK_CULL_MODE_FRONT_AND_BACK
specifies that all triangles are discarded.
Following culling, fragments are produced for any triangles which have not been discarded.
typedef VkFlags VkCullModeFlags;
VkCullModeFlags
is a bitmask type for setting a mask of zero or more
VkCullModeFlagBits.
The rule for determining which fragments are produced by polygon rasterization is called point sampling. The twodimensional projection obtained by taking the x and y framebuffer coordinates of the polygon’s vertices is formed. Fragments are produced for any fragment area groups of pixels for which any sample points lie inside of this polygon. Coverage bits that correspond to sample points that satisfy the point sampling criteria are 1, other coverage bits are 0. Special treatment is given to a sample whose sample location lies on a polygon edge. In such a case, if two polygons lie on either side of a common edge (with identical endpoints) on which a sample point lies, then exactly one of the polygons must result in a covered sample for that fragment during rasterization. As for the data associated with each fragment produced by rasterizing a polygon, we begin by specifying how these values are produced for fragments in a triangle. Define barycentric coordinates for a triangle. Barycentric coordinates are a set of three numbers, a, b, and c, each in the range [0,1], with a + b + c = 1. These coordinates uniquely specify any point p within the triangle or on the triangle’s boundary as

p = a p_{a} + b p_{b} + c p_{c}
where p_{a}, p_{b}, and p_{c} are the vertices of the triangle. a, b, and c are determined by:
where A(lmn) denotes the area in framebuffer coordinates of the triangle with vertices l, m, and n.
Denote an associated datum at p_{a}, p_{b}, or p_{c} as f_{a}, f_{b}, or f_{c}, respectively.
The value of an associated datum f for a fragment produced by rasterizing a triangle, whether it be a shader output or the clip w coordinate, must be determined using perspective interpolation:
where w_{a}, w_{b}, and w_{c} are the clip w
coordinates of p_{a}, p_{b}, and p_{c}, respectively.
a, b, and c are the barycentric coordinates of the
location at which the data are produced  this must be the location of the
fragment center or the location of a sample.
When rasterizationSamples
is VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_1_BIT
, the fragment
center must be used.
Depth values for triangles must be determined using linear interpolation:

z = a z_{a} + b z_{b} + c z_{c}
where z_{a}, z_{b}, and z_{c} are the depth values of p_{a}, p_{b}, and p_{c}, respectively.
The NoPerspective
and Flat
interpolation decorations can be used
with fragment shader inputs to declare how they are interpolated.
When neither decoration is applied, perspective interpolation is performed as described above.
When the NoPerspective
decoration is used,
linear interpolation is performed in the
same fashion as for depth values, as described above.
When the Flat
decoration is used, no interpolation is performed, and
outputs are taken from the corresponding input value of the
provoking vertex corresponding to that
primitive.
For a polygon with more than three edges, such as are produced by clipping a triangle, a convex combination of the values of the datum at the polygon’s vertices must be used to obtain the value assigned to each fragment produced by the rasterization algorithm. That is, it must be the case that at every fragment
where n is the number of vertices in the polygon and f_{i} is the value of f at vertex i. For each i, 0 ≤ a_{i} ≤ 1 and \(\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_i = 1\). The values of a_{i} may differ from fragment to fragment, but at vertex i, a_{i} = 1 and a_{j} = 0 for j ≠ i.
Note
One algorithm that achieves the required behavior is to triangulate a polygon (without adding any vertices) and then treat each triangle individually as already discussed. A scanline rasterizer that linearly interpolates data along each edge and then linearly interpolates data across each horizontal span from edge to edge also satisfies the restrictions (in this case, the numerator and denominator of equation [triangle_perspective_interpolation] are iterated independently and a division performed for each fragment). 
24.7.2. Polygon Mode
Possible values of the
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo::polygonMode
property of
the currently active pipeline, specifying the method of rasterization for
polygons, are:
typedef enum VkPolygonMode {
VK_POLYGON_MODE_FILL = 0,
VK_POLYGON_MODE_LINE = 1,
VK_POLYGON_MODE_POINT = 2,
VK_POLYGON_MODE_MAX_ENUM = 0x7FFFFFFF
} VkPolygonMode;

VK_POLYGON_MODE_POINT
specifies that polygon vertices are drawn as points. 
VK_POLYGON_MODE_LINE
specifies that polygon edges are drawn as line segments. 
VK_POLYGON_MODE_FILL
specifies that polygons are rendered using the polygon rasterization rules in this section.
These modes affect only the final rasterization of polygons: in particular, a polygon’s vertices are shaded and the polygon is clipped and possibly culled before these modes are applied.
24.7.3. Depth Bias
The depth values of all fragments generated by the rasterization of a
polygon can be offset by a single value that is computed for that polygon.
This behavior is controlled by the depthBiasEnable
,
depthBiasConstantFactor
, depthBiasClamp
, and
depthBiasSlopeFactor
members of
VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo, or by the corresponding
parameters to the vkCmdSetDepthBias
command if depth bias state is
dynamic.
void vkCmdSetDepthBias(
VkCommandBuffer commandBuffer,
float depthBiasConstantFactor,
float depthBiasClamp,
float depthBiasSlopeFactor);

commandBuffer
is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded. 
depthBiasConstantFactor
is a scalar factor controlling the constant depth value added to each fragment. 
depthBiasClamp
is the maximum (or minimum) depth bias of a fragment. 
depthBiasSlopeFactor
is a scalar factor applied to a fragment’s slope in depth bias calculations.
If depthBiasEnable
is VK_FALSE
, no depth bias is applied and the
fragment’s depth values are unchanged.
depthBiasSlopeFactor
scales the maximum depth slope of the polygon,
and depthBiasConstantFactor
scales an implementationdependent
constant that relates to the usable resolution of the depth buffer.
The resulting values are summed to produce the depth bias value which is
then clamped to a minimum or maximum value specified by
depthBiasClamp
.
depthBiasSlopeFactor
, depthBiasConstantFactor
, and
depthBiasClamp
can each be positive, negative, or zero.
The maximum depth slope m of a triangle is
where (x_{f}, y_{f}, z_{f}) is a point on the triangle. m may be approximated as
The minimum resolvable difference r is an implementationdependent
parameter that depends on the depth buffer representation.
It is the smallest difference in framebuffer coordinate z values that
is guaranteed to remain distinct throughout polygon rasterization and in the
depth buffer.
All pairs of fragments generated by the rasterization of two polygons with
otherwise identical vertices, but z
_{f} values that differ by
r, will have distinct depth values.
For fixedpoint depth buffer representations, r is constant throughout the range of the entire depth buffer. For floatingpoint depth buffers, there is no single minimum resolvable difference. In this case, the minimum resolvable difference for a given polygon is dependent on the maximum exponent, e, in the range of z values spanned by the primitive. If n is the number of bits in the floatingpoint mantissa, the minimum resolvable difference, r, for the given primitive is defined as

r = 2^{en}
If no depth buffer is present, r is undefined.
The bias value o for a polygon is
m is computed as described above. If the depth buffer uses a fixedpoint representation, m is a function of depth values in the range [0,1], and o is applied to depth values in the same range.
For fixedpoint depth buffers, fragment depth values are always limited to the range [0,1] by clamping after depth bias addition is performed. Fragment depth values are clamped even when the depth buffer uses a floatingpoint representation.