C Specification

An acceleration structure has memory requirements for the structure object itself, scratch space for the build, and scratch space for the update.

Scratch space is allocated as a VkBuffer, so for VK_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_MEMORY_REQUIREMENTS_TYPE_BUILD_SCRATCH_NV and VK_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_MEMORY_REQUIREMENTS_TYPE_UPDATE_SCRATCH_NV the pMemoryRequirements->alignment and pMemoryRequirements->memoryTypeBits values returned by this call must be filled with zero, and should be ignored by the application.

To query the memory requirements call:

// Provided by VK_NV_ray_tracing
void vkGetAccelerationStructureMemoryRequirementsNV(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    const VkAccelerationStructureMemoryRequirementsInfoNV* pInfo,
    VkMemoryRequirements2KHR*                   pMemoryRequirements);


  • device is the logical device on which the acceleration structure was created.

  • pInfo specifies the acceleration structure to get memory requirements for.

  • pMemoryRequirements returns the requested acceleration structure memory requirements.


Valid Usage (Implicit)

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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