vulkan_minimal_compute - Minimal Example of Using Vulkan for Compute Operations. Only ~400LOC.

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This is a simple demo that demonstrates how to use Vulkan for compute operations only. In other words, this demo does nothing related to graphics, and only uses Vulkan to execute some computation on the GPU. For this demo, Vulkan is used to render the Mandelbrot set on the GPU. The demo is very simple, and is only ~400LOC. The code is heavily commented, so it should be useful for people interested in learning Vulkan. The application launches a compute shader that renders the mandelbrot set, by rendering it into a storage buffer. The storage buffer is then read from the GPU, and saved as .png. Check the source code comments for further info.



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[2017/11/12] - Added simple tessellation shader sample. Fixed misc issues with pipeline setup for tessellation. [2017/11/10] - Added ChessSet demo. Added geometry shader sample. Fixes to depth stencil handling. [2017/11/10] - Added TexturedCube sample. Updated depth attachment handling on swapchain render pass. Switched out lc_image for stb_image. Added DXC shader build script. [2017/05/27] - Fixed some annoying buffer state transitions. Added build script for shaders. Updated shader naming convention to be more exact. Added OpaqueArgs and PassingArrays for investigation. [2017/05/20] - Updated Append/Consume sample for Vulkan. Requires latest glslang. ConstantBuffer also works for both platforms. [2017/05/13] - Added Linux support. Moved to project files to cmake. Moved glsl shaders to glsl sub directory - forcing HLSL for now. [2017/04/30] - Clarified shader usage in some sample programs to point out which source they're coming from. [2017/04/27] - Added ConstantBuffer sample (D3D12 only for now). Updated Vulkan samples to use negative viewport height. [2017/04/25] - Updated SimpleCompute and StructuredBuffer to work on Vulkan. [2017/04/24] - Added compute samples (D3D12 only for now). One for simple compute and another for structured buffers.

Vulkan-Forward-Plus-Renderer - Forward+ renderer in Vulkan using Compute Shader

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In this project, we created a Forward Plus (tiled forward) renderer in Vulkan using compute shader to deal with light culling. Our implementation is ~1000% faster than regular forward renderer (tested in Vulkan) under the condition of 200 lights.

vulkan - Vulkan API bindings for Go programming language

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Package vulkan provides Go bindings for Vulkan — a low-overhead, cross-platform 3D graphics and compute API. Updated October 13, 2018 — Vulkan 1.1.88. Vulkan API is the result of 18 months in an intense collaboration between leading hardware, game engine and platform vendors, built on significant contributions from multiple Khronos members. Vulkan is designed for portability across multiple platforms with desktop and mobile GPU architectures.

VulkanTutorial - Tutorial for the Vulkan graphics and compute API

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This repository hosts the contents of The website itself is based on, which supports GitHub flavored Markdown. A few changes were made to and its themes, which are included in daux.patch and are licensed as MIT. The patch is based on commit d45ccff. Use issues and pull requests to provide feedback related to the website. If you have a problem with your code, then use the comments section in the related chapter to ask a question. Please provide your operating system, graphics card, driver version, source code, expected behaviour and actual behaviour.

Vulkan - Examples and demos for the new Vulkan API

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A comprehensive collection of open source C++ examples for Vulkan®, the new graphics and compute API from Khronos. from the root of the repository after cloning or see this for manual download.

AMDVLK - AMD Open Source Driver For Vulkan

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The AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan® is an open-source Vulkan driver for Radeon™ graphics adapters on Linux®. It is built on top of AMD's Platform Abstraction Library (PAL), a shared component that is designed to encapsulate certain hardware and OS-specific programming details for many of AMD's 3D and compute drivers. Leveraging PAL can help provide a consistent experience across platforms, including support for recently released GPUs and compatibility with AMD developer tools. Shaders that compose a particular VkPipeline object are compiled as a single entity using the LLVM-Based Pipeline Compiler (LLPC) library. LLPC builds on LLVM's existing shader compilation infrastructure for AMD GPUs to generate code objects compatible with PAL's pipeline ABI. Notably, AMD's closed-source Vulkan driver currently uses a different pipeline compiler, which is the major difference between AMD's open-source and closed-source Vulkan drivers.

IntroductionToVulkan - Source code examples for "API without Secrets: Introduction to Vulkan" tutorial

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Tutorial presents how to create all resources necessary to use Vulkan inside our application: function pointers loading, Vulkan instance creation, physical device enumeration, logical device creation and queue set up. This lesson focuses on a swap chain creation. Swap chain enables us to display Vulkan-generated image in an application window. To display anything simple command buffers are allocated and recorded.

MoltenVK - MoltenVK is an implementation of the high-performance, industry-standard Vulkan graphics and compute API, that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework, bringing Vulkan to iOS and macOS

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Copyright (c) 2014-2018 The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. This document is written in Markdown format. For best results, use a Markdown reader.

GraphicsSamples - GameWorks cross-platform graphics API samples

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The GameWorks Graphics Samples pack is a resource for cross-platform Vulkan, OpenGL 4 (GL4) and OpenGL ES 2 and 3 (ES2 and ES3) development, targeting Android and Windows (and soon, will again support Linux x86/x64 and Linux for Tegra). It is an expansion and continuation of the longstanding OpenGL Graphics and Compute Samples, adding full support for and samples of the Vulkan 3D API. The samples run on all supported target platforms from a single source base.

shaderc - A collection of tools, libraries and tests for shader compilation.

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Shaderc has maintained backward compatibility for quite some time, and we don't anticipate any breaking changes. Ongoing enhancements are described in the CHANGES file.For licensing terms, please see the LICENSE file. If interested in contributing to this project, please see

veldrid - A low-level, portable graphics and compute library for .NET.

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Veldrid is a cross-platform, graphics API-agnostic rendering and compute library for .NET. It provides a powerful, unified interface to a system's GPU and includes more advanced features than any other .NET library. Unlike other platform- or vendor-specific technologies, Veldrid can be used to create high-performance 3D applications that are truly portable. Veldrid uses the standard .NET Core tooling. Install the tools and build normally (dotnet build).

gfx - A high-performance, bindless graphics API for Rust.

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This runs the quad example using the Vulkan backend, and then the compute example using the DirectX 12 backend. These examples assume that necessary dependencies for the graphics backend are already installed. For more information about installation and usage, refer to the Getting Started guide.

Vulkan-Hpp - Open-Source Vulkan C++ API

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The goal of the Vulkan-Hpp is to provide header only C++ bindings for the Vulkan C API to improve the developers Vulkan experience without introducing CPU runtime cost. It adds features like type safety for enums and bitfields, STL container support, exceptions and simple enumerations. Vulkan-Hpp is part of the LunarG Vulkan SDK since version 1.0.24. Just #include <vulkan/vulkan.hpp> and you're ready to use the C++ bindings. If you're using a Vulkan version not yet supported by the Vulkan SDK you can find the latest version of the header here.

VkHLF - Experimental High Level Framework for Vulkan

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VkHLF is an experimental high level abstraction library on top of Vulkan. It adds features like transparent suballocation, resource tracking on the CPU & GPU and simplified resource creation while staying as close as possible to the original Vulkan API. In contrast to Vulkan-Hpp, which was carefully designed to be a zero-overhead C++ abstraction for Vulkan, this library adds significant higher-level functionality. Even so, it has been designed for high-performance, but it can cost performance relative to native Vulkan if not employed with the intended usage patterns. All handles and structs which hold handles have been replicated in the vkhlf namespace. For the other structs we simply use Vulkan-Hpp C++ bindings.

awesome-vulkan - Awesome Vulkan ecosystem


A curated list of awesome Vulkan libraries, debuggers and resources. Inspired by awesome-opengl and other awesome-... stuff. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

DiligentEngine - Master repository for Diligent Engine project

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Diligent Engine is a lightweight cross-platform abstraction layer between the application and the platform-specific graphics API designed to take advantages of next-generation APIs such as Direct3D12 and Vulkan, while providing support for older platforms via Direct3D11, OpenGL and OpenGLES. Diligent Engine exposes common front-end for all supported platforms and provides interoperability with underlying native API. Shader source code converter allows HLSL shaders to be used on all supported platforms and rendering backends. The engine is intended to be used as a graphics subsystem in a game engine or any other 3D application, and supports integration with Unity. Diligent Engine is distributed under Apache 2.0 license and is free to use. Alternatively, you can get master repository fisrt, and then individually clone all submodules into the engine's root folder.

Vulkan-Docs - The Vulkan API Specification and related tools

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This repository contains formal documentation of the Vulkan API. This includes the Specification of the Vulkan API, including extensions; the reference (“man”) pages; the XML API Registry; header files; and related tools and scripts. The authoritative public repository is located at . Issues, proposed fixes for issues, and other suggested changes should be created using Github.

vulkano - Safe and rich Rust wrapper around the Vulkan API

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See also Vulkano is a Rust wrapper around the Vulkan graphics API. It follows the Rust philosophy, which is that as long as you don't use unsafe code you shouldn't be able to trigger any undefined behavior. In the case of Vulkan, this means that non-unsafe code should always conform to valid API usage.

node-vulkan - Vulkan for JavaScript

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This is a Vulkan API for node.js. The bindings are machine generated and provide an API to interact from JavaScript with the low-level interface of Vulkan. The API of this project strives to be as close as possible to Vulkan's original API.

angle - A conformant OpenGL ES implementation for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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The goal of ANGLE is to allow users of multiple operating systems to seamlessly run WebGL and other OpenGL ES content by translating OpenGL ES API calls to one of the hardware-supported APIs available for that platform. ANGLE currently provides translation from OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0 to desktop OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Direct3D 9, and Direct3D 11. Support for translation from OpenGL ES to Vulkan is underway, and future plans include compute shader support (ES 3.1) and MacOS support.ANGLE v1.0.772 was certified compliant by passing the ES 2.0.3 conformance tests in October 2011. ANGLE also provides an implementation of the EGL 1.4 specification.

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