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Registered Extension Number

172

Revision

4

Extension and Version Dependencies

  • Requires Vulkan 1.0

Other Extension Metadata

Last Modified Date

2019-11-07

IP Status

No known IP claims.

Interactions and External Dependencies

None.

Contributors
  • Srihari Babu Alla, Qualcomm

  • Bill Licea-Kane, Qualcomm

  • Jeff Leger, Qualcomm

Description

This extension allows a shader resolve to replace fixed-function resolve.

Fixed-function resolve is limited in function to simple filters of multisample buffers to a single sample buffer.

Fixed-function resolve is more performance efficient and/or power efficient than shader resolve for such simple filters.

Shader resolve allows a shader writer to create complex, non-linear filtering of a multisample buffer in the last subpass of a subpass dependency chain.

This extension also provides a bit which can be used to enlarge a sample region dependency to a fragment region dependency, so that a framebuffer-region dependency can replace a framebuffer-global dependency in some cases.

New Enum Constants

  • VK_QCOM_RENDER_PASS_SHADER_RESOLVE_EXTENSION_NAME

  • VK_QCOM_RENDER_PASS_SHADER_RESOLVE_SPEC_VERSION

  • Extending VkSubpassDescriptionFlagBits:

    • VK_SUBPASS_DESCRIPTION_FRAGMENT_REGION_BIT_QCOM

    • VK_SUBPASS_DESCRIPTION_SHADER_RESOLVE_BIT_QCOM

Issues

1) Should this extension be named render_pass_shader_resolve?

RESOLVED Yes.

This is part of suite of small extensions to render pass.

Following the style guide, instead of following VK_KHR_create_renderpass2.

2) Should the VK_SAMPLE_COUNT_1_BIT be required for each pColorAttachment and the DepthStencilAttachent?

RESOLVED No.

While this may not be a common use case, and while most fixed-function resolve hardware has this limitation, there is little reason to require a shader resolve to resolve to a single sample buffer.

3) Should a shader resolve subpass be the last subpass in a renderpass?

RESOLVED Yes.

To be more specific, it should be the last subpass in a subpass dependency chain.

4) Do we need the VK_SUBPASS_DESCRIPTION_FRAGMENT_REGION_BIT_QCOM bit?

RESOLVED Yes.

This applies when an input attachment’s sample count is equal to rasterizationSamples. Further, if sampleShading is enabled (explicitly or implicitly) then minSampleShading must equal 0.0.

However, this bit may be set on any subpass, it is not restricted to a shader resolve subpass.

Version History

  • Revision 1, 2019-06-28 (wwlk)

    • Initial draft

  • Revision 2, 2019-11-06 (wwlk)

    • General clean-up/spec updates

    • Added issues

  • Revision 3, 2019-11-07 (wwlk)

    • Typos

    • Additional issues

    • Clarified that a shader resolve subpass is the last subpass in a subpass dependency chain

  • Revision 4, 2020-01-06 (wwlk)

    • Change resolution of Issue 1 (render_pass, not renderpass)

See Also

No cross-references are available

Document Notes

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