C Specification

To query acceleration structure size parameters call:

// Provided by VK_NV_ray_tracing
void vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    accelerationStructureCount,
    const VkAccelerationStructureNV*            pAccelerationStructures,
    VkQueryType                                 queryType,
    VkQueryPool                                 queryPool,
    uint32_t                                    firstQuery);


  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded.

  • accelerationStructureCount is the count of acceleration structures for which to query the property.

  • pAccelerationStructures is a pointer to an array of existing previously built acceleration structures.

  • queryType is a VkQueryType value specifying the type of queries managed by the pool.

  • queryPool is the query pool that will manage the results of the query.

  • firstQuery is the first query index within the query pool that will contain the accelerationStructureCount number of results.


Accesses to any of the acceleration structures listed in pAccelerationStructures must be synchronized with the VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_BUILD_BIT_KHR pipeline stage and an access type of VK_ACCESS_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_READ_BIT_KHR.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-queryPool-03755
    queryPool must have been created with a queryType matching queryType

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-queryPool-03756
    The queries identified by queryPool and firstQuery must be unavailable

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-accelerationStructure-03757
    accelerationStructure must be bound completely and contiguously to a single VkDeviceMemory object via vkBindAccelerationStructureMemoryNV

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-accelerationStructures-03431
    All acceleration structures in pAccelerationStructures must have been built with VK_BUILD_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_ALLOW_COMPACTION_BIT_KHR if queryType is VK_QUERY_TYPE_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_COMPACTED_SIZE_NV

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-queryType-03432

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-commandBuffer-parameter
    commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-pAccelerationStructures-parameter
    pAccelerationStructures must be a valid pointer to an array of accelerationStructureCount valid VkAccelerationStructureNV handles

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-queryType-parameter
    queryType must be a valid VkQueryType value

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-queryPool-parameter
    queryPool must be a valid VkQueryPool handle

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-commandBuffer-recording
    commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-commandBuffer-cmdpool
    The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support compute operations

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-renderpass
    This command must only be called outside of a render pass instance

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-accelerationStructureCount-arraylength
    accelerationStructureCount must be greater than 0

  • VUID-vkCmdWriteAccelerationStructuresPropertiesNV-commonparent
    Each of commandBuffer, queryPool, and the elements of pAccelerationStructures must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkDevice

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type




See Also

Document Notes

For more information, see the Vulkan Specification

This page is extracted from the Vulkan Specification. Fixes and changes should be made to the Specification, not directly.

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