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Update Log for the Vulkan-Docs repository on Github. Updates are in reverse
chronological order starting with the latest public release.
This summarizes the periodic public updates, not individual commits. Updates
on Github are done as single large patches at the release point, collecting
together the resolution of many Khronos internal issues, along with any
public pull requests that have been accepted.
Change log for January 13, 2019 Vulkan 1.1.98 spec update:
* Update release number to 98.
Public Issues:
* Fix missing markup in flink:vkDestroyPipelineLayout valid usage
statement (pull request 882).
* Add missing contributors for `<<VK_EXT_buffer_device_address>>` (public
pull request 891).
Internal Issues:
* Detect nested bullet points in valid usage blocks and warn about them
during VUID assignment (internal issue 1382).
* Update the style guide to document the process for reserving new bits in
bitmask types (internal issue 1411).
* Clarify for slink:VkApplicationInfo::pname:apiVersion and in the
<<fundamentals-validusage-versions, Valid Usage for Newer Core
Versions>> section when it is valid for an application to use a certain
version of Vulkan API functionality (for an instance and for a
device/physical device); and when the validation layers must generate an
error (internal issue 1412).
* Add optional <<memory-model-availability-visibility, transitive
availability/visibility operations to the memory model, including a new
pname:vulkanMemoryModelAvailabilityVisibilityChains feature for
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceVulkanMemoryModelFeaturesKHR (internal issue
* Add the code:StorageBuffer storage class to those in the
<<interfaces-resources-descset, Descriptor Set Interface>> (internal
issue 1480).
* Add missing `returnedonly` tags for a number of returned extension
structures that can be passed in pname:pNext chains (internal issue
* Clean up and rearrange some spec language for
slink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo and slink:VkAttachmentReference.txt
(internal issue 1522).
* Correctly round the code:OpVectorTimesScalar and
code:OpMatrixTimesScalar SPIR-V operations in the <<Precision of core
SPIR-V Instructions>> table (internal merge request 2996).
* Work around cases in flink:vkCmdBeginTransformFeedbackEXT,
flink:vkCmdEndTransformFeedbackEXT, and
slink:VkPipelineCoverageModulationStateCreateInfoNV where an array
parameter is `optional` but the length is not in `vk.xml`. This is an
interim fix using `noautovalidity` + handcoded VU replacing those that
should be autogenerated (internal issue 2944 and
* Remove redundant capability validation of the code:float16 and code:int8
SPIR-V capabilities from the <<spirvenv-capabilities, Capabilities>>
section, since they are already covered in the preceding table.
* Update check_spec_links script, including validation for reference page
open blocks. Fix errors identified by the script.
Change log for January 05, 2019 Vulkan 1.1.97 spec update:
* Update release number to 97.
Public Issues:
* Add a special case to the <<renderpass-compatibility, Render Pass
Compatibility>> rules allowing single-subpass renderpasses to be
compatible even if they have different resolve attachment references
(public issue 835).
* Fix the miss shader binding table record address rule in the
<<shader-binding-table-indexing-rules, Miss Shaders>> section to index
by code:missIndex, not code:sbtOffset (public issue 875).
Internal Issues:
* Add a missing anchor to the elink:VkSamplerCreateFlagBits language
(internal issue 1483).
* Add missing implicit valid usage include for slink:VkHdrMetadataEXT and
corresponding `noautovalidity` attributes in `vk.xml` for the
externally-defined metadata properties (internal issue 1514).
* Remove restrictions on the `mask` parameter of SPIR-V's
code:OpGroupNonUniformXor in the <<spirvenv-module-validation,
Validation Rules within a Module>> appendix (internal merge request
* Restore `noautovalidity` attribute for
in `vk.xml` (internal merge request 2975).
* Update copyright dates on Khronos-copyrighted files to 2019 (internal
merge request 2980).
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_depth_stencil_resolve`
* `VK_EXT_buffer_device_address`
* `VK_EXT_memory_budget`
* `VK_EXT_memory_priority`
* `VK_EXT_validation_features`
Change log for December 16, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.96 spec update:
* Update release number to 96.
Public Issues:
* Fix typo in `vk.xml` for `structextends` attribute of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceShadingRateImagePropertiesNV (public PR 870).
* Fix links in optimized PDF output (public PR 879).
Internal Issues:
* Add a link to GitHub contributors in the <<credits, Other Credits>>
section (internal issue 808).
* Clarify the behavior of command aliases described in the <<versions,
Core Revisions>> and <<initialization-functionpointers, Command Function
Pointers>> sections and the registry schema document with respect to
whether they are or are not the same entry point, and what the behaviour
of the ftext:vkGet*ProcAddr commands is for each alias (internal issue
* Update slink:VkPipelineShaderStageCreateInfo valid usage statements for
writing to code:Layer and code:viewportIndex to apply to any vertex
processing stage (internal issue 1475).
* Make sparse image creation optional for Y'C~B~C~R~ formats in the
<<features-required-format-support, Required Format Support>> section
and the <<features-formats-requiring-sampler-ycbcr-conversion, Formats
requiring sampler Y'C~B~C~R~ conversion for
ename:VK_IMAGE_ASPECT_COLOR_BIT image views>> table (internal issue
* Modify the valid usage statement for
flink:vkCmdDrawIndirectByteCountEXT::pname:vertexStride to use the
pname:maxTransformFeedbackBufferDataStride limit rather than the
pname:maxVertexInputBindingStride limit, which is a better match for
transform feedback related operations (internal issue 1487).
* Changed all members of slink:VkPhysicalDevicePCIBusInfoPropertiesEXT to
have the `uint32_t` type. This is an imcompatible change to an EXT
that's very recently released; although this is against usual Vulkan WG
policy, we discussed and consider this an acceptable risk, but have
polled the mesa-dev list in case there are use cases we missed (internal
issue 1492).
* Set spec vetsion to 1 for `VK_GOOGLE_hlsl_functionality1` and
`VK_GOOGLE_decorate_string` in `vk.xml` (internal MR 2948).
* Remove redundant valid usage statement `VkImageCreateInfo-pNext-02395`
(internal MR 2950).
* Add `` script, use it in Gitlab CI, and fix many
minor markup issues discovered by the script (internal MR 2955).
* Update `` to the current Ruby version (2.5.3), and make some
corresponding updates to per-platform build instructions (internal MR
* Fix binding numbers and other details in
flink:vkUpdateDescriptorSetWithTemplate.txt example code blocks
(internal MR 2960).
* Remove some nautovalidity="true" in `vk.xml` for NV extensions where
it's clearly wrong (internal MR 2970).
Change log for December 3, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.95 spec update:
* Update release number to 95.
Public Issues:
* Fix valid usage and XML issues found in public issues 789 and 790 for
the `VK_EXT_debug_utils` extension (public pull request 794).
* Replace references to `VK_NV_dedicated_allocation` with links to the
corresponding slink:slink:VkMemoryDedicatedRequirements and
slink:slink:VkMemoryDedicatedAllocateInfo structures in the description
of elink:VkExternalMemoryFeatureFlagBits (public issue 801).
* Fix miscellaneous minor markup and spelling issues in
`VK_NV_ray_tracing` extension (public pull request 860).
* Remove "returnedonly" from XML for
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceInlineUniformBlockFeaturesEXT and
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceVulkanMemoryModelFeaturesKHR (public issue 862).
Internal Issues:
* Add to the description of the
pname:maxCompureSharedMemorySize>> feature to state the shared variables
should be packed at least as tightly as std430 (internal issue 1386).
* Fix and clarify various references to image and image view usage in
flink:vkCmdBindShadingRateImageNV, flink:vkCmdBeginRenderPass, and
slink:VkImageStencilUsageCreateInfoEXT (internal issue 1432).
* Require that the slink:VkImage mipmap chain match the Android hardware
buffer mipmap chain for slink:VkMemoryAllocateInfo (internal issue
* Fix the definition of slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR valid usage
statement 01778 (Vulkan-ValidationLayers!15)
* Fix descriptions of <<interfaces-builtin-variables-launchid,
code:LaunchIDNV>> and <<interfaces-builtin-variables-launchsize,
code:LaunchSizeNV>> to code:uvec3.
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8`
* `VK_KHR_shader_float_controls`
Change log for November 25, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.94 spec update:
* Update release number to 94.
Public Issues:
* Use the terms "`texel block`" and "`texel block size`" instead of "`data
element`" and "`element size`", and define "`element`" as an array slot.
In addition to the terminology changes, retitled the <<texel-block-size,
Representation and Texel Block Size>> section and added texel block size
/ no. of texels/block information to the
<<features-formats-compatibility, Compatible Formats>> table. There is
some additional work underway to make sure the compatibility language
makes sense for all of uncompressed, compressed, and multiplanar formats
(public issue 763).
* Cleanup `VK_NV_ray_tracing` language (public issues 858, 859).
Internal Issues:
* Specify in <<shaders-invocationgroups, Invocation and Derivative
Groups>> and <<textures-output-format-conversion, Texel Output Format
Conversion>> that derivative groups are quads when code:SubgroupSize >=
4 (internal issue 1390).
* Make the type of slink:VkDescriptorUpdateTemplateCreateInfo::pNext
`const` following pattern for the other stext:Vk*CreateInfo structures
(internal issue 1459).
* Specify that flink:vkCmdClearAttachments executes as a drawing command,
rather than a transfer command (internal issue 1463).
* Update `VK_NV_ray_tracing` to use code:InstanceId instead of
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_swapchain_mutable_format`
* `VK_EXT_fragment_density_map`
Change log for November 18, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.93 spec update:
* Update release number to 93.
Public Issues:
* Add spec language for ename:VK_INDEX_TYPE_NONE_NV and fix up
slink:VkAccelerationStructureTypeNV (public issue 848).
* Add missing suffix in description of slink:VkSubpassDescription2KHR
parameters (public pull request 851).
* Fix miscellaneous typos (public pull request 855).
* Add driver ID for Pastel (public pull request 856).
* Add missing include directive for slink:VkMemoryWin32HandlePropertiesKHR
implicit valid usage statements (public pull request 857).
Internal Issues:
* Restrict the storage classes permitted for SPIR-V atomics to what is
actually supported, in the <<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation
Rules within a Module>> section (internal issue 1123).
* Add a missing Valid Usage statement to slink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo for
the case pname:stencilLoadOp == ename:VK_LOAD_OP_CLEAR, pname:layout ==
* Modify optimize-pdf script and Makefile to retain non-optimized original
PDF on errors (internal issue 1435).
* Add <<spirvenv-module-validation, SPIR-V validation rules>> stating that
only the listed code:BuiltIn decorations are permitted, and only when
relevante features and extensions are enabled (internal issue 1449).
* Remove some duplicated Valid Usage IDs created via cut & paste error
(internal issue 1455).
* Build HTML output for extension reference pages (internal issue 1461).
** Improve handling of aliases defined inside other refpages.
** Emit aliases in
** Add XML noautovalidity flag for VkRenderPassCreateFlags until there
are some corresponding FlagBits defined.
** Corrected types= attribute on some refpage blocks to 'flags'
** Added refpage blocks for some missing types detected by CI tests.
* Fixed many Valid Usage statement issues in slink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo,
slink:VkSubpassDescription, slink:VkSubpassDescription2KHR,
slink:VkSubpassDependency2KHR, flink:vkCmdBeginRenderPass,
flink:vkCmdBeginRenderPass2KHR, and slink:VkRenderPassBeginInfo
discovered while adding `VK_KHR_create_renderpass2` to the validation
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_scalar_block_layout`
* `VK_EXT_separate_stencil_usage`
Change log for November 12, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.92 spec update:
* Update release number to 92.
Public Issues:
* Move and modify valid usage statements dealing with pname:aspectMask in
flink:vkCmdClearColorImage, flink:vkCmdClearDepthStencilImage, and
slink:VkClearAttachment, so they are in places where all necessary
information is available (public issue 529).
* Fix math markup in <<textures-texel-anisotropic-filtering, Texel
Anisotropic Filtering>> (public pull request 840).
* Fix misspellings (public pull request 845).
Internal Issues:
* Add installation instructions and a Makefile "`chunked`" target for
chunked HTML generation (internal issue 1352).
* Fix pipeline mesh diagram style; also fix a minor bug in the classic
pipeline diagram where vertex/index buffers wrongly fed into the vertex
shader (internal issue 1436).
* Make asciidoctor ERROR output raise an error, and don't suppress
executed command output from CI make invocation (internal issue 1454).
* Minor typo fixes and clarifications for `VK_NV_raytracing`.
* Cleanup extension-specific properties
** Remove duplicated documentation for pname:maxDiscardRectangles,
pname:pointClippingBehavior, and pname:maxVertexAttribDivisor (they
shouldn't be documented with the other members of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits at all).
** Remove duplicate anchor for pname:maxVertexAttribDivisor
** Consistently document stext:VkPhysicalDevice<Extension>PropertiesKHR
*** Always document pname:sType/pname:pNext (was inconsistent before)
*** Always mention chaining to slink:VkPhysicalDeviceProperties2 (and not
as slink:VkPhysicalDeviceProperties2KHR)
*** Always include Valid Usage statements last
* Update Makefile 'checklinks' target and associated scripts, and fix
markup problems identified by, so that we can rely on the
checklinks script as part of Gitlab CI.
Change log for November 4, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.91 spec update:
* Update release number to 91.
Public Issues:
* Update Ubuntu subsystem build instructions in `BUILD.adoc` (public pull
request 624).
* Delete the `VK_KHR_mir_surface` extension from the Specification and
XML, due to EOL of the only driver known to have supported it, and
near-EOL of Mir itself (public issue 814).
* Fix options for some figures that were using old ones (public pull
request 841).
* Fix various accidentally repeated words (public pull request 843).
* Use `time.process_time()`, introduced in Python 3.3, in the scripts
instead of `time.clock()`, which will be removed in Python 3.8 (public
pull request 844).
Internal Issues:
* Update valid usage statements for
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer` in
slink:VkImportAndroidHardwareBufferInfoANDROID, and
flink:vkGetAndroidHardwareBufferPropertiesANDROID to actually be
verifiable (internal issue 1419).
* Update valid usage statements for
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer` in
slink:VkMemoryAllocateInfo, slink:VkImageCreateInfo, and
slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo to move valid usage statements in
doubly-nested bullet points up one level, accomodating limitations of
the valid usage extraction script that creates `validusage.json`
(internal issue 1434).
* Fix typo etext:VK_ACCESS_SHADING_RATE_IMAGE_BIT_NV to the correct
* Add missing etext:VK_STRUCTURE_TYPE_* tokens to appendices for
extensions missing them.
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_memory_overallocation_behavior`
* `VK_NV_ray_tracing`, replacing `VK_NVX_raytracing`
Change log for October 28, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.90 spec update:
* Update release number to 90.
Public Issues:
* Tag flink:vkQueueWaitIdle as `externsync` in `vk.xml` (public pull
request 815).
* Update README (public pull request 834).
* `VK_NV_framebuffer_mixed_samples` and `VK_AMD_mixed_attachment_samples`
had confusing and contradictory valid usage statements when read in the
all-extensions spec build. Change them to explicitly mention which
extension each is for (public issue Vulkan-ValidationLayers/issues/353).
Internal Issues:
* Update `` to clarify how externally generated Vulkan
Specifications (for translations, annotations, or other reasons) must be
copyrighted, and acknowledge the Exception Clause on the `vk.xml`
license (internal issue 1079).
* Specify that flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties may: return
pname:maxMipLevels 1 if the format is ycbcr (internal issue 1361).
* Clarify previously underspecified language for
flink:vkCmdPushConstants::pname:pStageFlags regarding use of push
constants across multiple pipelines (internal issue 1403).
* Fix typo in XML/headers for
which was previously
(internal issue 1428).
* Fix markup of equations that were sporadically breaking the
`optimize-pdf` step of PDF generation, due (apparently) to inconsistent
treatment of unwrapped multicharacter terms by different LaTeX parsers
(internal issue 1435).
* For the <<memory-model-synchronizes-with synchronizes-with>> memory
model relation cases involving a release barrier plus relaxed atomic
write, treat the atomic as if it were a release atomic and allow the
acquire side to read from its hypothetical release sequence. This is
more consistent with how C++ defines synchronization for release fences
(internal issue cross-api/memory-model#72).
* Minor editorial changes to the <<memory-model, memory model>> appendix
based on external feedback.
Change log for October 21, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.89 spec update:
* Update release number to 89.
Public Issues:
* Clarify the reference to <<features-limits-mipmapPrecisionBits, mipmap
precision bits>> in the <<textures-image-level-selection, Image Level(s)
Selection>> section (public issue 660).
* Update <<debugging-object-types,VkObjectType and Vulkan Handle
Relationship>> table with missing types (public pull request 820).
* Miscellaneous minor markup cleanup (public pull request 822).
* Fix copy/paste bugs in the description of how implicit
availability/visibility operations for atomics/barriers are ordered in
the <<memory-model-availability-visibility-semantics, Availability and
Visibility Semantics>> section (public issue 823).
* Add missing shading_rate_image bit from mesh pipeline list in the
<<synchronization-pipeline-stages-types>> list (public issue 824).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify that only statically used members of a push constant block need
to be in the push constant range, and stop referring to block members as
"`variables`" in the <<interfaces-resources-pushconst, Push Constant
Interface>> section. This is related to
(internal issue 1401).
* Clarify interaction between flink:vkCmdSetDeviceMask and render pass
control commands in the slink:VkDeviceGroupRenderPassBeginInfo section
(internal issue 1416).
* Miscellaneous minor markup cleanup.
* Remove types defined by `"disabled"` extensions from
validextensionstructs in the XML processing scripts, so downstream code
generators don't emit them.
Change log for October 13, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.88 spec update:
* Update release number to 88.
Public Issues:
* Make clear that
tname:PFN_vkDebugUtilsMessengerCallbackEXT::pname:messageTypes is a
bitmask, and correct a typo in the spelling of
slink:VkDebugUtilsMessengerCreateInfoEXT.txt::pname:messageType (public
pull request 800).
* Make an ABI-compatible change of the type of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceDriverPropertiesKHR::pname:driverID to use the new
elink:VkDriverIdKHR type (public issue 811).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify for the <<features-features-shaderStorageImageExtendedFormats>>
feature and in the <<spirvenv-capabilities-table>> that the feature
means that all of the formats are supported, and that otherwise the
features can be queried per-format (internal issue 1273).
* Clarified interactions of `VK_EXT_external_memory_host` with host cache
management commands and structures flink:vkMapMemory,
flink:vkFlushMappedMemoryRanges, slink:VkMappedMemoryRange, and
flink:vkUnmapMemory using the new glossary term "`Host Mapped Device
Memory`" (internal issue 1385).
* Update the language for flink:vkCreateViSurfaceNN.txt describing the
pname:currentExtent of a VI surface to more accurately reflect current
capabilities, replacing "`undefined`" with more explicit behavior
(internal issue 1410).
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_calibrated_timestamps`
* `VK_EXT_image_drm_format_modifier` (this extension was previously
disabled in vk.xml, and has now been enabled after some changes to fix
performance issues).
* `VK_EXT_pci_bus_info`
* `VK_EXT_transform_feedback`
* `VK_GOOGLE_hlsl_functionality1`, exposing support for
* `VK_GOOGLE_decorate_string`, exposing support for
Change log for October 7, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.87 spec update:
* Update release number to 87.
Public Issues:
* Merge flink:vkCmdPipelineBarrier self-dependency barrier VUs referring
to the same subpass dependency (public pull request 756).
* Describe default value of `"optional"` attribute in the registry schema
document (public issue 769)
* Fix links in <<VK_NVX_raytracing>> extension (public pull request 805).
* Mark the <<VK_KHR_mir_surface>> extension obsolete (see public issue 814
- does not close this, however).
* Fix missing endif in Image Creation block (public issue 817).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify that the compressed texture formats corresponding to
<<features-features-textureCompressionASTC_LDR>>, and
<<features-features-textureCompressionBC>> is not contingent on the
feature bits, and may be supported even if the features are not enabled
(internal issue 663).
* Clarify that code:FragStencilRefEXT is output only in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables, Built-In Variables>> section (internal
issue 1173).
* Identify and correct many overly-aggressive uses of "`undefined`", and
narrow them down, where straightforward to do so. Mark such resolved
uses of "`undefined`" with the custom undefined: macro. Add a new
<<writing-undefined, Describing Undefined Behavior>> section (internal
issue 1267).
* Don't require code:inline_uniform_block descriptors to be populated
before use in the flink:vkAllocateDescriptorSets section (internal issue
* Allow suppressing inline SVG images by controlling this with an
attribute set in the Makefile, rather than the explicit [%inline]
directive (internal issue 1391).
* Mark 'Khronos' as a registered trademark in several places, now that it
is one.
* Fix typo in the <<VK_KHR_shader_atomic_int64>> appendix using the GLSL
naming of the compare exchange op when referring to the SPIR-V op.
* Specify in the flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceQueueFamilyProperties section
that all implementations must support at least one queue family, and
that every queue family must contain at least one queue.
* Make slink:VkPipelineDynamicStateCreateInfo::pname:dynamicStateCount,
slink:VkSampleLocationsInfoEXT::pname:sampleLocationsPerPixel, and
slink:VkSampleLocationsInfoEXT::pname:sampleLocationsCount optional, to
fix bogus implicit valid usage checks that were causing failures in the
conformance tests.
* Fix vendor tag in reserved extension 237 constants. Does not affect
anything since it's just a placeholder, but this should avoid further
* Minor markup fixes in some extension appendices.
New Extensions:
* `<<VK_FUCHSIA_imagepipe_surface>>`
Change log for September 29, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.86 spec update:
* Update release number to 86.
Internal Issues:
* Add new <<resources-image-creation-limits, Image Creation Limits>>
section and reference that from valid usage statements, reducing
combinatorial complexity of extension-dependent VUs. Also fixes some
underspecified limits (such as pname:maxMipLevels) in the VUs for
slink:VkImageCreateInfo when
contains multiple bits, and fixes incorrectly (and underspecified)
limits when an Android external format is used (internal issue 1370).
* Remove unused "`Fragment Area Granularity`" glossary entry accidentally
introduced in the 1.1.85 update.
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_driver_properties`
* `VK_KHR_shader_atomic_int64`
* The specification sources contain text for another extension,
`VK_EXT_image_drm_format_modifier`, but this extension is not yet
complete, and is marked disabled in `vk.xml`. The extension will be
enabled, and become part of the spec, only when the authors decide it is
Change log for September 19, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.85 spec update:
* Update release number to 85.
Public Issues:
* Add self-dependency ename:VK_DEPENDENCY_BY_REGION_BIT valid usage
statements for slink:VkSubpassDependency(public pull request 778).
* Apply fix from pull request 742 to slink:VkSubpassDependency and
slink:VkSubpassDependency2 (public pull request 779).
* Specify the units of slink:VkBufferImageCopy::pname:bufferRowLength and
pname:bufferImageHeight as texels (public pull request 781).
* Better specify promoted parameter mapping in the
`<<VK_KHR_create_renderpass2>>` appendix (public pull request 782).
Internal Issues:
* Only include the <<fundamentals-validusage-versions, Valid Usage for
Newer Core Versions>> section in Vulkan 1.1 or later (internal issue
Other Issues:
* Clean up redundant valid usage language for the
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer` extension
interaction with slink:VkImageCreateInfo.
* Fix error in a flag name within valid usage statements for
* Clarify that memory types are not totally ordered in
* For slink:VkWriteDescriptorSetInlineUniformBlockEXT, set
structextends="VkWriteDescriptorSet" in `vk.xml`, and make
* Add documentation of 'provisional' XML attribute to registry.txt.
New Extensions:
* `VK_NV_compute_shader_derivatives`
* `VK_NV_corner_sampled_image`
* `VK_NV_fragment_shader_barycentric`
* `VK_NV_mesh_shader`
* `VK_NV_representative_fragment_test`
* `VK_NV_scissor_exclusive`
* `VK_NV_shader_image_footprint`
* `VK_NV_shading_rate_image`
* `VK_NVX_raytracing`
Change log for September 8, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.84 spec update:
* Update release number to 84.
Public Issues:
* Fix code sample in the `<<VK_EXT_debug_utils>>` extension (public issue
* Fix misleading comment in `vk.xml` for
slink:VkDescriptorBufferInfo::pname:buffer (public pull request 762).
* Fix formatting of deprecation attributes in schema doc (public pull
request 767).
* Change `can` to `may` in the description of
elink:VkSparseImageFormatFlagBits, which are return values from queries
(public pull request 768).
* Prettify generated contact list in extension appendices, adding logos
and a New Issue link (public pull request 770).
* Enable sRGB conversion based on the image view format, not the image
format, in the <<textures-format-conversion, Format Conversion>> section
(public pull request 773).
* Fix typo in equation in the <<primsrast-lines-basic, Basic Line Segment
Rasterization>> section (public pull request 780).
* Fix special characters in GitHub contacts links (public pull request
* Make clean_pdf target remove pdf folder (public pull request 784).
* Fix styleguide bad markup of block continuation (public pull request
Other Issues:
* Allow a zero vertex attribute divisor in the
`<<VK_EXT_vertex_attribute_divisor>>` extension, exposed via the
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceVertexAttributeDivisorFeaturesEXT feature.
* Add missing `structextends="VkDeviceCreateInfo"` to
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceShaderDrawParameterFeatures and
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_memory_model`
* `VK_EXT_astc_decode_mode`
* `VK_EXT_inline_uniform_block`
Change log for August 13, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.83 spec update:
* Update release number to 83.
Public Issues:
* Use [%inline] directive for all SVGs to reduce file size (public pull
request 734).
* Convert XML `value` aliases into \<alias> tags (public pull request
* Fix metadoc script showing non-selected extensions (public pull request
* Reapply public pull request 742 to make
graphices pipeline (public pull request 749).
* Fix numerous typos related to accidental duplication of words (public
pull request 760).
* Fix `vk.xml` contact typos (public pull request 761).
Internal Issues:
* Add images to the <<Standard sample locations>> table (internal issue
* Add a definition of "`Inherited from`" precision in the
<<spirvenv-precision-operation, Precision and Operation of SPIR-V
Instructions>> section (internal issue 1314).
* Clarify that both built-in and user-defined variables count against the
location limits for shader interfaces in the
<<interfaces-iointerfaces-locations, Location Assignment>> section
(internal issue 1316).
* Merge "`required`" capabilities into the <<spirvenv-capabilities-table,
list of optional: SPIR-V capabilities>> (internal issue 1320).
* Relax the layout matching rules of descriptors referring to only a
single aspect of a depth/stencil image, by reference to the new
<<resources-image-layouts-matching-rule, Image Layout Matching Rules>>
section (internal issue 1346).
* Revert extension metadoc generator warning about name mismatches to a
diagnostic, due to annoying warnings in build output for conscious
choices we've made (internal issue 1351).
Other Issues:
* Reserve bits for pending vendor extensions.
* Make Vulkan consistent with SPIR-V regarding code:DepthReplacing and
code:FragDepth in the <<interfaces-builtin-variables, Built-In
Variables>> section.
* Add missing ChangeLog entries for the previous three spec updates.
Change log for July 30, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.82 spec update:
* Update release number to 82.
Public Issues:
* Add flink:vkDestroyPipelineLayout valid usage statement that the layout
must not have been used with command buffers still in the recording
state (public issue 730).
* Correct \<unused> tag for elink:VkResult in `vk.xml` (public merge
request 746).
Internal Issues:
* Add a valid usage statement to flink:vkQueueSubmit, and similar language
to the definitions of <<synchronization-queue-transfers-acquire, acquire
operations>> requiring that an acquire operation follow a previous
release of the same subresource (internal issue 1290).
* Add <<resources-image-format-features,Image Format Features>> and
<<resources-image-view-format-features,Image View Format Features>>
sections that precisely define the slink:VkFormatFeatures supported by
images and image views, and rewrite valid usage statements to reference
these sections instead of duplicating language (internal issue 1310).
* Reword and consolidate synchronization valid usage statements for
flink:vkCmdPipelineBarrier such that they correctly account for mutiple
possible self-dependencies (internal issue 1322).
* Change order of <<Standard sample locations>> for 2xMSAA (internal issue
* Add definitions of "`<<Correctly Rounded>>`" and "`<<ULP>>`" in the
SPIR-V environment appendix, and "`Units in the Last Place (ULP)`" in
the glossary.
New Extensions:
* `VK_NV_device_diagnostic_checkpoints`
Change log for July 23, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.81 spec update:
* Update release number to 81.
Public Issues:
* Fix missing "`valid`" phrasing in some obscure cases (public pull
request 605).
* Replace improper use of cannot: referring to the implementation in the
description of the
pname:maxUpdateAfterBindDescriptorsInAllPools>> limit (public pull
request 738).
* Reorder description of bits in elink:VkPipelineStageFlagBits and the
<<synchronization-pipeline-stages-supported, Supported pipeline stage
flags>> table to match their definition order (public pull request 740).
to elink:VkBufferUsageFlagBits (public pull request 741).
* Fix value usage statement for slink:VkSubpassDependency stage mask
parameters (public pull request 742).
* Fix visible markup in registry schema document (public pull request
Internal Issues:
* Make the <<geometry-invocations, geometry shader invocation
description>> and <<shaders-geometry-execution, Geometry Shader
Execution>> descriptions consistent with other pipeline stages (internal
issue 1325).
* Mark the `VK_NV_glsl_shader` extension as deprecated.
* Adjust the per-instance vertex attribute offset formula specified by
`VK_EXT_vertex_attribute_divisor` for
slink:VkVertexInputBindingDivisorDescriptionEXT so that the interaction
between pname:firstInstance and pname:divisor matches the OpenGL
convention (internal issue 1333).
Change log for July 7, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.80 spec update:
* Update release number to 80.
Public Issues:
* Remove unused "`API Order`" term from glossary (public issue 657).
* Dynamically generate the extension appendix includes based on
information in `vk.xml`, including new metadata tags describing
deprecated, obsoleted, and promoted extensions (public pull request
Internal Issues:
* Add valid usage statements to flink:vkCmdBindDescriptorSets to keep
offsets + range less than or equal to the buffer size (internal issue
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_conditional_render`
* `VK_KHR_create_renderpass2` (public issue 736)
* `VK_KHR_8bit_storage` (public issue 737)
Change log for July 1, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.79 spec update:
* Update release number to 79.
Public Issues:
* Add a note to the <<features-required-format-support, Required Format
Support>> section clarifying that the required formats don't depend on
the used flags (public issue 671).
* Add a valid usage statement for flink:vkUpdateDescriptors that was
previously described for slink:VkImageSubresourceRange, but not as a
valid usage statement (public issue 713).
* Modify implicit valid usage generator script to not emit 'must: not be
0' for a parameter that is a pointer to a flags field, such as
pname:pPeerMemoryFeatures (public issue 729).
Internal Issues:
* Add definitions of "`obsoleted`" and "`deprecated`", and modify the
definition of "`promoted`" in the <<glossary, Glossary>> (internal issue
* Add language for integer texel output conversions (the conversion is
undefined) to the <<textures-output-format-conversion]] Texel Output
Format Conversion>> section. Simplify and clarify the floating-point
conversion language in the <<fundamentals-general, General
Requirements>> section and the new <<fundamentals-fp-conversion,
Floating-Point Format Conversions>> section, and remove obsolete
language in the format-specific floating-point sections (internal issue
* Add the elink:VkVendorId enumerated type to the Vulkan API / XML /
header, so reserved Khronos vendor IDs can be referred to symbolically
by clients. Note that only Khronos vendor IDs (e.g. non-PCI vendor IDs)
are defined (internal issue 1299).
* Fix typo in the <<fig-non-strict-lines, Non strict lines>> table
(internal issue 1315).
* Clean up and simplify the
<<features-formats-requiring-sampler-ycbcr-conversion, YCbCr format
properties>> table and use symbols consistently with other tables. Add a
column for the number of planes.
* Add code:Float16 to the <<spirvenv-capabilities-table, List of optional
SPIR-V capabilities>> for the `VK_AMD_gpu_shader_half_float` extension.
Change log for June 18, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.78 spec update:
* Update release number to 78.
Public Issues:
* Change markup so parameter descriptions include links to structures,
instead of just their names (public issue 697).
* Resume publishing updated Vulkan 1.0 + KHR extensions and Vulkan 1.0 +
all extensions versions of the specification (public issue 722).
* Reapply fixes from public pull request 698 for
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer`, which accidentally
were reverted at some point (public pull request 724).
* Fix undefined format valid usage statements for slink:VkImageCreateInfo
in the presence of the
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer` extension (public
pull request 725).
* Miscellaneous markup consistency fixes (public pull request 728).
Internal Issues:
* When building specifications containing vendor extensions, add terms to
the Khronos spec copyright specifying that the result is not a ratified
specification (internal issue 739).
* Change the value of the
pname:maxDescriptorSetUpdateAfterBindUniformBuffers minimum limit to 72
(6 times pname:maxPerStageDescriptorUpdateAfterBindUniformBuffers) in
the <<features-limits-required, Required Limits>> table (internal issue
Other Issues:
* Fix link to resource image view compatibility table in the valid usage
statements for slink:VkImageFormatListCreateInfoKHR (internal pull
request 2711).
Change log for June 10, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.77 spec update:
* Update release number to 77.
Public Issues:
* Remove redundant asciidoctor ifdef in slink:VkDeviceCreateInfo valid
usage statement (public pull request 718).
Internal Issues:
* Require that the returned slink:VkMemoryRequirements::pname:alignment
reflect the minimum alignment requirements for the buffer's usages, and
make dynamic offset alignment valid usage more explicit for
flink:vkBindBufferMemory and flink:vkCmdBindDescriptorSets (internal
issue 1170).
* Explicitly state that objects of type code:OpTypeImage,
code:OpTypeSampler, and code:OpTypeSampledImage must not be stored to in
the <<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>>
section (internal issue 1262).
* Clarify rules about validating descriptor set/binding against storage
class and descriptor type in the <<spirvenv-module-validation,
Validation Rules within a Module>> section, and add an anchor for and
references to the <<interfaces-resources-storage-class-correspondence,
Shader Resource and Storage Class Correspondence>> table (internal issue
* Use correct spelling of SPIR-V decoration code:NonWritable in several
places (internal issue 1298).
Other Issues:
* Update specification links to files in the old
KhronosGroup/Vulkan-LoaderAndValidationLayers repository with
corresponding links into the new repositories that replace it.
* Move validity requirement for slink:VkSamplerCreateInfo into the valid
usage block instead of the body text, and give it a VUID.
* Use the full name of the "`style guide`" in a reference in the
description of slink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceProperties, update the
<<vulkan-styleguide, link to that document>>, and use the full name
in the registry index page.
Change log for May 25, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.76 spec update:
* Update release number to 76.
Internal Issues:
* Add an exception clause to the license on `vk.xml`, enabling its use
with GPL-based projects (internal issue 1017).
* Remove the generated `vulkan_ext.[ch]` files, which are no longer
supported. Add `src/ext_loader/` explaining why, and update
files in `xml/` to not generate them by default (internal issue 1268)
Other Issues:
* Fix typos in valid usage statements for the
ftext:vkDrawIndexedIndirectCount* commands, replacing
sizeof(VkDrawIndirectComment) with sizeof(VkDrawIndexedIndirectCommand).
* Modify the <<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a
Module>> section to require code:NonReadable or code:NonWriteable in
SPIR-V code for images with an image format of code:Unknown if one of
the requisite code:shaderImageReadWithoutFormat or
code:shaderImageWriteWithoutFormat features is disabled.
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_get_display_properties2`
* `VK_KHR_draw_indirect_count`
Change log for May 16, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.75 spec update:
* Update release number to 75.
Github Issues:
* Use Github handles (e.g. @handle) for contact information in vk.xml,
when available (partial fix for public issue 630).
* Add size invariance guarantee to slink:VkMemoryRequirements for
buffer/image memory requirements (public issue 661).
* Correct scope (conditional constructs) in valid usage statement for
slink:VkBindImageMemoryInfo (public pull request 684).
* Clean up minor markup issues and typos in the
`VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer` extension appendix
(public pull request 698).
* Modify registry processing script to avoid irrelevant warnings of benign
enumerant redefinitions (public pull request 705).
* Fix some duplicate words and some misspelled "`stagess`" (public pull
request 712)
Internal Issues:
* Enable continuous integration tests on the internal Khronos gitlab
server by adding a .gitlab-ci.yml file. Note: this does not implement CI
on the public Github repository (internal issue 408).
* Add link from description of depth clamping in the <<fragops-depth,
depth test>> section to the
parameter which enables it, making it easily searchable / findable
(internal issue 1125).
* Clarify that arrays of arrays of descriptors are not allowed in the
<<interfaces-resources-descset, Descriptor Set Interface>> and
<<interfaces-resources-setandbinding, DescriptorSet and Binding
Assignment>> sections (internal issue 1192).
* Comment out some redundant nested asciidoctor conditionals in the
slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo valid usage block, and explain in all cases
why the redundant conditional exist and are commented out (internal
issue 1231).
* Move a valid usage statement from slink:VkCommandPoolCreateInfo to the
parent flink:vkCreateCommandPool, where the device queue is known
(internal issue 1233).
* Add new slink:VkBaseInStructure and slink:VkBaseOutStructure types which
can be used by extensions and implementations for handling Vulkan
sType/pNext style structures in a more generic way (internal issue
* Clarify that
only applies to external-format images. Add references to this in valid
usage statements that previously only referred to
slink:VkFormatProperties (internal issue 1244).
* Fix the description of elink:VkPipelineCreateFlagBits enumerant
name (internal issue 1279).
* Add a NOTE to the <<interfaces-resources-setandbinding, DescriptorSet
and Binding Assignment>> section making it clear that variables sharing
a storage class may use identical descriptor set and bindings.
Specifically state the sometimes misunderstood ability to have one or
more differently typed image descriptors sharing a descriptor set and
binding (internal SPIR-V issue 264).
* Make DynamicIndexing features and capabilities also control the
uniformity of the descriptor used in memory access instructions in the
<<interfaces-resources-descset, Descriptor Set Interface>> section. This
makes them also apply to variable_pointer usage, which can bypass the
array indexing operation (internal SPIR-V issue 289).
Other Issues:
* Correct flink:vkCmdBlitImage limitations on cubic blits to be 2D only,
not 3D.
* Update valid usage statements for slink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo and
* Move YCbCr-related VU statements from slink:VkDescriptorImageInfo to
slink:VkWriteDescriptorSet, where all needed information is known, and
remove redundant statements.
* Move SPIR-V restriction that images be of either sampled or storage
types from the <<interfaces-resources-descset, Descriptor Set
Interface>> section to the <<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation
Rules within a Module>> section of the SPIR-V appendix.
Change log for April 21, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.74 spec update:
* Update release number to 74.
Github Issues:
* Clarify which buffer locations are accessed in
flink:vkCmdCopyBufferToImage valid usage statements (public issue 676).
* Refine description of <<extended-functionality-extensions-dependencies,
extension dependencies>>, related NOTE in the
<<extended-functionality-extensions, Extensions>> section, and
"`Required Extensions`" glossary term (public pull request 693).
* Add support for specifying required Vulkan core version in `vk.xml` and
the extension metadoc generator (public issue 696).
* Update .gitignore for directory reorganization (public pull request
* Fix typo (public pull request 703).
Internal Issues:
* Update valid usage of slink:VkClearRect::pname:layerCount (internal
issue 1241).
Other Issues:
* Fix typo in <<NV_geometry_shader_passthrough>> issues list.
Change log for April 15, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.73 spec update:
* Update release number to 73.
Github Issues:
* Refine swapchain association with surface for slink:VkSwapchainKHR, with
matching valid usage statements for slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR and
discussion following the <<swapchain-wsi-image-create-info>> table
(public issue 637).
* Re-remove several valid usage statements from slink:VkImageCreateInfo
that had previously been removed at the time that
ename:VK_IMAGE_CREATE_EXTENDED_USAGE_BIT was introduced. These
statements had incorrectly been restored due to an glitch while merging
from the old `1.0` branch to the current `master` branch (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Fix reference page generation and configure build to generate reference
pages 1.1 with all extensions, rather than core only, as was the case
for the 1.0 ref pages (internal issues 484, 1056, 1205).
* Require that
slink:VkMemoryDedicatedRequirements::pname:prefersDedicateAllocation is
ename:VK_TRUE when
slink:VkMemoryDedicatedRequirements::pname:requiresDedicateAllocation is
ename:VK_TRUE (internal issue 1222).
* Fix Ruby extension code so `diff_html` Makefile target works (internal
issue 1230).
* Update `genRelease` script to generate 1.1 + all extensions reference
pages - but not the single-page HTML / PDF versions, which are even
larger than the API spec (internal issue 1245).
Other Issues:
* Add missing attributes to `vk.xml` for `VK_ANDROID_native_buffer`.
* Specify that the slink:VkAttachmentDescription::pname:format member is
the format of the image *view* that will be used for the attachment.
* Use core sname:VkPhysicalDeviceFeatures2 in the `structextends` `vk.xml`
attribute for sname:VkPhysicalDeviceDescriptorIndexingFeaturesEXT and
sname:VkPhysicalDeviceDescriptorIndexingPropertiesEXT, rather than the
KHR equivalent it was promoted from.
* Fix the "`Fragment Input Attachment Interface`" glossary entry to match
the specification body.
* Clarify the interaction of sRGB images used as storage or texel buffers
with <<textures-output-format-conversion, Texel Output Format
* Moved three valid usage statements from
slink:VkRenderPassMultiviewCreateInfo up to
slink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo, and added a new valid usage statement for
* Added valid usage statements for slink:VkBufferMemoryBarrier and
slink:VkImageMemoryBarrier reflecting the global requirement that
"`non-sparse resources must be bound to memory before being recorded to
Change log for April 5, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.72 spec update:
* Update release number to 72.
Github Issues:
* Restructure the repository to put the specification `Makefile` and
associated spec source material at the top level, `vk.xml` and
associated scripts material in `xml/`, and generated include and source
files in `include/vulkan/` and `src/ext_loader/`, respectively (public
issue 436).
* Add missing bullet point markup to flink:vkCmdCopyImage valid usage
statement, so it gets a VUID assigned (public issue 627).
* Fix broken links in a couple of extension appendices (public pull
request 665).
* Add the \<platform> tag to the index in section 4.1 of the registry
schema documentation, and add the protect= attribute of \<extension>
tags to the comments in `registry.rnc` (public issues 673, 678).
* Add missing valid usage statements for sparse image interactions to
flink:VkImageCreateInfo (public pull request 675).
* Fix improper usage and grammar of "`can: not`" (public pull request
* Remove duplicate spec language and NOTE on present layout between the
flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR and flink:vkAcquireNextImage2KHR commands
(public pull request 685).
* Fix some typos and markup issues (public pull request 689; public issues
642, 667, 687).
<<external-semaphore-handle-types-compatibility, External semaphore
handle types compatibility>> table (public pull request 691).
Internal Issues:
* Remove the need for the "`noautovalidity`" attribute on extension
structures in `vk.xml`. It is now implied by the "`structextends`"
attribute instead (internal issue 942).
* Replace uses of "`currently bound`" with "`bound`", since "`currently`"
is redundant and distracting, and add a corresponding rule to the style
guide (internal issue 993).
* Fixed subtle issues with the last updates to flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR
language that had resulted in ambiguities (internal issue 1178).
* Make it clear that only one query of a given type is allowed at a time
by reordering valid usage statements for flink:vkCmdBeginQuery and
flink:vkCmdEndQuery, and removing redundant ones (internal issue 1213).
* Swapped OL1 and OL3 in `tessparamUL.svg` to match previous version, and
fixed where "`(no edge)`" appears (internal issue 1215).
Other Issues:
* Fixed a minor problem with the valid usage statement extraction script,
and corresponding markup in the spec source.
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_shader_core_properties`
* `VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing`
* `VK_NV_shader_subgroup_partitioned`
Change log for March 16, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.71 spec update:
* First public update for Vulkan 1.1.
Github Issues:
* Refer to standard sparse image block shape format tables explicitly in
the <<sparsememory-standard-shapes, Standard Sparse Image Block Shapes>>
section (public issue 93).
* Add the missing definition of the code:LocalInvocationIndex decoration
in the <<interfaces-builtin-variables, Built-In Variables>> section
(public issue 532).
* Clarify dynamic state definition in the introduction to the <<pipelines,
Pipelines>> section and the new <<pipelines-dynamic-state, Dynamic
State>> subsection (public issue 620).
* Clarified deprecation statement in the `VK_AMD_negative_viewport_height`
appendix (public issue 674).
* Fix parameter descriptions for flink:vkCreateIndirectCommandsLayoutNVX
(public issue 677).
Internal Issues:
* Remove description of <<primsrast-points, rasterization point size>>
being taken from the tessellation control shader, since there are no
circumstances under which you can have TCS without TES (internal issue
* Define <<copies-images-format-size-compatibility, _size-compatible_
image formats>> for flink:vkCmdCopyImage, add it to the glossary, and
use that definition for slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo (internal issue
* Change brief descriptions of enumerant names, and of parameters which
are enumerants, from "`enum *indicates*`" to "`enum *specifies*`" for
consistency, and add a markup style guide rule (internal issue 862).
* Clarify how execution dependencies interact with
<<synchronization-submission-order, submission order>> at numerous
places in the <<renderpass, Render Pass>> and <<synchronization,
Synchronization>> chapters (internal issue 1062).
* Clarify statement in the <<interfaces-resources-setandbinding,
DescriptorSet and Binding Assignment>> section that only interface
variables statically used by the entry point used in a pipeline must be
present in the descriptor set layout (internal issue 1172).
* Flip sparse image diagrams with partially full mip levels vertically, to
match graph origins of other image diagrams (internal issue 1176).
* Update new SVG diagrams to have consistent style and base font size,
increase consistency of primitive topology diagrams, and add a section
to the style guide on creating and editing images in a consistent style
(internal issue 1177).
* Resolve problems with valid usage statement extraction by fixing
existing VUID tags for interfaces promoted to version 1.1 and fixing
conditional directives around
VUID-VkMemoryDedicatedAllocateInfo-image-01797 (internal issue 1184).
* Strip `KHR` suffixes from a few interfaces promoted to Vulkan 1.1 that
were missed previously (internal issue 1185).
* Restrict code:OpImageQuerySizeLod and code:OpImageQueryLevels to only
work on code:Image operands with their code:Sampled operand set to 1. In
other words, these operations are not defined to work with storage
images (internal issue 1193).
* Recycle extension slot for extension #82 in `vk.xml`. This extension was
never published (internal issue 1195).
* Add an issue to the `VK_KHR_maintenance1` appendix noting that zero
height viewports are allowed when this extension is enabled (internal
issue 1202).
* Fix slink:VkDescriptorSetLayoutBinding description so that shader stages
always use descriptor bindings, not the other way around (internal issue
* Fix field name for
(internal issue 1210).
Other Issues:
* Fix a few broken links in the <<versions-1.1, Version 1.1>> appendix.
* Replace a few old refBegin/refEnd tags with open block markup around
interfaces, and remove old KHX VUID tags that were breaking the valid
usage statement extraction.
* Fix error codes accidentally tagged as success codes in `vk.xml` for
* Added valid usage statements for ftext:vkBind*Memory2 input structures
stext:VkBind*MemoryInfo, and fix a pname:image -> pname:buffer typo in a
couple of places.
* Fix swapped descriptions of elink:VkDescriptorType enums
ename:VK_DESCRIPTOR_TYPE_STORAGE_IMAGE (reported via tweet).
New Extensions:
* `VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer`
Change log for March 7, 2018 Vulkan 1.1.70 spec update:
* Vulkan 1.1 initial release. Bump API patch number and header version
number to 70 for this update. The patch number will be used for both
Vulkan 1.1 and Vulkan 1.0 updates, and continues to increment
continuously from the previous Vulkan 1.0.69 update.
NOTE: We are not publishing an updated 1.0.70 specification, or 1.1
reference pages, along with 1.1.70. There are still minor issues to work
out with those build targets. However, we will soon generate all three
types of documents as part of the regular spec update cycle.
NOTE: The GitHub KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Docs repository now maintains the
current specification in the `master` branch. The `1.0` branch is out of
date and will not be maintained, since we will be generating both 1.1
and 1.0 specifications from the `master` branch in the future.
Github Issues:
* Clarify how mapped memory ranges are flushed in
flink:vkFlushMappedMemoryRanges (public issue 127).
* Specify that <<synchronization-pipeline-stages, Pipeline Stages>> are a
list of tasks that each command performs, rather than necessarily being
discrete pieces of hardware that one task flows through. Add a
"`synchronization command`" pipeline type which all synchronization
command execute (it's just TOP + BOTTOM), with an explanatory note
(public issue 554).
Internal Issues:
* Regenerate all images used in the spec in Inkscape with a consistent
look-and-feel, and adjust image size attributes so they're all legible,
and not too large with respect to the spec body text (internal issue
* Document in the <<extensions,extensions>> appendix and in the style
guide that `KHX` extensions are no longer supported or used in the
Vulkan 1.1 timeframe (internal issue 714).
* Remove the leftover equations_temp directory after PDF build completes
(internal issue 925).
* Update the <<credits, Credits (Informative)>> appendix to include
contributors to Vulkan 1.1, and to list them according to the API
version(s) they contributed to (internal issue 987).
* Add a NOTE to the introduction explaining that interfaces defined by
extensions which were promoted to Vulkan 1.1 are now expressed as
aliases of the Vulkan 1.1 type (internal issue 991).
* Instrument spec source conditionals so spec can be built with 1.1
features, extensions promoted to 1.1, or both (internal issues 992,
* Modify the XML schema and tools to support explicit aliasing of types,
structures, and commands, and use this to express the promotion of 1.0
extensions to 1.1 core features, by making the extension interfaces
aliases of the core features they were promoted to. Mark up promoted
interfaces to allow still generating 1.0 + extension specifications
(internal issue 991).
* Platform names, along with corresponding preprocessor symbols to enable
extensions specific to those platforms, are now reserved in vk.xml using
the <platform> tag. Update the registry schema and schema specification
to match (internal issue 1011).
* Updated the <<textures-texel-replacement, Texel Replacement>> section to
clarify that reads from invalid texels for image resources result in
undefined values (internal issue 1014).
* Modify description of patch version so it continues to increment across
minor version changes (internal issue 1033).
* Clarify and unify language describing physical device-level core and
extension functionality in the <<fundamentals-validusage-extensions,
Valid Usage for Extensions>>, <<fundamentals-validusage-versions, Valid
Usage for Newer Core Versions>>, <<initialization-functionpointers
Command Function Pointers>>, <<initialization-phys-dev-extensions,
Extending Physical Device From Device Extensions>>
<<extended-functionality-instance-extensions-and-devices, Instance
Extensions and Device Extensions>> sections and for
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2. This documents that
instance-level functionality is tied to the loader, and independent of
the ICD; physical device-level functionality is tied to the ICD, and
associated with device extensions; physical devices are treated more
uniformly between core and extensions; and instance and physical
versions can be different (internal issue 1048).
* Updated the <<commandbuffers-lifecycle, Command Buffer Lifecycle>>
section to clarify the ability for pending command buffers to transition
to the invalid state after submission, and add a command buffer
lifecycle diagram (internal issue 1050).
* Clarify that some flink:VkDescriptorUpdateTemplateCreateInfo parameters
are ignored when push descriptors are not supported (internal issue
* Specify that flink:vkCreateImage will return an error if the image is
too large, in a NOTE in the slink:VkImageFormatProperties description
(internal issue 1078).
* Remove near-duplicate NOTEs about when to query function pointers
dynamically in the <<initialization, Initialization>> chapter and
replace by extending the NOTE in the <<fundamentals-abi, Application
Binary Interface>> section (internal issue 1085).
* Restore missing references to "`Sparse Resource Features`" in the
flink:VkBufferCreateFlagBits description (internal issue 1086).
* Tidy up definitions of descriptor types in the `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl`
specification, the <<descriptorsets, Resource Descriptors>> section and
its subsections, and the <<interfaces-resources-descset, Descriptor Set
Interface>> for consistency, reduction of duplicate information, and
removal of GLSL correspondance/examples (internal issue 1090).
* Correctly describe code:PrimitiveId as an Input for tessellation control
and evaluation shaders, not an Output (internal issue 1109).
* Relax the requirements on chroma offsets for nearest filtering in
<<textures-implict-reconstruction, Implicit Reconstruction>> (internal
issue 1116).
Other Issues:
* Clarify the intended relationship between specification language and
certain terms defined in the Khronos Intellectual Property Rights
policy. Specific changes include:
** Rewrote IP/Copyright preamble and introduction to better agree with
normative language both as laid out in the introduction, and the
Khronos IPR policy.
** Added notion of fully informative sections, which are now tagged with
"`(Informative)`" in their titles.
** Removed non-normative uses of the phrase "`not required`"
** Clarified the distinction between terms "`optional`" and "`not
required:`" as they relate to the IPR Policy, and updated specification
text to use terms consistent with the intent.
** Reduced additions to RFC 2119, and ensured the specification agreed
with the leaner language.
** Removed the terms "`hardware`", "`software`", "`CPU`", and "`GPU`" from
normative text.
** Moved several paragraphs that should not have been normative to
informative notes.
** Clarified a number of definitions in the Glossary.
** Updated the document writing guide to match new terminology changes.
* Explicitly state in the <<fundamentals-objectmodel-lifetime-acquire,
application memory lifetime>> language that for objects other than
descriptor sets, a slink:VkDescriptorSetLayout object used in the
creation of another object (such as slink:VkPipelineLayout or
slink:VkDescriptorUpdateTemplateKHR) is only in use during the creation
of that object and can be safely destroyed afterwards.
* Updated the <<textures-scale-factor, Scale Factor Operation>> section to
use the ratio of anisotropy, rather than the integer sample rate, to
perform the LOD calculation. The spec still allows use of the sample
rate as the value used to calculate the LOD, but no longer requires it.
* Update `vulkan_ext.c` to include all platform-related definitions from
the Vulkan platform headers, following the split of the headers into
platform-specific and non-platform-specific files.
* Fix bogus anchor name in the <<commandbuffers, Command Buffers>> chapter
which accidentally duplicated an anchor in the pipelines chapter. There
were no reference to this anchor, fortunately.
* Add valid usage statement for slink:VkWriteDescriptorSet and
slink:VkCopyDescriptorSet requiring that the slink:VkDescriptorSetLayout
used to allocate the source and destination sets must not have been
destroyed at the time flink:vkUpdateDescriptorSets is called.
* Document mapping of subgroup barrier functions to SPIR-V, and clarify a
place where subgroupBarrier sounds like it's execution-only in the
standalone `GL_KHR_shader_subgroup` specification.
* Use an HTML stylesheet derived from the Asciidoctor `colony` theme, with
the default Arial font family replaced by the sans-serif Noto font
* Numerous minor updates to README.adoc, build scripts, Makefiles, and
registry and style guide specifications to support Vulkan 1.1 outputs,
use them as defaults, and remove mention of `KHX` extensions, which are
no longer supported.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_vertex_attrib_divisor`
Change log for February 19, 2018 Vulkan 1.0.69 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 69 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Clean up description of synchronization for flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR
(public issue 626).
* Move valid usage statements requiring offset and extent to respect image
transfer granularity requirements of the queue family they are submitted
against from slink:VkImageCopy and slink:VkBufferImageCopy to the
corresponding flink:vkCmdCopyImage, flink:vkCmdCopyBufferToImage, and
flink:vkCmdCopyImageToBuffer commands, where are relevant information is
known (public issue 654).
* Clarify that flink:vkGetDeviceProcAddr only supports device-level
commands (public issue 655).
Internal Issues:
* Associate each elink:VkDescriptorType with a type of descriptor, and
link to descriptions of those types (internal issue 860).
* Rework valid usage extraction script to better utilize and respond to
spec markup, and fix some spec markup accordingly (internal issues 846,
909, 945).
* Rephrase flink:vkCmdPushConstants valid usage to allow overlapping push
constant ranges in different shader stages (internal issue 1103).
* Fix problem with diff_html target in extension.rb (internal issue 1104).
* Modify valid usage statements for slink:VkClearDepthStencilValue,
slink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo, slink:VkViewport, and
flink:vkCmdSetDepthBounds, and the description of vkCmdSetDepthBias, to
clarify that clamping is applied if and only if the
`VK_EXT_depth_range_unrestricted` is not enabled (internal issue 1124),
in versions of the specification built with that extension included.
* Resolve contradictions and use of undefined "`per-sample shading`" term
in the <<primsrast-sampleshading, Sample Shading>> and
<<shaders-fragment-execution, Fragment Shader Execution>> sections; for
the <<features-features-sampleRateShading, sampleRateShading feature>>;
for code:FragCoord, code:SampleId, and code:SamplePosition; and for
slink:sname:VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo (internal issue 1134).
* Clarify the meaning of the ptext:maxDescriptorSet* limits in footnote 8
of the <<features-limits-required,Required Limits>> table (internal
issue 1139).
* Fix broken NOTE markup in slink:VkSamplerCreateInfo.txt (internal issue
* Remove extend comparison language from valid usage statement for
slink:VkImageCreateInfo, turning it into a simple validation of
pname:mipLevels against pname:maxMipLevels (internal issue 1151).
* Update valid usage statements for slink:VkImageCopy when the
`VK_KHR_maintenance1` extension is enabled to allow multi-slice 2D <->
3D copies when the pnaem:extent.depth parameter specifies the number of
layers being copied, and matches the
slink:VkImageSubresourceLayers.layerCount of the 2D image (internal
issue 1152).
* Rephrase memory / control barrier rules in the
<<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>> section
to avoid "`not use none`", which could be misconstrued to allow no
synchronization semantics, and only storage class semantics (internal
issue 1154).
Other Issues:
* Move GLSL extension specifications to the KhronosGroup/GLSL repository
on Github.
* Add missing description of ename:VK_FILTER_CUBIC_IMG enum to
* Update description of code:PrimitiveId in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-In Variables>> section to clarify
its behavior.
* Disallow disjoint images from being used with dedicated-memory images in
* Update README to suggest older versions of "mathematical" and
"ruby-gems" packages for use on Cygwin.
* Fix typos
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_buffer_marker`
Change log for January 15, 2018 Vulkan 1.0.68 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 68 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Added more details in the
<<extended-functionality-extensions-compatibility, Extension
Compatibility>> section, allowing explicit incompatibilities, and
simplify corresponding language in the style guide, which now defers to
the API Specification on this point (public issue 638).
* Fix typo in description of slink:VkCommandBufferLevel::pname:level
(public issue 651).
* Only include extension-dependent valid usage statement for
slink:VkImageSubresourceRange, and note that the extension names for
header files described in the <<boilerplate-wsi-header, Window
System-Specific Header Control>> section are only valid links, when the
specification being viewed is built with the corresponding extensions
enabled (public issue 652).
Internal Issues:
* Add language to elink:VkResult specifying that when commands return an
error, output parameter contents are undefined instead of unmodified
(except for pname:sType and pname:pNext). Note that this is a behavior
change. Add notes calling out slink:VkImageFormatProperties as an
exception (internal issue 1118).
* Add "`general-purpose`" to the style guide, and correct existing uses of
"`general purpose`" as an adjective (internal issue 1121).
for the `VK_EXT_validation_cache` extension, following the same naming
pattern as other tokens in the extension, but keep the old
backwards compatibility (internal issue 1126).
Other Issues:
* Specify that flink:vkCmdSetDiscardRectangleEXT does not affect copies or
clears, matching existing language for the scissor rectangle test.
* Move the <<boilerplate-sType, pname:sType>> definition from the
boilerplate appendix to the Fundamentals chapter, putting it together
with the valid usage of pname:sType rather than having the definition
split across two places.
* Inline all of the etext:Vk*Flags definitions, moving each one from the
boilerplate appendix to appear either after the corresponding
etext:Vk*FlagBits value if one is defined, or after the first structure
that includes them if not.
Change log for January 5, 2018 Vulkan 1.0.67 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 67 for this update.
* Update copyright dates to 2018
Github Issues:
* Fix texture lookup functions in `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` specification
(public pull request 363).
* Clarify the state waited semaphores are left in when a call to
flink:vkQueuePresentKHR fails (public issue 572).
* Cleanup descriptions of slink:VkObjectTablePushConstantEntryNVX and
slink:VkObjectTableDescriptorSetEntryNVX (public issue 583)
* Remove redundant flink:vkCmdSetDiscardRectangleEXT valid usage
statements (public pull 586).
* Make dynamic state array length valid usage statements implicit for
flink:vkCmdSetViewportWScalingNV, flink:vkCmdSetDiscardRectangleEXT, and
flink:vkCmdSetViewport (public pull 589).
* Clarify meaning of window extent (0,0) in slink:VkSwapchainKHR for the
Windows and X11 platforms, in their respective extensions (public issue
* Allow flink:vkGetPastPresentationTimingGOOGLE to return
ename:VK_INCOMPLETE (public issue 604).
* Add synchronization valid usage statements to flink:vkAcquireNextImage
(public pull 611).
* Fix some broken external links and internal xrefs (public pull 613).
* Clean up slink:VkViewport valid usage statements in the presence or
absence of relevant extensions (public pull 623).
* Remove
token from VK_KHR_maintenance2 from the non-extension VU path for
slink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo (public issue 628).
* Miscellaneous minor markup fixes - extension name strings (public pull
631), Notes (pull 633), queue names emitted by generator scripts (pull
634), block formatting in slink:VkDescriptorUpdateTemplateEntryKHR (pull
641), quotes and apostrophes (pull 643),
* Miscellaneous minor grammar fixes (public pull 644).
* Fix markup macros so usage like ptext:*Src* works (public pull 647).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify in the `VK_KHR_surface` and `VK_KHR_swapchain` extensions that
parameter combinations which aren't supported for normal images are also
unsupported for presentable images, even if the parameter values are
individually supported as reported by the surface capability queries
(internal issue 1029).
* Fixed XML typo in the valid value field of the pname:sType member of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceExternalMemoryHostPropertiesEXT (internal issue
Other Issues:
* Add memory semantics validity rules to the <<spirvenv-module-validation,
Validation Rules within a Module>> section of the SPIR-V environment
appendix, and specify that sequentiality consistency is not supported.
This forbids certain cases like "`Load+Release`" that we don't expect to
ever be meaningful.
* Document mapping of OpenGL Shading Language barriers to SPIR-V scope and
semantics in the `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` specification.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_conservative_rasterization`
Change log for November 27, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.66 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 66 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Clarified how and when ename:VK_ERROR_TOO_MANY_OBJECTS is generated in
flink:vkAllocate Memory, and remove incorrect valid usage statement
about exceeding the API limit (public issue 356).
* Minor clarification of the description of
(public issue 564).
* Minor fixes for flink:vkCmdSetViewportWScalingNV (public pull request
* Fix random name markup issues (public pull request 603).
* Fix code:BuiltIn decoration typo in the <<fxvertex-attrib, Vertex
Attributes>> section (public pull request 606).
* Fix synchronization language following the definition of
flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR (public issue 607).
* Restore descriptions of several commands and structures missing from the
generated spec due to a mistyped asciidoctor conditional (public issue
* Fix 1.0.41 changelog to refer to public issues 403/404 (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Refactor valid usage statements with internal conditionals in
`copies.txt`, `pipelines.txt`, `renderpass.txt`, and `resources.txt` so
each branch of the conditional appears as a standalone statement which
can contain a separate VUID. This should have no impact on the generated
specs, but is necessary given the present state of the VU extractor and
the validation layer code that consumes them (internal issue 1043).
* Fix VkQueueGlobalPriorityEXT enum values missing _EXT suffix (internal
issue 1045).
* Clarified initial ownership of resources bound to shared memory objects,
(internal issue 1068).
* Fix duplicated valid usage ID tag for flink:vkCmdCopyImage, and make the
required layouts include ename:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT_TRANSFER_SRC_OPTIMAL in
both cases (internal issue 1084).
Other Issues:
* Remove the noise functions from GLSL for SPIR-V for Vulkan in the
`GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl.txt` extension.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_external_memory_host`
* `VK_EXT_external_memory_dma_buf`
* `VK_EXT_queue_family_foreign`
Change log for October 27, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.65 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 65 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Replaced inaccurate "`pixel`" with "`texel`" or "`compressed texel
block`" as appropriate in the <<sparsememory, Sparse Resources>> chapter
(public issue 86).
* Attempt to clarify security/integrity guarantees in the
<<fundamentals-errors, Errors>> section (public issue 147).
* Update the <<memory-device,Device Memory>> section with clarifications
and markup fixes (public pull request 194).
* Fix typo VkDeviceCreateInfo -> slink:VkDebugMarkerObjectNameInfoEXT in
sample code for `VK_EXT_debug_marker` extension (public pull request
* Clarified slink:VkFramebufferCreateInfo language regarding concurrent
use of attachment resources during a render pass instance (public issue
* Added overlap rules for destination regions in <<copies,copy commands>>.
Also unified the sparse and non-sparse source-destination overlap rules,
since the non-sparse rules were technically inaccurate in the face of
aliasing in flink:vkBindMemory2 - the new rules are true regardless
(public issue 317).
* Clarified the <<features-features-samplerAnisotropy,
pname:samplerAnisotropy feature>> to only affect the
slink:VkSamplerCreateInfo::pname:anisotropyEnable value, and that
pname:maxAnisotropy is ignored when pname:anisotropyEnable is VK_FALSE
(public issue 503).
* Clarify pointer valid usage statements to use "`valid pointer to valid
_object_`" terminology and update the
<<fundamentals-validusage-pointers,Valid Usage for Pointers>> section
accordingly (public pull request 547).
* Some operations that use integer coordinates can also accept a LOD to
sample from. Add a description of that selection and the validity
conditions in the new <<textures-integer-coordinate-operations, Integer
Texel Coordinate Operations>> section (public issue 548).
* Update stext:VkImageSubresource* valid usage statements (public pull
request 550).
* Added text tying ename:VK_OUT_OF_POOL_MEMORY error for
flink:vkAllocateDescriptorSets to the number of descriptor types in the
allocating pool. Removed redundant "`length`" text about number of
descriptors returned (public issue 582).
* Update slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR descriptions (public pull request
* Update slink:VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV and related
structures' valid usage statements (public pull request 587).
* Change some dates to conform to ISO 8601 as specified in the style guide
(public pull request 601).
* Fix some math markup problems and be more consistent in use of asciidoc
math markup (public pull request 602).
Internal Issues:
* Clarified that attribute reads from incomplete vertex buffer elements
are considered out of bounds accesses, in the
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceFeatures and flink:vkCmdBindVertexBuffers.txt
sections (internal issue 842).
Change log for October 20, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.64 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 64 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add chapter name to the PDF page footer (public pull request 458).
* Fix several mistaken references to the nonexistent etext:VK_DEVICE_LOST
status to etext:VK_ERROR_DEVICE_LOST (public pull request 502).
* Fix description of the tlink:PFN_vkDebugReportCallbackEXT debug report
callback function pointer to match the validation layer behavior (public
issue 534).
* Document experimental KHX extensions and alternate vendor author IDs
also ending in X in more detail in the <<extensions, Layers &
Extensions>> appendix, the extensions section of the style guide, and
the registry schema description document (public issues 536, 580).
* Fix references to ptext:pDepthStencil to properly refer to
pname:pDepthStencilState or pname:pRasterizationState as appropriate in
the slink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo description (public issue 542).
* Fix wrong parameter name in slink:VkPipelineMultisampleStateCreateInfo
valid usage (public pull request 571).
Internal Issues:
* Update the style guide to describe how to write LaTeX math expressions
in table cells (internal issue 908).
* Define how framebuffer-local dependencies work between subpasses with
the same or different numbers of samples, in the
slink:VkSubpassDescription and <<synchronization-framebuffer-regions,
Framebuffer Region Dependencies>> sections. This clarifies which samples
in an input attachment you are allowed to access after a
framebuffer-local dependency (internal issue 915).
* Specify which storage classes can have an initializer in the
<<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>> section
(internal issue 1023).
* Use "LOD" consistently for "level-of-detail", to eliminate spelling
inconsistencies. The term is already standardized in the Glossary
(internal issue 1027).
Other Issues:
* Fix false positives in Makefile dependencies when rules fail, by
deleting partially-made targets.
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_shader_info`
Change log for October 13, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.63 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 63 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add missing valid usage statements for ptext:maxDescriptorSets*,
ptext:maxPerStageDescriptorInputAttachments, and
ptext:maxPerStageResources to slink:VkPipelineLayoutCreateInfo.txt,
flink:VkComputePipelineCreateInfo, and
flink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo (public issue 546).
* Fix typos in ftext:vkCmdDraw*AMD descriptions (public pull request 549).
* Fixed flink:vkCmdWriteTimestamp so it is not unnecessarily restricted to
queues supporting graphics or compute operations (public issue 558).
* Improvements to valid usage generator for output `*Flags` pointer
parameters and for some `void *` parameters (public pull requests 560,
* Document `altlen` attribute in XML schema as valid C99 syntax and tweak
`vk.xml` to match (public pull request 566).
* Clarify when pname:fence is signaled by flink:vkQueueSubmit in a more
obvious place (public issue 577).
Internal Issues:
* Specify a whitelist of supported SPIR-V Storage Classes in the
<<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>>
appendix (internal SPIR-V issue 166).
* Relax the shared semaphore wait timeout requirement in the
<<synchronization-semaphores-importing, Importing Semaphore Payloads>>
section (internal issue 820).
* Update the <<textures-image-level-selection, Image Level(s) Selection>>
equations so that the parameters returned by the level-of-detail query
appear explicitly, also fixing the issue that linear filtering would
select a level below the base level for magnification (internal issue
* Disallow creation of a swapchain with zero pname:imageExtent in
slink:VkSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR and slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR
(internal issue 1020).
Other Issues:
* Clarify in <<textures-operation-validation,Image View Validation>> that
the layout of subresources in an image view must have a layout that
matches that written into the descriptor, and that this section is about
validating image views, not images.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_global_priority`
Change log for October 6, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.62 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 62 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Move asciidoc conditionals for `VK_KHR_maintenance1` in
slink:VkDescriptorSetAllocateInfo so valid usage statements for
`VK_KHR_push_descriptor` aren't accidentally removed when the first
extension isn't enabled (public issue 573).
Internal Issues:
* Specify constraints on concurrent access to fences that share payload in
the <<synchronization-fences-importing, Importing Fence Payloads>> and
<<synchronization-semaphores-waiting-state, Semaphore State Requirements
For Wait Operations>> sections (internal issue 820).
* Define the term "`retired swapchain`", reorganize some swapchain
language, and improve language for pname:oldSwapchain in
flink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR, the <<swapchain-wsi-image-create-info>>
table, flink:vkDestroySwapchainKHR, and flink:vkAcquireNextImage2KHX
(internal issue 869).
* Describe in the <<writing-arrays, Describing Properties of Array
Elements>> section of the style guide how and when to use "`each`" and
"`any`" to refer to properties of array elements, and make those uses in
the specification consistent (internal issue 884).
* Clarified that events cannot be used for cross-queue synchronization in
the <<synchronization-events, Events>> section and for
flink:vkCmdWaitEvents (internal issue 970).
* Add success and error codes to +vk.xml+ for
flink:vkCreateValidationCacheEXT (internal issue 995).
* Clarify aspect mask usage for image memory barriers of multi-plane
images in slink:VkImageSubresourceRange, slink:VkImageMemoryBarrier, and
the <<textures-layout-validation, Layout Validation>> section (internal
issue 996).
Other Issues:
* Fixed typo in flink:VkRenderPassSampleLocationsBeginInfoEXT (renamed
field pname:pSubpassSampleLocations to
* Add missing buffer usage requirements for indirect draws in
flink:vkCmdDrawIndirect, flink:vkCmdDrawIndirectCountAMD,
flink:vkCmdDrawIndexedIndirect, and
* Modify Makefile to allow specification to build in git "`detached HEAD`"
* Update valid usage ID generation script to allow recursively operating
on all `.txt` files in a specified directory, and move the `startVUID`
tracking information into a separate python file that is automatically
updated by the script.
* Fixed errors in API example code for
flink:vkUpdateDescriptorSetWithTemplateKHR and
New Extensions:
* Add +vk.xml+ entries for pending `VK_ANDROID_native_buffer` extension
(note, this extension is not yet enabled).
* `VK_AMD_shader_image_load_store_lod`
Change log for September 15, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.61 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 61 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Provide alternate length attributes (altlen=) in the XML schema, for
those using length attributes to generate code instead of documentation
(public issue 555).
* Fix erroneous references to `latex:` being used for asciidoc math
markup, rather than `latexmath:` (public pull request 556).
* Add author ID to XML for Kazan software renderer (public pull request
Internal Issues:
* Add the <<fundamentals-abi,Application Binary Interface>> section
describing platform ABI requirements and recommendations, add examples
of function and function pointer declarations to the
<<boilerplate-platform-specific-calling-conventions, Platform-Specific
Calling Conventions>> section, and remove related language that existed
elsewhere in the specification (internal issue 64).
* Describe where to document valid usage interactions of chained
structures in the style guide, and fix one case now appearing in
slink:VkBufferCreateInfo instead of the child
slink:VkDedicatedAllocationBufferCreateInfoNV structure (internal issue
* Add example to the style guide of describing enumerated types which are
empty when the spec is built without relevant extensions enabled, and
apply it to existing examples for
elink:VkDescriptorSetLayoutCreateFlagBits and
elink:VkSubpassDescriptionFlagBits (internal issue 864).
* Add a note to the <<fundamentals-validusage-enums, Valid Usage for
Enumerated Types>> section that the special values suffixed with
etext:_BEGIN_RANGE, etext:_END_RANGE, etext:_RANGE_SIZE and
etext:_MAX_ENUM are not part of the API and should: not be used by
applications (internal issue 872).
* Added note to flink:vkCmdUpdateBuffers explaining the performance
penalty for copies done in this way, and why the upper copy limit is
what it is (internal issue 952).
* Update `VK_KHX_device_group` to split some functionality into the new
`VK_KHR_bind_memory2` extension, and rename that functionality (internal
issue 969).
* Remove *Status* fields from extension appendices, since they are by
definition published and complete by the time they reach the public
github repository (internal issue 973).
Other Issues:
* Update Data Format specification dependency to version 1.2 and change
references to DF sections accordingly.
* Update XML to make the pname:pAllocator parameter of
flink:vkRegisterDeviceEventEXT and flink:vkRegisterDisplayEventEXT in
the `VK_EXT_display_control` extension as optional.
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_bind_memory2`
* `VK_KHR_image_format_list`
* `VK_KHR_maintenance2`
* `VK_KHR_sampler_ycbcr_conversion`
Change log for September 5, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.60 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 60 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Document that <<queries-timestamps, Timestamp Queries>> can only be
meaningfully compared when they are written from the same queue (public
issue 216).
* Document that the `<extension>` tag `type` attribute is required for
non-disabled extensions (derived from, but does not close public issue
* Clean up registry schema length attribute descriptions to be consistent
and correct (public issue 555).
Internal Issues:
* Replace as much of the hand-written extension appendix metadata as
possible with asciidoc includes generated from corresponding attributes
of +vk.xml+, and enhance the style guide to match. This avoids
inconsistencies between +vk.xml+ and the appendices, and produces a more
uniform style (internal issue 137).
* Remove the generated extDependency.{py,sh} files from the tree and
create them dynamically on demand instead, reducing merge conflicts
(internal issue 713).
* Add a prototype tool for generating in-place difference markup for
sections guarded by asciidoc conditionals, and new syntax for open
blocks to support it (internal issue 833).
* Remove unnecessary restriction of etext:*SYNC_FD_BIT_KHR external handle
types to the same physical device in the
slink:VkImportFenceWin32HandleInfoKHR, slink:VkImportFenceFdInfoKHR,
<<external-memory-handle-types-compatibility, External memory handle
types compatibility>>, <<external-semaphore-handle-types-compatibility,
External semaphore handle types compatibility>>, and
<<external-fence-handle-types-compatibility, External fence handle types
compatibility>> sections (internal issue 956).
Other Issues:
* Remove dependency of +VK_KHX_device_group+ on +VK_KHR_swapchain+ (there
is an interaction, but not a strict dependency), and add a new
`extension` attribute to the `<require` XML tag to allow classifying a
subset of interfaces of an extension as requiring another extension.
Update the registry schema and documentation accordingly.
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_shader_fragment_mask` (and related `GL_AMD_shader_fragment_mask`
GLSL extension)
* `VK_EXT_sample_locations`
* `VK_EXT_validation_cache`
Change log for August 19, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.59 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 59 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix a few missing Implicit Valid Usage statements to indicate that a
common parent of two objects is required (public issue 497).
* Clarify render pass synchronization language for
slink:VkSubpassDependency and \<\<renderpass,render passes>> (public
issue 531).
add an alias for backwards compatibility (public issue 539).
Internal Issues:
* Add an explanation to the \<\<interfaces-builtin-variables-layer,
code:Layer>> description explaining that writing to invalid layers
results may or may not result in primitives being processed and fragment
shaders being run, and gives undefined results in the framebuffer
(internal issue 614)
* Add valid usage statement for slink:VkDescriptorSetLayoutBinding
requiring that input attachment descriptor bindings must not use
non-fragment stages (internal issue 933).
Other Issues:
* Makes description of pname:loadOp and pname:storeOp easier to read in
the \<\<renderpass-load-store-ops>> section.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_shader_stencil_export`
Change log for August 14, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.58 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 58 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Update the <<interfaces-resources-descset,Descriptor Set Interface>>
section to allow multiple variables with the same descriptor set/binding
decorations, and require that all variables that are statically used
must be consistent with the pipeline layout. Allow
and sampler variables (public issues 522, 524).
Internal Issues:
* Replace networkx package used for extension dependency generation with a
homegrown network dependency traverser (internal issue 713).
* Specify in the <<interfaces-fragmentoutput, Fragment Output Interface>>
section that if a fragment shader writes integers that cannot be
represented in the format of the colour attachment, then the result is
undefined (internal issue 893).
* Separate malformed valid usage statement for
slink:VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo into two (internal issue
* Fix cases where the term 'pNext chain' is incorrectly used in reference
to functions, rather than their parameters. Replace 'pNext list' with
'pNext chain'. Fixed typo in the example code of
+VK_KHR_dedicated_allocation+ (internal issue 944).
* Fix typo in elink:VkExternalSemaphoreHandleTypeFlagBitsKHR enum
descriptions, replacing
description more consistent with
Other Issues:
* Clarify how pipeline stage masks affect
<<synchronization-pipeline-stages-masks, access and synchronization
* Clarify that dedicated allocations do not allow aliasing in the
flink:vkBindBufferMemory and flink:vkBindImageMemory valid usage
* Correct specification of pname:dynamicCount for push_constant token in
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_shader_viewport_index_layer`
Change log for August 1, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.57 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 57 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix error in description of ename:VK_FORMAT_ETC2_R8G8B8A8_SRGB_BLOCK
block size (public issue 342).
* Update documentation of ename:VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_ALLOW_DERIVATIVES_BIT
to explicitly mention both graphics and compute pipelines (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Document that
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::pname:framebufferColorSampleCounts does
not cover integer formats (internal issue 550).
* Add a note under slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo describing how values meant
for one format can be sanitized when used via another format (internal
issue 927).
* Add valid usage statements to ftext:vkCmd* documenting that image
subresources used as attachments must not be accessed as non-attachments
in a render pass (internal issue 929).
* Remove obsolete 'validextensionstructs' attribute from +vk.xml+, the XML
schema, and the schema documentation (internal issue 946).
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_mixed_attachment_samples`
* `VK_EXT_post_depth_coverage`
* `VK_KHR_relaxed_block_layout`
Change log for July 21, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.56 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 56 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add valid usage statements for commands introduced by
`VK_EXT_debug_report` and `VK_EXT_debug_marker` extensions, regarding
the valid pname:object and pname:objectType values (public issue 495).
* Modify `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` specification to document that uniform and
buffer block arrays each take only a single binding (public issue 514).
* Add `KHX` author tag to +vk.xml+ (public issue 526).
Internal Issues:
* Document use of code: macro for non-Vulkan APIs in the style guide
(internal issue 863).
* Document that reference page open block delimiters must not contain
asciidoc section markup in the style guide (internal issue 898).
* Fix <<spirvenv,SPIR-V appendix>> to say
code:VariablePointersStorageBuffer instead of
code:VariablePointersUniformBufferBlock (internal issue 928).
Other Commits:
* Add missing extension structures to dependency attributes in +vk.xml+.
New Extenions:
* `VK_EXT_depth_range_unrestricted`
Change log for July 15, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.55 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 55 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Removed unintended optional parameter in +vk.xml+ from the
pname:pWaitSemaphores member of slink:VkPresentInfoKHR, which resulted
in the generation of an incorrect implicit valid usage clause allowing
pname:pWaitSemaphores to be NULL even when pname:waitSemaphoreCount is
non-zero (public issue 491).
* Add missing attribute to +vk.xml+ documenting that
slink:VkSwapchainCounterCreateInfoEXT extends
slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfo (public issue 510).
* Add const qualifier for some `VK_EXT_debug_market` extension command
parameters that were missing it (public issue 513).
* Fix definition of q and level~base~ in
<<textures-image-level-selection,Image Level(s) Selection>> (public
issue 515).
* Clarify lifetime requirement for slink:VkRenderPass objects used in
object creation (public issue 516).
* Fix link to floating/normalized fixed-point conversion from
<<interfaces-fragmentoutput,Fragment Output Interface>> (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Update the style guide to include the general structure of a Vulkan
command name, the specific rule for using "`Get`" vs. "`Enumerate`" in
names, and a table of verbs commonly used in command names (spinoff of
internal issue 753).
* Clarified the behavior of automatic layout transitions in case of
attachment views that are 2D or 2D array views of 3D images. In
addition, restructured the valid usage clauses corresponding to the
members of the slink:VkImageSubresourceRange structure and added missing
valid usage clauses for its pname:baseMipLevel and pname:baseArrayLayer
members (internal issues 803, 849).
* Modify `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` specification to allow explicit std430 on a
push_constant declaration (internal issue 919).
Other Commits:
* Modify <<synchronization-framebuffer-regions, Framebuffer Region
Dependencies>> to use synchronization scope terminology.
`VK_EXT_swapchain_colorspace` extension.
* Replace XML comments with `comment` attributes and/or tags, to enable
tools which transform the XML without loss of information.
* Replace `validextensionstructs` with `structextends`, which is tagged in
the child structure instead of the parent. This makes it slightly
simpler to add new structs to the XML, causes fewer merge conflicts, and
the information is kept localized to the extension structures where it
belongs. The old `validextensionstructs` attributes will be retained
until we're certain this doesn't cause problems with known consumers of
Change log for July 13, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.54 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 54 for this update.
Github Issues:
Internal Issues:
* Fix tessellation domain to have an upper-left origin in the
<<img-tessellation-topology-ul, tessellation toplogy image>> and related
language. CTS and all implementations were already doing this, it was
just a documentation bug that it was flipped to lower-left (internal
issue 603).
* Add a section to the style guide describing how VUID tags are changed
and removed when the corresponding Valid Usage statements are modified
(internal issue 829).
* Add explicit Valid Usage statement to
slink:VkPipelineDynamicStateCreateInfo to require that members of
pname:pDynamicStates must be unique (internal issue 851).
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_16bit_storage`
* `VK_KHR_dedicated_allocation`
* `VK_KHR_external_fence`
* `VK_KHR_external_fence_capabilities`
* `VK_KHR_external_fence_fd`
* `VK_KHR_external_fence_win32`
* `VK_KHR_get_memory_requirements2`
* `VK_KHR_storage_buffer_storage_class`
* `VK_KHR_variable_pointers`
Extensions Promoted From KHX To KHR Status:
* `VK_KHR_external_memory`
* `VK_KHR_external_memory_capabilities`
* `VK_KHR_external_memory_fd`
* `VK_KHR_external_memory_win32`
* `VK_KHR_external_semaphore`
* `VK_KHR_external_semaphore_capabilities`
* `VK_KHR_external_semaphore_fd`
* `VK_KHR_external_semaphore_win32`
* `VK_KHR_win32_keyed_mutex`
Change log for June 24, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.53 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 53 for this update.
Github Issues:
Internal Issues:
* Clarify mappings of coordinates for mutable, compatible image views in
slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo (internal issue 815).
* Make ename:VK_BIND_SFR_BIT require a logical device with multiple
physical devices, so that standard sparse image block dimensions are
only required on systems that support multi-GPU (internal issue 835).
* Convert all files from use of // refBegin .. // refEnd comments to
delimit ref pages, to use of open blocks, and update style guide
accordingly (internal issue 839).
* Add valid usage for slink:VkWriteDescriptorSet when performing updates
to a ename:VK_STORAGE_IMAGE descriptor with layout
* Add a hack to the validity generator script to support an odd
interaction between flink:vkCmdFillBuffer and an extension (internal
issue 853).
* Remove redundant text describing slink:VkBufferCreateInfo::pname:usage,
which was already covered by implicit valid usage (internal issue 854).
* Update implicit validity generator script to properly handle the
pname:sType and pname:pNext members of "returnedonly" structures
(internal issue 874).
* Note that slink:VkApplicationInfo::pname:pApplicationName &
slink:VkApplicationInfo::pname:pEngineName are optional, and add missing
implicit valid usage statements for flink:vkDestroyInstance.
* Added missing valid usage for flink:vkCmdWriteTimestamp to require a
timestamp query pool.
* Simplify and/or split "`non-atomic`" valid usage statements.
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16`
* `VK_EXT_blend_operation_advanced`
* `VK_EXT_sampler_filter_minmax`
* `VK_NV_framebuffer_mixed_samples`
Change log for June 13, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.52 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 52 for this update.
Github Issues:
Internal Issues:
* Clarify behavior when non-coherent memory has
<<memory-device-unmap-does-not-flush, not been flushed before being
unmapped>> (internal issue 819).
* Fix description of code:WorkgroupSize builtin to note it decorates an
object, not a variable (internal issue 836).
* Fix asciidoc attributes so that trailing '{plus}' symbols in [eq] style
equations are rendered properly (internal issue 845).
* Add language to the "`Extension Handles, Objects, Enums, and Typedefs`"
section of the Procedures and Conventions document stating that any new
handle type requires a corresponding entry in the elink:VkObjectType
enumerated type (internal issue 856).
* Update style guide to use slink macro for Vulkan handle type names, and
define narrow conditions under which to use the *name and *text macros
instead of *link (internal issue 886).
* Add a dependency of the <<VK_KHX_device_group,VK_KHX_device_group>>
extension on VK_KHX_device_group_creation to +vk.xml+ and the extension
* Change the copyright on Vulkan specification asciidoc *source* files to
CC-BY 4.0, and update the proprietary Khronos copyright applied to the
generated *output* formats (internal issue 327). This enables broader
re-use and modification of the Vulkan specification sources, while not
affecting the Reciprocal IP License between Vulkan Adopters and Working
Group Members.
New Extensions:
* `VK_NV_fill_rectangle`
* `VK_NV_fragment_coverage_to_color`
Change log for June 4, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.51 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 51 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add Valid Usage statement to flink:vkCmdResolveImage to require that
source and destination image formats match (public issue 492).
* Specify that a code:char* parameter must: be a valid null-terminated
string in the <<fundamentals-implicit-validity, implicit valid usage>>
section (public issue 494).
* Removed unnecessary VU for slink:VkPhysicalDeviceFeatures which is
covered by ename:VK_ERROR_FEATURE_NOT_PRESENT already (public issue
* Clarify valid usage of pname:pQueueFamilyIndices in
slink:VkBufferCreateInfo, slink:VkImageCreateInfo, and
slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfoKHR (public issue 501).
* Document that dependencies of enabled extensions must also be enabled in
the <<extended-functionality-extensions-dependencies, Extension
Dependencies>> section (public issue 507).
Internal Issues:
* Change slink:VkMappedMemoryRange valid usage to allow pname:offset +
pname:size == size of the allocation. Also, if ename:VK_WHOLE_SIZE is
used, require the end of the mapping to be aligned to a multiple of
pname:nonCoherentAtomSize (internal issue 611).
* Add issue to `VK_KHR_win32_surface` about reusing window objects from a
different graphics API or Vulkan ICD (internal issue 639).
* Require locations on user in/out in `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` (internal issue
* Added version info to the json validation output, and updated the schema
to match (internal issue 838).
* Restructure enumerated type descriptions separately from the command or
structure they are used in, allowing better reference page generation
(internal issue 841).
* Re-sort extension appendices to be in alphabetical order within each
author ID section.
* Fix enum naming and clarify behavior for
`VK_NVX_device_generated_commands` extension.
Change log for May 20, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.50 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 50 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix numerous minor issues with the VK_EXT_debug_report extension (public
issues 478, 483, 486, 489, 490).
Internal Issues:
* Update flink:vkAllocateDescriptorSets to specify conditions under which
to return ename:VK_ERROR_FRAGMENTED_POOL or
ename:VK_ERROR_OUT_OF_POOL_MEMORY instead of
out-of-host/out-of-device-memory, and improve the
<<fundamentals-errorcodes, description of those errors (internal issue
* Add a NOTE documenting that flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR can only signal
a single semaphore, and how to deal with that when multiple physical
devices in a logical device need to wait on it (internal issue 730).
* Improve description of pname:pNext chains of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceImageFormatInfo2KHR and
slink:VkImageFormatProperties2KHR (internal issue 814).
* Clean up math markup issues in the <<textures, Image Operations>>
chapter (internal issue 818).
* Update validusage target to use more robust code for preprocessing, by
making direct use of Asciidoctor's preprocessor. Added uniqueItems check
to JSON vu schema and add clean_validusage target (internal issue 826).
* Update style guide to prohibit writing non-self-contained (on a single
bullet point) Valid Usage statements, and modify offending Valid Usage
statements in the Specification to match, to assist with automatic
extraction for the validation layers (internal issue 828).
* Add ename:VK_VALIDATION_CHECK_SHADERS_EXT to elink:VkValidationCheckEXT
of the `VK_EXT_validation_flags` extension, to selectively disable
shader validation.
* Remove duplicate valid usage statement for slink:VkImageMemoryBarrier.
* Modify script to place VUID tag anchors standalone on a line
following their corresponding bullet point, and reflow the spec text
accordingly (this had been pending since the initial tag deployment).
New Extensions:
* `VK_AMD_texture_gather_bias_lod`
Change log for May 12, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.49 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 49 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Modify reference page extraction script to make internal links to spec
anchors refer to the core specification instead of being dangling links
(public issue 455).
* Fix GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl typo and add a nor-normative mapping to the newly
published StorageBuffer class (public issue 466).
* Both flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties and
flink:vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties return
ename:VK_ERROR_LAYER_NOT_PRESENT, which covers the error case of an
application providing a layer name that wasn't returned by
ftext:vkEnumerate{Instance|Device}LayerProperties (public issue 487).
* The specification for flink:VkApplicationInfo::apiVersion says that the
driver must return ename:VK_ERROR_INCOMPATIBLE_DRIVER in the case that
pname:apiVersion specifies a non-supported version. That means that the
valid usage should not also state that, and so the VU statement is
removed. The VU had language about "`an effective substitute`" that
would have been lost, and so it was moved to the pname:apiVersion
description (public issue 488).
Internal Issues:
* Modify implicit validity generator script to assign asciidoc anchors to
all valid usage statements it generates, and script to insert
Valid Usage ID (VUID) tags into the specification source files for
explicit valid usage statements. This has no semantic effects on the
specification, but will support the validation layer's detection of
valid usage violations and allow it to link into the corresponding part
of the specification (internal issue 583).
* Assign VUID tags to all explicit VU statements and document
the process and tag format in the style guide (internal issue 583).
* Clarify the rules of whether to structure new functionality as instance
extensions, device extensions, or both in the
<<extended-functionality-instance-extensions-and-devices, Instance
Extensions and Device Extensions>> section (internal issue 749).
* Require that SPIR-V run-time arrays are only used with the
code:BufferBlock decoration (internal issue 750).
* Fix implicit and explicit valid usage statements for
slink:VkWriteDescriptorSet::pname:dstSet (internal issue 767)
in the <<descriptorsets-uniformtexelbuffer, Uniform Texel Buffer>>
section (internal issue 770).
* Clarify that disabling depth testing also disables depth writes in the
<<fragops-ds-state, Depth and Stencil Operations>> section (internal
issue 775).
* flink:VkDescriptorImageInfo::pname:imageLayout must match the actual
imageLayout at the time the image is accessed. This was in the spec
text, but needed an associated valid usage statement.
* Note that only 32-bit atomic operations are supported in the
<<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>>
* Note that code:UniformConstant variables must not have initializers in
the <<spirvenv-module-validation, Validation Rules within a Module>>
* Add a new elink:VkObjectType enumeration to the core API, promoted from
elink:VkDebugObjectTypeEXT, since it is used for much more than just the
debug_report extension.
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_get_surface_capabilities2`
* `VK_KHR_shared_presentable_image`
Change log for April 15, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.48 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 48 for this update.
Internal Issues:
* Add missing VU statements for flink:vkUpdateDescriptorSets (internal
issue 333).
* Correct swapped ifdef/ifndef blocks for `VK_KHR_maintenance1` extension
(internal issue 776).
Change log for April 8, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.47 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 47 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Allow <<synchronization-pipeline-barriers-subpass-self-dependencies,
self-dependencies>> (also described for slink:VkSubpassDependency) to
have earlier stages depend on later stages if all stages are
framebuffer-space (public issue 125).
* Clarify when pipeline state structures are ignored in the
slink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo strucure, when the tessellation
structure must be valid, and remove 'if `NULL`' descriptions from the
valid usage statements (public issue 445).
* Remove the obsolete "validextensionstructs" attribute for
flink:VkPresentRegionsKHR. This caused a pname:pNext valid usage
statement to be generated which wasn't consistent with what is stated in
the spec (public issue 481).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify facingness of non-polygon fragments for slink:VkStencilOpState
and in the code:FrontFacing <<interfaces-builtin-variables,built-in
variable description>>. Define 'facingness' of a fragment as a distinct
term from facingness of a polygon (internal issue 662).
* Clarify that the texture compression features (e.g.
pname:textureCompressionBC) means that all formats of that type
<<features-features-textureCompressionBC,BC>>) are supported, and that
support for individual formats may: queried separately (internal issue
* Clarify in the valid usage for slink:VkBindImageMemoryInfoKHX that each
SFR rectangle must be a multiple of the sparse block size for each
aspect, e.g. in a depth/stencil image using separate depth/stencil
planes (internal issue 721).
* Re-remove KHX variants of KHR structure types after promotion (internal
issue 762).
Change log for March 31, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.46 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 46 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add language to the <<fundamentals-validusage-enums, Valid Usage for
Enumerated Types>> section allowing values to be returned from Vulkan
that are not present in extensions explicitly enabled by the
application, similar to existing language for bit flags in the
<<fundamentals-validusage-flags, Valid Usage for Flags>> section (public
issue 442).
* *Important*: run `gem update --pre asciidoctor-pdf` before trying to
build this version of the spec - 1.5.0.alpha15 is required for this
change. Removes the monkey patch currently used to draw valid usage
blocks across multiple pages which had numerous issues. A fixed version
was incorporated into Asciidoctor-PDF for the latest release, so the
monkey patch or any variant thereof is no longer required (public issue
Internal Issues:
to `VK_EXT_debug_report` extension
* Fix ptext:pNext member of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceDiscardRectanglePropertiesEXT to be a non-const
pointer. Properties structures return values, so the chain should be
* Explicitly remove gl_NumSamples from the `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` extension,
against 1.0 (internal issue 612).
* Add Valid Usage statements requiring that each structure type valid in a
ptext:pNext chain must: not appear more than once in a chain (internal
issue 752).
* Use ename:VK_USE_PLATFORM_WIN32_KHX in the
`VK_KHX_external_memory_win32` extension, rather than etext:_KHR
(internal issue 754).
New Extensions:
* `VK_KHR_incremental_present`
Change log for March 24, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.45 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 45 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Defined the lifetime of the memory pointed to by
slink:VkDisplayPropertiesKHR::pname:displayName to be equal to that of
its associated display handle (public issue 460).
* Correct several cases where the sparse memory feature name
pname:residencyNonResidentStrict was written as
pname:sparseResidencyNonResidentStrict (public issue 475).
Internal Issues:
* Fix ptext:pNext member of slink:VkPhysicalDeviceGroupPropertiesKHX to be
a non-const pointer. Properties structures return values, so the chain
should be non-const.
* Clarify definition of memory aliasing to consistently use the terms
"linear" and "non-linear" when referring to resources, and define what
those terms mean.
* Modified XML schema and implicit validity scripts to generate language
for all ptext:pNext values in a ptext:pNext chain instead of just the
top level struct, and made `noautovalidity` functional for ptext:sType
and ptext:pNext (internal issue 535).
* Add more detail for BT2020 and scRGB color spaces in
`VK_EXT_swapchain_colorspace` extension (internal issue 632).
* Add naming rules for Extension Structure Names (structures added to the
ptext:pNext chain of a base structure) to the style guide (internal
issue 706).
* Define the glossary term "ptext:pNext chain", and use it consistently in
the spec (internal issue 744).
Change log for March 17, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.44 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 44 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix description of <<features-extentperimagetype, Allowed Extent Values
Based On Image Type>> (public issue 290).
* Better specify VK_DEVICE_LOST behavior around flink:vkQueueSubmit,
flink:vkWaitForFences, and flink:vkGetFenceStatus (public issue 423).
* Clarify definition of flink:vkGetQueryPoolResults::pname:queryCount
(public issue 441).
* Simplify and clean up normative language. Remove shall and replace
recommend and variants with should wherever possible (public issue 448).
* Fix all dangling internal cross-references in the 1.0-extensions
specification, and add scripts/checkXrefs to find these in the future
(public issue 456).
* Reverse order of ChangeLog.txt entries so the most recent version is
documented first (public issue 463)
* Removes "become invalid" which clashes with invalid state for command
buffers. (public issue 467)
* Disallowed pending state in spec text for vkResetCommandBuffer, matching
valid usage (public issue 468)
* Removes sentence describing invalid state "like initial state". (public
issue 469)
* Disallows begin command buffer from resetting command buffers in the
"recording" state. (public issue 470)
* Removes mention of state from description of
* Removed extra valid usage statement in VkSubmitInfo (public issue 472)
Internal Issues:
* Clarify description of the pname:imageLayout member of
* Fix typos where etext:VK_VIEW_TYPE* was used instead of
* Removed the <<VK_KHR_display>> and <<VK_KHR_display_swapchain>> example
code from the specification and noted it has been moved to the Vulkan
SDK cube demo (internal issue 179).
* Reorder VkExternalMemoryHandleTypeFlagBitsNV description (internal issue
* Clarify than an implementation is
<<fundamentals-validusage-flags,permitted to return 'undefined' bit
flags>> in a bitfield (internal issue 640).
* Break Valid Usage statements describing unrelated parameters into
separate statements, and add a style guide entry to follow this approach
(internal issue 685).
* Move valid usage statement for slink:VkImageCreateInfo from spec body to
the explicit valid usage block (internal issue 693).
* Fix typos in the descriptions of slink:VkDisplaySurfaceCreateInfoKHR,
flink:vkCreateDisplayModeKHR, and
flink:vkGetDisplayPlaneSupportedDisplaysKHR in the <<display,Presenting
Directly to Display Devices>> section (internal issue 698, 704, 716).
* Clarified that mandatory depth/stencil formats are only a requirement
for 2D images (internal issue 719).
* Clarify that variables decorated with DeviceIndex/ViewIndex must be in
the Input storage class (internal issue 733).
* Work around generator script problem with removal of Unicode literals
from Python 3.0-3.2 using `future` package (internal issue 737).
* Remove nonexistent structure type enums from vk.xml (internal issue
* Fix validextensionstructs attributes for structures in the pname:pNext
chain for VkPresentInfoKHR, fixing implicit valid usage statements for
those structures (internal issue 740).
Change log for March 10, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.43 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 43 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Make clearer that color write mask is applied regardless of whether
blending is enabled, by referring to the
<<framebuffer-color-write-mask,Color Write Mask>> section (public issue
* Fix public issue 414:
** Added two new command buffer states (invalid, pending), and an explicit
"command buffer lifecycle" section to explain them.
** Replaced "pending execution" with "in the pending state".
** Replaced a bunch of "this will invalidate the command buffer" language
with "this will move the command buffer to the invalid state", and added
validation language for what state those command buffers should be in.
** Added additional validation language about what state a command buffer
should be in for various commands that affect it.
** Added invalidation language to destroy commands in the lifetimes section
of fundamentals.
** Added command buffers to list of objects which must not be deleted
whilst a (primary) command buffer is in the recording or pending state.
* Update `GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` extension to allow anonymous push constant
blocks (public issue 428).
Internal Issues:
* Document rules about extension interactions in the style guide (internal
issue 579).
* Require ename:VK_PRESENT_MODE_MAILBOX_KHR support in queries of surfaces
created with flink:vkCreateWaylandSurfaceKHR using the
VK_KHR_wayland_surface extension (internal issue 666).
* Remove Valid Usage constraints for flink:vkAllocateDescriptorSets when
the `VK_KHR_maintainance1` extension is present (internal issue 686).
* Remove undocumented KHX-variants of vkGetPhysicalDeviceProperties2KHR
and vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2KHR from the
<<VK_KHX_external_memory_capabilities>> and
<<VK_KHX_external_semaphore_capabilities>> extensions.
New Extensions:
* `VK_EXT_hdr_metadata`
* `VK_GOOGLE_display_timing`
Change log for February 27, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.42 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 42 for this update
(the first anniversary edition).
Github Issues:
* Changed asciidoctor macros so cross-page links in the standalone
reference pages function properly (public issue 462).
Internal Issues:
* Clarified host visibility discussion for slink:VkMemoryType,
flink:vkInvalidateMappedMemoryRanges, elink:VkAccessFlagBits, and the
<<synchronization-framebuffer-regions,Framebuffer Region Dependencies>>
section, removing duplicated information and adding a central definition
in the access types section (internal issue 552).
* Change description of
slink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfacePresentModesKHR::pname:pPresentModes to
return an array of values, not structures (internal issue 699).
New Extensions:
* Add a NOTE to the <<extensions,Layers & Extensions>> chapter describing
the experimental status of `KHX` extensions.
* Add new Khronos, Khronos Experimental, and vendor Vulkan extensions for
release at GDC:
** VK_KHR_descriptor_update_template
** VK_KHR_push_descriptor
** VK_KHX_device_group
** VK_KHX_device_group_creation
** VK_KHX_external_memory
** VK_KHX_external_memory_capabilities
** VK_KHX_external_memory_fd
** VK_KHX_external_memory_win32
** VK_KHX_external_semaphore
** VK_KHX_external_semaphore_capabilities
** VK_KHX_external_semaphore_fd
** VK_KHX_external_semaphore_win32
** VK_KHX_multiview
** VK_KHX_win32_keyed_mutex
** VK_EXT_discard_rectangles
** VK_MVK_ios_surface
** VK_MVK_macos_surface
** VK_NVX_multiview_per_view_attributes
** VK_NV_clip_space_w_scaling
** VK_NV_geometry_shader_passthrough
** VK_NV_sample_mask_override_coverage
** VK_NV_viewport_array2
** VK_NV_viewport_swizzle
* Add new GLSL vendor extensions to support new builtin variables:
** GL_EXT_device_group
** GL_EXT_multiview
Change log for February 17, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.41 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 41 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Made all uses of `NULL` vs. code:VK_NULL_HANDLE consistent (public issue
* Clarify render pass compatibility in different usage scenarios (public
issues 403 and 404).
* Add valid usage statements to slink:VkFramebufferCreateInfo requiring
that the width, height, and number of layers of the framebuffer all be
nonzero (public issue 432).
* Allow `offset` and `align` in any GLSL version for the
`GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl` extension (public issue 435).
* Specify lifetime of string objects passed to the
tlink:PFN_vkDebugReportCallbackEXT user callback in the
+VK_EXT_debug_report+ extension (public issue 446).
* Fix inter-page links in multi-file reference pages (public issue 454).
Internal Issues:
* Update valid usage language for slink:VkImageCreateInfo to disallow
creating images that have ename:VK_IMAGE_USAGE_TRANSIENT_ATTACHMENT_BIT
set without other attachment usage bits
* Disable `VK_EXT_swapchain_colorspace` extension until internal issues
640 and 661 are mutually resolved.
* Allow alternative mipmap level selection when [eq]#lambda == 0.5# during
texture <<textures-image-level-selection,Image Level(s) Selection>>
(internal issue 680).
Other Issues:
* Add a clarification to the style guide that the extension revision
number is treated as a patch number, so that changes to published
extensions should only include bug fixes and spec clarifications.
Change log for February 10, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.40 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 40 for this update.
* There is a major build change in this release. We are now using the
Ruby-based ``asciidoctor'' implementation, rather than the Python-based
``asciidoc'' implementation, to process the specification. While the
actual specification markup changes were minimal, this requires a new
set of build tools and a very different installation process, especially
because we now use an experimental direct-to-PDF backend for Asciidoctor
instead of Docbook->dblatex->PDF. It is no longer possible to build the
Specification using asciidoc. See doc/specs/vulkan/README.adoc
for some guidance on installing the new toolchain components.
* There are some minor rendering issues in the PDF output due to teething
problems with the asciidoctor toolchain, especially with mathematical
equations. We are aware of these and working on them.
Github Issues:
* Updated sample code for the <<sparsememory-examples-basic,sparse
resource binding example>> (public issue 97).
* Modify line and point clipping behavior in the
<<vertexpostproc-clipping, Primitive Clipping>> section to allow for
pop-free behavior. The ability to check for which behavior is
implemented may be added a future feature or extension (public issue
* Unify the discussions of implicit ordering throughout the spec, in
particular in the new sections <<drawing-primitive-order, Primitive
Order>>, <<primrast-order, Rasterization Order>>, and
<<synchronization-implicit, Implicit Synchronization Guarantees>>; the
discussion of <<synchronization-submission-order, submission order>>;
and references elsewhere to these sections (public issue 133).
* Clarify \<\<descriptorsets-compatibility,Pipeline Layout Compatibility>>
language and introduce the term ``identically defined'' (public issue
* Add a dependency to the +VK_EXT_debug_marker+ extension that's needed to
reuse the object type enum from +VK_EXT_debug_report+, and moves the
definition of that enum into +VK_EXT_debug_report+ where it should be
(public issue 409).
* Remove redundant valid usage statement from slink:VkImageBlit (public
issue 421).
* Update GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl to allow the ternary operator to result in a
specialization constant (public issue 424).
* Fix valid usage for flink:VkPipelineShaderStageCreateInfo (public issue
* Correct typo in New Objects list for <<VK_EXT_debug_report>> (public
issue 447).
Internal Issues:
* Moved to asciidoctor for spec builds (internal issue 121).
* Update style guide to describe where to put new extensions-specific
asciidoc files, and what to name them (internal issue 626).
* Add src/spec/ to autogenerate registry index entries linking
into the 1.0-extensions specification, instead of maintaining the index
manually. (internal issue 642).
* Autogenerate extension dependencies and lists of all extensions and all
KHR extensions from the "supported" attributes in +vk.xml+. Execute
+make config/ from +doc/specs/vulkan+ when a supported
extension is added to vk.xml, to regenerate the dependency script. The
consequence is that specifying a single extension to the +makeExt+
script will automatically enable all extensions it depends on as well,
and that the +makeAllExts+ and +makeKHR+ scripts do not need to be
updated when a new extension is supported (internal issue 648).
* Put extension appendices all at the same asciidoc section level, so KHR
WSI extensions show up in the HTML index (internal issue 648).
Other Issues:
* Imbed images in the generated HTML specs instead of loading them from
the images/ directory.
* Fix missing EXT in extension name
* Add new +VK_EXT_SMPTE_2086_metadata+ extension.
* In the <<platformCreateSurface_xlib,Xlib Surface>> section of the
`VK_KHR_xlib_surface` specification, add language warning users that
they always need to call code:XinitThreads.
* Use the term "presentable image" (rather than "swapchain image")
consistently in `VK_KHR_swapchain` and related extensions, and add a
glossary term defining it.
* Relocate the valid usage for samples of
to be below the flink:VkPhysicalDeviceSparseImageFormatInfo2KHR
Change log for January 23, 2017 Vulkan 1.0.39 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 39 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Clarified that only accesses via the specified buffer/image subresource
ranges are included in the access scopes (public issue 306).
* Add missing valid usage statements for flink:vkCreateComputePipelines
and flink:vkCreateGraphicsPipelines (public issue 427).
Internal Issues:
* Add a Note to the <<invariance,Invariance>> appendix about a difference
between OpenGL and Vulkan with regards to how primitives derived from
offsets are handled (internal issue 355).
* Add the +<<VK_KHR_get_physical_device_properties2>>+,
+<<VK_KHR_maintenance1>>+, and +<<VK_KHR_shader_draw_parameters>>+
extensions (internal issue 448).
* Add the +<<VK_EXT_shader_subgroup_vote>>+ and
+<<VK_EXT_shader_subgroup_ballot>>+ extensions (internal issue 449).
* Update the texture level-of-detail equation in the
<<textures-scale-factor,Scale Factor Operation>> section to better
approximate the ellipse major and minor axes (internal issue 547).
* Forbid non-explicitly allowed uses of interface decorations in the
introduction to the <<interfaces,Shader Interfaces>> chapter (internal
issue 607).
* Replace use of MathJax with KaTeX, for improved load-time performance as
well as avoiding the scrolling-and-scrolling behavior due to MathJax
asynchronous rendering when loading at an anchor inside the spec. This
change also requires moving to HTML5 output for the spec instead of
XHTML, and there is a visible difference in that the chapter navigation
index is now in a scrollable sidebar instead of at the top of the
document. We may or may not retain the nav sidebar based on feedback
(internal issue 613).
* Improve consistency of markup and formatting in extension appendices
(internal issue 631).
Other Issues:
* Add explicit valid usage statements to slink:VkImageCopy requiring that
the source and destination layer ranges be contained in their respective
source and destination images.
* Add valid usage language for swapchain of flink:vkAcquireNextImage. If
the swapchain has been replaced, then it should not be passed to
* Add a valid usage statement to flink:vkCreateImageView, that the image
must have been created with an appropriate usage bit set.
* Noted that slink:VkDisplayPresentInfoKHR is a valid extension of
slink:VkPresentInfoKHR in the <<wsi_swapchain,WSI Swapchain>> section.
* Update valid usage for flink:vkCmdSetViewport and flink:vkCmdSetScissor
to account for the multiple viewport feature. If the feature is not
enabled, the parameters for these functions have required values that
are defined in the <<features-features-multiViewport,multiple
viewports>> section of the spec but were not reflected in the valid
usage text for these functions.
* Add the +<<VK_EXT_swapchain_colorspace>>+ extension defining common
color spaces.
Change log for December 16, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.38 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 38 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Make ename:VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_HOST_BIT invalid for all stage masks,
except for flink:vkCmdWaitEvents (public issue 261).
Internal Issues:
* Added validation language for flink:vkQueueBindSparse,
slink:VkPresentInfoKHR, and slink:VkSubmitInfo, and a note to the
<<synchronization-semaphores-waiting,Semaphore Waiting and Unsignaling>>
section to clarify that semaphores must be signaled and waited on in a
1:1 fashion (internal issue 546).
* Modify valid usage for slink:VkBufferImageCopy to only require
pname:bufferOffset to be a multiple of the image format's element size
when the format is not depth/stencil (internal issue 594).
Other Issues:
* Vulkan is now a registered trademark symbol, and this is reflected in
documents and copyright statements.
Change log for December 10, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.37 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 37 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add usability guarantees on the values returned by
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR in the
slink:VkSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR structure and by
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceFormatsKHR in the
pname:pSurfaceFormatCount parameter (public issue 385).
* Add elink:VkDebugReportObjectTypeEXT enumerants for new object types
introduced by new extensions (public issue 408).
* Add +VK_NVX_device_generated_commands+ etext:ACCESS bits and define how
they are used (public issue 415).
* Fix indentation for slink:VkDebugReportCallbackCreateInfoEXT member
descriptions (public issue 419).
Internal Issues:
* Expand requirements memory binding of non-sparse images and buffers from
the <<resources-association,Resource Memory Association>> section into
valid usage statements for all of the applicable API calls (internal
issue 508).
* Explicitly state that valid usage of flink:vkCreateImage requires that
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties would return
ename:VK_SUCCESS for the requested image configuration (internal issue
Change log for December 1, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.36 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 36 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix "recorded with" terminology in the valid usage language for the
flink:vkCmdExecuteCommands::pname:pCommandBuffers parameter (public
issue 390).
* Modify to support specifying extensions to remove from output
generators, allowing the extension loader +vulkan_ext.c+ to be created
without WSI extensions which are statically exported by the Vulkan
loader (public issue 412).
* Added validation language for slink:VkSubpassDependency and in the
<<synchronization-access-types-supported,supported access types>>
section to catch access masks that include bits which are not supported
by pipeline stages in the stage masks (partially addresses ).
Internal Issues:
* Added validation language for flink:vkCmdWaitEvents,
flink:vkQueueSubmit, flink:VkRenderPassCreateInfo, and in the
<<synchronization-pipeline-stages-supported>> section to prevent
recording stage dependencies that aren't supported on the queue
(internal issue 516).
* Make a few changes that generalize spec language for use with possible
future extensions by adding glossary terms and generalizing ``feature''
to ``feature or extension'' where relevant (internal issues 448, 590).
* Added "pipeline type" attribute to +vk.xml+ for relevant commands and
utilize it in automatic generation of the Command Properties table
(internal issue 517).
* Specify that WSI implementations must provide both UNORM and sRGB
formats in the description of slink:VkColorSpaceKHR (internal issue
* Remove nesting of explicit valid usage statements where it is not
meaningful (internal issue 583).
Other Issues:
* Add validity language requiring that
slink:VkPushConstantRange::pname:offset be a multiple of 4, as stated in
the spec language.
Change log for November 25, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.35 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 35 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Document in the <<memory-device-hostaccess,Host Access>> section that
mapping and unmapping does not invalidate or flush the mapped memory
(public issues 27, 126).
* Redefine the entire <<synchronization>> chapter in terms of consistent
and well defined terminology, that's called out at the start of the
chapter. This terminology is applied equally to all synchronization
types, including subpass dependencies, submissions, and much of the
implicit ordering stuff dotted around the spec. Key terms are laid out
in the <<synchronization-dependencies,Execution and Memory
Dependencies>> section at the top of the rewritten chapter (public
issues 128, 131, 132, 217, 299, 300, 302, 306, 322, 346, 347, 371, 407).
* Specify order of submission for batches in the
<<vkQueueSubmit,vkQueueSubmit>> and
<<vkQueueBindSparse,vkQueueBindSparse>> commands (public issue 371).
* Add valid usage statements to each of the WSI extension sections
indicating that the WSI-specific structure parameters must be valid, and
remove automatically generated valid usage statements now covered by the
manual sections (public issue 383).
* Clarify render pass compatibility for flink:vkCmdExecuteCommands (public
issue 390).
Internal Issues:
* Update +vk.xml+ to make previously explicit valid usage statements for
<<vkDebugReportMessageEXT,vkDebugReportMessageEXT>> implicit instead
(internal issue 553).
* Add valid usage statement for slink:VkCreateImageInfo preventing
creation of 1D sparse images (internal issue 573).
* Fix Python scripts to always read/write files in utf-8 encoding, and a
logic error in which could cause a fatal error for
malstructured asciidoc (internal issues 578, 586).
Change log for November 18, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.34 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 34 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Allow vkUpdateDescriptorSets overflow to skip empty bindings. Clarify
that unused bindings have a descriptorCount of zero. Improve some valid
usage for vkUpdateDescriptorSets (public issue 256).
* Require that slink:VkImageSubresourceRange always define a non-empty
range of the resource (public issue 303).
* Added valid usage for slink:VkPresentInfoKHR on the layout of presented
images (public issue 397).
Internal Issues:
* Add dependency in src/spec/Makefile so specversion.txt is regenerated
when needed (internal issue 462).
* Shorten the table of contents in the single-page ref page HTML output.
Still working on the PDF (internal issue 536).
Change log for November 11, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.33 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 33 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Added implicit external synchronization parameters to
vkBegin/EndCommandBuffer, and fixed missing command pool host
synchronization from per-command lists (public issue 398).
* Started using git tags including the spec release number, such as
'v1.0.32-core', instead of tags including the date of release, such as
'v1.0-core-20161025' (public issue 405).
Internal Issues:
* Add validity constraint for
slink:VkImportMemoryWin32HandleInfoNV::pname:handle (internal issue
* Add scripts to compare two Vulkan HTML specifications, derived from W3
htmldiff service (internal issue 525).
* Relax requirement that memoryTypeBits can't depend on format, to allow
it to differ only for depth/stencil formats (internal issue 544).
* Add a new generator script to create a simple extension loader for
Vulkan based on +vk.xml+ (internal issue 558).
* Add the overlooked requirement that buffer and image memory
alignment requirements must be a power of two in the
<<resources-association,Resource Memory Association>> section
(internal issue 569).
Other Issues:
* Add a naming rule to the style guide for members of extension structures
defining array lengths which are the same as array lengths of the core
structure they are chained from.
* Add a new generator to create a simple extension loader in
+src/ext_loader/vulkan_ext.[ch]+ from +vk.xml+. This code can be
included in your project, and is expected to be packaged in the Vulkan
SDK provided by LunarG in the future.
Change log for October 25, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.32 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 32 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add automatic visibility operations to the presentation engineE when
doing a queue present in flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR. Removed all
references to MEMORY_READ that referenced WSI - they no longer make
sense (some aspects of public issues 128, 131, 132, 261, and 298).
* Document valid non-boolean +externsync+ attribute values for <param>
tags in +vk.xml+ (public issue 265).
* Add valid usage to slink:VkImageCreateInfo requiring that
pname:arrayLayers be 1 for images of type ename:VK_IMAGE_TYPE_3D
(public issue 319).
* Add missing captions to figures in the <<textures,Image Operations>>
chapter (public issue 334).
* Clarify WSI interaction with exclusive sharing mode (public issue
* Added explicit language clarifying the allowed queue usage of
resources created with ename:VK_SHARING_MODE_CONCURRENT (public
issue 386).
* Require that the
slink:VkDescriptorSetLayoutCreateInfo::pname:binding members of the
pname:pBindings array passed to
flink:vkDescriptorSetLayoutCreateInfo all be distinct (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Remove empty validity blocks from +vk.xml+ and suppressed broken
validity statements and added missing statements to explicit
validity. Doesn't affect output, other than some statements
appearing in another block now (internal issue 513).
Change log for October 14, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.31 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 31 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Clarifying wording of slink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo parameters and
adding Valid Usage statements on render pass compatibility to the
<<drawing,drawing commands>> (public issue 375).
* Replace 'texel size' with 'element size', and add a definition to the
glossary (public issue 382).
* Clarify the description of ename:VK_ERROR_NATIVE_WINDOW_IN_USE_KHR to
make it accurate, but still generic (non-exhaustive). Remove two Valid
Usage statements describing error situations that will return
ename:VK_ERROR_NATIVE_WINDOW_IN_USE_KHR (public issue 387).
* Fix refBegin tag for elink:VkDebugReportFlagBitsEXT (public issue 392).
* The <<interfaces-builtin-variables,built-in variable>> code:PrimitiveId
in a fragment shader needs the code:Input storage class (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Unused ({y,z} and {height,depth} for 1D, z and depth for 2D) offsets
must be 0 and unused extents must be 1. Added basic offset and extent
valid usage for slink:VkImageResolve to match that of slink:VkImageCopy
(internal issue 413).
* Describe what flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties returns for
pname:sampleCounts when for pname:usage only includes transfer-related
flags (internal issue 478).
* Remove mention of
slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::pname:maxImageArrayLayers from the valid
usage for slink:VkImageCreateInfo::pname:arrayLayers (internal issue
* Tag usages of ``dynamically uniform'' as glossary terms and add a
glossary entry pointing to the SPIR-V Specification's definition of the
term (internal issue 531).
Change log for October 7, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.30 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 30 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Document missing pname:sType and pname:pNext parameters for
slink:VkCommandBufferInheritanceInfo (public issue 224).
* As promised, we are removing the example code, from the appendix, for
the VK_KHR_surface and VK_KHR_swapchain extensions. The cube demo
(shipped in the official Khronos SDK) has been updated, and is the
example code that we want people to look at for how to use these two
extensions (public issues 279, 308, and 311).
* Clarify the formats for which the slink:VkClearColorValue pname:float32
member is used. Also clean up related language for flink:vkCmdBlitImage
(public issue 369).
* Reword the <<invariance, Invariance>> appendix chapter to better match
Vulkan terminology (public issue 372).
Internal Issues:
* Update slink:VkMemoryRequirements to not require a host_visible memory
type exists that can be bound to sparse buffers (internal issue 494).
* Modify the <<features-supported-sample-counts,Supported Sample Counts>>
language to allow multisampled depth-stencil images (internal issue
Change log for September 30, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.29 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 29 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Remove redundant constraint on
slink:VkCommandBufferInheritanceInfo::pname:queryFlags (public issue
* Fix typo and remove link in Note in the
<<extended-functionality-instance-extensions-and-devices, Instance
Extensions and Device Extensions>> section (public issue 359).
* Fix erroneous validation statement for the pname:layout member of
slink:VkComputePipelineCreateInfo (public issue 362).
Internal Issues:
* Restore long figure captions using asciidoc sidebar blocks, due to
restrictions of asciidoc syntax (internal issue 101).
* Replace most latexmath equations with comparable markup in straight
asciidoc, which significantly improves time required to fully load and
process the HTML forms of the Specification. There are known minor font
and alignment inconsistencies with MathJax and PDF rendering of
latexmath equations. Please do not file github issues about these. We
are aware of the inconsistencies and will make refinements over time,
while the performance improvements are compelling in at least some major
browsers (internal issue 313).
* Move handcoded validity statements from +vk.xml+ into the Specification
body, easing work in the single-branch model. Specify the distinction
between these explicit statements, and the implicit validity statements
inferred from vk.xml. Validity statements now appear in two blocks for
each command and structure - handcoded "Valid Usage" and the implicit
"Valid Usage (Implicit)" (internal issue 392).
* Add the +returnedonly="false"+ attribute to WSI output structures,
removing incorrectly generated implicit validity statements for
slink:VkDisplayPropertiesKHR, slink:VkDisplayPlanePropertiesKHR,
slink:VkDisplayModePropertiesKHR, slink:VkDisplayPlaneCapabilitiesKHR,
slink:VkSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR, and slink:VkSurfaceFormatKHR structures
(internal issue 486).
* Update slink:VkImageLayout to require the
ename:VK_IMAGE_USAGE_SAMPLED_BIT be set for sampled depth/stencil images
(internal issue 487).
* Use an explicit format specifier string for the date command invocation
in the +Makefile+ instead of the shorthand -R option, which doesn't work
on BSD and MaxOS X date commands (internal issue 500).
Other Issues:
* Use the terms ``allocation scope'' and ``extension scope'' instead of
just ``scope'', and add them to the glossary.
Change log for September 23, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.28 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 28 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Minor spelling and typography cleanup, add definitions of
ename:VK_FALSE and ename:VK_TRUE as just what their names say
(public issues 220, 318, 325, 365; internal issues 451, 496)
* Clarify that the pname:maxDescriptorSet limits in the
<<features-limits-required,Required Limits>> table are n *
maxPerStage limit (where n=number of supported stages) (public issue
* Minor cleanup to <<boilerplate-platform-macros,Platform-Specific
Macro Definitions>> appendix (public issue 314).
* Add valid usage statement to slink:VkPipelineLayoutCreateInfo
disallowing multiple push constant ranges for the same shader stage
(public issue 340).
* Clarify the elink:VkSharingMode description of what executing the
"same" barriers means in case of ownership transfer (public issue
* Rename copyright.txt and add to try and reduce confusion
about applicable copyrights (public issue 350).
* Extend the table in the <<boilerplate-wsi-header, Window System-Specific
Header Control>> section to describe the external headers included when
each etext:VK_USE_PLATFORM_* macro is defined (public issue 376).
Internal Issues:
* Add "Revision History" to the PDF outputs following the table of
contents, to match HTML outputs (internal issue 43).
* Clarified that flink:vkMapMemory may fail due to virtual address
space limitations (internal issue 346).
* Add +refBody+ comment markup for ref page autoextraction when required
(internal issue 400).
* Document proper use of "mipmap" and "mip" in the style guide API
naming rules, matching the spelling rules (internal issue 471).
* Tweak the <<extensions,Layers and Extensions>> appendix to note that
the Specification may be built with arbitrary combinations of
extensions (internal issue 483).
* Remove incorrect statement allowing
slink:VkClearAttachment::pname:colorAttachment to be >=
slink:VkSubpassDescription::pname:colorAttachmentCount (internal
issue 488).
* The <<features-limits-viewportboundsrange,viewportBoundsRange>> is
expressed in terms of the pname:maxViewportDimensions but this is
actually two values. Clarify that it's based on the larger of the two
(if they differ) (internal issue 499).
Other Issues:
* Reflowed text of the entire spec using the 'reflow' Makefile target, to
(hopefully) reduce future internal git churn as edits are made and
extensions added in return for one-time pain. This has no perceptible
effect on the spec outputs, but considerable changes on the asciidoc
source (internal issue 367).
Change log for September 16, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.27 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 27 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Weaken flink:vkGetPipelineCacheData invariance conditions; previous
conditions were stronger than agreed and can't be guaranteed (public
issue 280).
* Add link to "Vulkan Loader Specification and Architecture Overview"
document to Normative References section (public issue 359).
Internal Issues:
* Be more clear in the <<interfaces-resources-layout-std140, uniform
buffer layout>> section that block offsets can be out of order
(internal issue 396).
* Document that extension authors should add support for their extensions
to the validation layers (internal issue 398).
* Clarify that the valid range of depth clear values should be limited
to the 0..1 range and that copies to depth aspect must also be in this
range (internal issue 412).
* Specify ``a'' vs. ``an'' use in the style guide (internal issue 432).
* Increase the maximum pname:nonCoherentAtomSize value in the
<<features-limits-required,Required Limits>> section from 128 to 256
(internal issue 435).
* Fix vk_platform.h for compiler errors on some Android platforms
(internal issue 441).
* Clarify that slink:VkPhysicalDeviceFeatures::pname:pEnabledFeatures ==
`NULL` disables all features, including the "required" feature
pname:robustBufferAccess (internal issue 479).
Other Issues:
* Expand style guide and make it more self-consistent.
* Use ISO 8601 date format everywhere.
* Emphasise the correct way of using
* Added +VK_EXT_validation_flags+ extension for validation flag mechanism.
* Fix an <<credits,author credit>> to include their current employer.
Change log for September 6, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.26 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 26 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Bring sample code in the `VK_KHR_surface` and `VK_KHR_swapchain`
extension summary appendices up to date, and note they will be replaced
with pointers to the LunarG SDK examples in the future (public issue
* Add a new <<fundamentals-commandsyntax-results-lifetime,Lifetime of
Retrieved Results>> section specifying that ftext:vkGet* and
ftext:VkEnumerate* results are invariant unless otherwise specified, and
specify behavior for individual commands which are not invariant (public
issue 280).
* Remove conflicting definition of
slink:VkDisplayPlaneCapabilitiesKHR::pname:maxSrcPosition and clean up
language of the remaining definition (public issue 351).
* Fix many minor spelling errors and add rules to the style guide to
prevent recurrences (public issue 352).
Internal Issues:
* Remove redundant descriptions of the etext:VK_USE_PLATFORM_* macros from
the <<wsi,Window System Integration>> chapter in favor of the
description in the <<boilerplate-wsi-header,Window System-Specific
Header Control>> appendix (internal issue 6).
* Replace misleading 'can: be destroyed when not X' with more correct
'must: not be destroyed while X' in the
<<fundamentals-objectmodel-lifetime,Object Lifetime>> section. Disallow
destroying a pipeline layout while a command buffer using it is
recording (internal issue 241).
* Clarify that ename:VK_IMAGE_USAGE_TRANSIENT_ATTACHMENT_BIT is valid for
all images used as attachments in elink:VkImageUsageFlagBits and the
slink:VkImageLayout validity language (internal issue 320).
* Note that <<extended-functionality-layers,Layers>> may wrap object
handles, but that this is a generally discouraged. A link to additional
information in the documentation for layer authors is provided (issue
* Replace the mustnot: and shouldnot: macros with equivalent must: not and
should: not to get rid of non-English words while still highlighting
normative language (internal issue 407).
* Disallow creating multisampled images with
ename:VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CUBE_COMPATIBLE_BIT in the slink:VkImageLayout
validity language and the <<features-supported-sample-counts,Supported
Sample Counts>> section (internal issue 445).
* Fix typo so that flink:vkCmdDrawIndexedIndirect is defined in terms of
flink:vkCmdDrawIndexed rather than flink:vkCmdDrawIndirect (internal
issue 446).
* Reorganize the per-extension information sections to all be in the
<<extensions,Layers & Extensions>> appendix. Also fix a typo in
+VK_IMG_filter_cubic+ which incorrectly identified it as a +KHR+
extension (internal issue 461).
Other Issues:
* Use asciidoc markup instead of latexmath to simplify diagrams in the
<<features-formats-non-packed,byte mapping tables>> for color formats.
* Fix a markup problem with the wildcarded enumerant names in a NOTE in
the <<textures-texel-replacement,Texel Replacement>> section.
* Fix missing attributes in the XML interface for
elink:VkExternalMemoryHandleTypeFlagBitsNV and
elink:VkExternalMemoryFeatureFlagBitsNV (KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Hpp issue
* Cleanup reference page builds so only core pages are built for releases.
Change log for August 26, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.25 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 25 for this update.
* Structurally change the specification so that multiple extensions are
included in the +1.0+ git branch, and specifications will include or not
include those extensions at build time based on options passed to the
Makefile. See +doc/specs/vulkan/README.html+ and the ``Layers and
Extensions'' section of the ``Vulkan Documentation and Extensions''
document for more information on this change.
* Register and publish new extensions in the single-branch form:
** +VK_NV_external_memory_capabilities+
** +VK_NV_external_memory+
** +VK_NV_external_memory_win32+
** +VK_NV_win32_keyed_mutex+
Github Issues:
* Clarify description of GetInstanceProcAddr and GetDeviceProcAddr (public
issue 212).
* Add SPIR-V <<textures-operation-validation, instruction validation>> for
single-sampled images (public issue 316).
* Fix spelling of ``tesselation'' in a few places and note it as an
exception to the American spelling rules convention (public issue
* Fix Makefile to create output directory for ``styleguide''
target (public issue 329).
* Fix numerous minor issues with incorrectly tags on enumerant names and
table titles (public issue 330).
* Generate specversion.txt date in UTC time and RFC 2822 format
(public issue 335).
* Convert link to the SPIR-V Specification for
flink:VkShaderModuleCreateInfo into an internal link to the normative
reference (public issue 336).
* Add ename:VK_ERROR_OUT_OF_MEMORY error code to
flink:vkCreateDebugReportCallbackEXT (public issue 337).
Internal Issues:
* Update style guide regarding use of code:NULL and dname:VK_NULL_HANDLE
(internal issue 393).
* Change the definition of latexmath:[$q$] in the
<<textures-image-level-selection,texture image level selection>> section
to be the index of the maximum defined level for the view, not the
number of levels in the view (internal issue 406).
* Allow developers to override dname:VK_DEFINE_NON_DISPATCHABLE_HANDLE
with their own binary-compatible definition (internal issue 439).
* Fix +vk_platform.h+ conditional logic causing compile failure with some
Android compilers (internal issue 441).
* Implement the single-branch model as described above (internal issue
Change log for August 12, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.24 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 24 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Fix type mismatch in swapchain image equivalency table (public issue
* Fix a copy-and-paste error in the description of
flink:vkGetSwapchainImagesKHR::pname:pSwapchainImages, that said it
was an array of ``sname:VkSwapchainImageKHR structures'' instead of
an array of ``sname:VkImage handles'' (public issue 292).
* Specify that ename:VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CUBE_COMPATIBLE_BIT is only valid
for ename:VK_IMAGE_TYPE_2D images (public issue 293).
* Add a valid usage statement to flink:vkCmdExecuteCommands saying
that when called outside a render pass instance, the secondary
command buffers must not have been created with the
* Fix description of +VK_NO_STDINT_H+ in the
<<boilerplate-platform-macros,platform macros>> section (public
issue 314).
Internal Issues:
* Normalize the language for the remaining built-in variables in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-In Variables>> section. Fix
code:FrontFacing and code:HelperInvocation, as they should be of
code:boolean type rather than code:integer (internal issue 323).
* Clarify that when ename:VK_WHOLE_SIZE is used for a buffer
descriptor range, the effective range must still be within the max
buffer range (internal issue 426).
* Clarify that command buffers and descriptor sets are allocated
rather than created. Also clarify when the recording state of a
command buffer is relevant (internal issue 434).
Change log for August 5, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.23 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 23 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Add explicit valid value attributes to pname:sType members in vk.xml
(public issue 34).
* Clarify usage of flink:vkGetInstanceProcAddr and
flink:vkGetDeviceProcAddr (public issue 225).
* Fix a copy-and-paste error in the description of
pname:pSwapchainImageCount saying that it was the count of ``format
pairs'' instead of ``swapchain images'' (public issue 292).
* flink:vkCmdExecuteCommandBuffers requires all command buffers to be
allocated from command pools created for the same queue family (public
issue 296).
* Remove bogus +optional+ attribute for
flink:vkEnumerateDeviceLayerProperties::pname:physicalDevice from vk.xml
(public issue 301).
* Clean up the <<resources-image-views-compatibility,image and image view
compatibility table>> reference and contents. Use full enumerant names.
Refer to pname:layerCount in the ``view parameters'' column instead of
pname:arrayLayers. Require N >= 1 for the cube array subview row, not
just arrayLayers >= 6 N (public issue 304).
* Modify description of <<resources-memory-aliasing,memory aliasing>> to
be consistent with the description of
<<resources-bufferimagegranularity,buffer image granularity>> (public
issue 307).
Internal Issues:
* Describe remaining +vk_platform.h+ macros in the <<boilerplate,API
Boilerplate>> appendix (internal issue 6).
* Clarify
feature behavior; what memory can be accessed, how bounds checking is
performed, and allowing for vectorization (internal issue 332).
* Document markup for automatic extraction of reference pages from the
spec sources in the style guide (internal issue 395).
* Allow flink:vkCreateDisplayModeKHR to return
ename:VK_ERROR_INITIALIZAION_FAILED_KHR if the user requests mode
parameters that the specified display does not support (internal issue
* Remove atomic counters (atomic_uint style) from KHR_vulkan_glsl, and
more clearly remove the subroutine keyword alongside it (internal issue
* Clarify behavior of flink:vkCmdBindDescriptorSets for descriptor sets
not contained in the layout (internal issue 427).
Other Commits:
* Change the order in which members of sname:VkAttachmentDescription and
sname:VkPipelineInputAssemblyStateCreateInfo are described to match
their order in the structures.
Change log for July 22, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.22 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 22 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Translate the subpass self-dependency language into concrete
validity statements, and added a validity statement about the
restrictions on layout parameters (public issue 267).
* Add validity requirement that
slink:VkAttachmentDescription::pname:finalLayout and
slink:VkAttachmentReference::pname:layout must not be
ename:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT_PREINITIALIZED (public issue 268).
* Clarify that slink:VkSubpassDescription::pname:pResolveAttachments
layouts are used. Make language consistent with other attachment
arrays (public issue 270).
* Changed 64-bit definition for
dname:VK_DEFINE_NON_DISPATCHABLE_HANDLE to work for x32 platform in
+vk.xml+ and the resulting +vulkan.h+ (public issue 282).
* Add missing error return code for
flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties and
flink:vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties (public issue 285)
* Fix several cases of stext::VkStructName.memberName markup to
stext::VkStructName::pname:memberName, to match other usage in the
spec, and describe this markup in the style guide (public issue
* Modified validity language generation script to avoid redundant
common ancestor language if covered by generic parent language, and
used `Both' instead of `Each' when appropriate (public issue 288).
Internal Issues:
* Add language about behavior of flink:vkAllocateDescriptorSets when
allocation fails due to fragmentation, a new error
ename:VK_ERROR_FRAGMENTED_POOL, and a Note explaining the situation
(internal issue 309).
* For the features of code:PointSize, code:ClipDistance, and
code:CullDistance, the SPIR-V capability is required to be declared
on use (read or write) rather than on decoration (internal issue
* Have desktop versions of GLSL respect precision qualification
(code:mediump and code:lowp) when compiling for Vulkan. These will
get translated to SPIR-V's code:RelaxedPrecision decoration as they
do with OpenGL ES versions of GLSL (ESSL). The default precision of
all types is code:highp when using a desktop version (internal issue
* Add validity statement for slink:VkImageCreateInfo specifying that
multisampled images must be two-dimensional, optimally tiled, and
with a single mipmap level (internal issue 369).
* Add validity statements to slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo disallowing
creation of images or image views with no supported features. Made
some slink:VkImageViewCreateInfo validity statements more precise
and consistent. Added a Note to the <<features,features>> chapter
about formats with no features (internal issue 371).
* Remove +manpages+ from default build targets. Nroff outputs
containing imbedded latexmath will not render properly. Fixing this
is a lot of work for limited use cases (internal issue 401).
Other Commits:
* Fix flink:vkRenderPassBeginInfo::pname:clearValueCount validity
statement to be based on attachment indices rather than the number
of cleared attachments
* Convert registry documentation from LaTeX to asciidoc source and
rename from +src/spec/readme.tex+ to +src/spec/registry.txt+.
* Fix lack of Oxford commas in validity language.
* Lots of cleanup of generator scripts and Makefiles to move extension
list for generator into the script arguments instead of the body of, and express better dependencies between XML, scripts, and
generated files.
Change log for July 15, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.21 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 21 for this update.
Github Issues:
* Clarify how <<features-supported-sample-counts,sample count queries>>
relate to the limits in slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits. (public issue
* Clarify in the <<interfaces-iointerfaces,Shader Input and Output
Interfaces>> section that shader output variables have undefined values
until the shader writes to them (public issue 240).
* Specify the implicit value of image parameters that cannot be set in
slink:VkSwapchainCreateInfo::pname:flags, pname:imageType,
pname:mipLevels, pname:samples, pname:tiling, and pname:initialLayout
(public issue 243).
* Make use of code:NULL and code:VK_NULL_HANDLE consistent in the
VK_KHR_swapchain extension (public issue 276).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify that presenting an image to a display surface swapchain applies
the display surface's mode, and that destroying a display surface
swapchain may reset the display's mode, in the VK_KHR_display_swapchain
extension (internal issue 247).
* Better describe what a slink:VkSurfaceKHR is, and that creating one does
not set a mode, in the VK_KHR_display extension. This is a round-about
way of pointing out that mode setting is not covered by the extension,
but rather is performed as a side effect of presentation (internal issue
* Add more valid usage statements to flink:vkQueuePresentKHR command when
the VK_KHR_display_swapchain extension is present (internal issue
* Add more includes to the VK_KHR_swapchain extension to better document
interactions with VK_KHR_display_swapchain (internal issue 247).
* Clarify restrictions on location aliasing in the
<<fxvertex,Fixed-Function Vertex Processing>> section (internal issue
* Add mathematical description of blitting to flink:vkCmdBlitImage, and
link it to the <<textures,Image Operations>> chapter. Use mathematical
notation for ranges of texel coordinates in the <<textures,Image
Operations>> chapter. Fixed miscellaneous validity statements for
flink:vkCmdBlit and slink:VkImageBlit (internal issue 382).
Other Commits:
* Added a valid usage rule to flink:VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo that the
ename:VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_PATCH_LIST topology must only be used when
tessellation shaders are used.
* Expand the style guide into a formal "Procedures and Conventions"
document. Add a API Naming Conventions section, move most of the API
Specification Appendix C (Layers and Extensions) content into the new
document, and define the resulting procedures as mandatory (where
relevant). This more clearly separates use vs. specification of Vulkan
* Update vk_platform.h to handle 32-bit ARMv8 binaries.
* Various minor cleanups to the Makefile and build process.
Change log for July 8, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.20 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 20 for this
Github Issues:
* Replaced existing reference pages by text automatically extracted from
the specification source, or generated from vk.xml in some cases. This
is not a complete solution for the reference pages, but puts them in a
much better state. The ref pages (only) are now placed under a CC BY
open source license, which is more current than the obsolete license
previously used. Various minor tweaks to the Specification sources were
made to enable this, and a new ``API Boilerplate'' chapter added to
include definitions of all the entities in the API and +vulkan.h+ which
were not already described in some form in the document.
Further improvements to the pages should not edit them directly, but
instead concentrate on the specification source from which the ref pages
are being extracted (public issues 44, 55, 160; internal issue 389).
Change log for July 1, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.19 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 19 for this
Github Issues:
* Clarified how flink:vkGetImageSubresourceLayout interacts with image
layouts (public issue 247).
* Remove ename:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT_PREINITIALIZED from valid usage rule for
slink:VkImageMemoryBarrier::pname:oldLayout. It is only valid if it is
the current layout (public issue 248).
* Modify valid usage for flink:vkBindBufferMemory so implementations are
free to require a different backing memory size than the buffer size
(public issue 251).
* Clarify that filtering rules for flink:vkCmdBlitImage always apply, and
are usually no-ops if the formats are the same (public issue 253).
* Remove 'non-sparse' from description of
flink:vkGetBufferMemoryRequirements and
flink:vkGetImageMemoryRequirements (public issue 257).
* Remove ename:VK_ERROR_LAYER_NOT_PRESENT error code from
flink:vkCreateDevice (public issue 259).
* Change "must: not" to "should: not" in constraint on when
flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR is called in the VK_KHR_swapchain branch
(public issue 262).
* Change type of flink:vkCmdUpdateBuffer::pname:pData from
basetype:uint32_t* to basetype:void* (public issue 263).
* Change should: to must: in description of where additional segments are
placed in the <<[tessellation-tessellator-spacing,Tessellator Spacing>>
section (public issue 264).
Internal Issues:
* Normalize the language of all the compute shader built-ins in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-in Variables>> section (internal
issue 323).
* Remove definition of presentation engine internal queue lengths
associated with ename:VK_PRESENT_MODE_FIFO_KHR and
ename:VK_PRESENT_MODE_FIFO_RELAXED_KHR in the <<Window System
Integration,wsi>> chapter (internal issue 374).
* The language of a Note was too broad, and implied that loaders for a
given OS would statically export functions for WSI extensions that
were not relevant to (or supported on) the OS. Also, removed
"Khronos-provided" since the Android loader is not (internal issue 380)
Other Commits:
* Add ename:VK_INCOMPLETE to list of return values for
flink:vkGetPipelineCacheData. Spec says this value is returnable, but it
was not listed in the error codes.
* Fix "correponds" typo in member definitions for
Change log for June 24, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.18 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 18 for this
Github Issues:
* Added "queue operation" terminology, and modified spec to actually
use this terminology (public issue 155). The act of submitting a
piece of work to a queue now generates "operations" for the queue to
execute, including operations to wait on/signal semaphores and
fences. Synchronization waits on these operations, making execution
dependency chains more obvious for semaphores and fences (though
additional work is still needed here). These changes include:
** Overview of "queue submission" commands in chapter
** Updated descriptions for fence and semaphore waits and signals in
the synchronization chapter <<synchronization-semaphores-waiting>>,
<<synchronization-semaphores-signaling>> and
** Clarifications to semaphore and fence operation within queue
submission functions.
** New glossary terms.
** Moved device idle and queue wait idle to synchronization chapter in
order to describe them in terms of other synchronization
** Clarifications to semaphore and fence operation allowed removal of
the "implicit ordering guarantees" section, as this information is
now wholly covered where these primitives are described.
*** The "host writes" section of this is still there for now - in its
own section. This could probably be merged into other sections
*** Modified fundamentals chapter on queue ordering to make sense in
context of the new changes, and avoid duplication.
* Added "aspect" and "component" definitions to the glossary, and made
sure these terms are referenced correctly (public issue 163).
* Update valid usage for ftext:vkGet*ProcAddr to only include
conditions that must be met to get a valid result. In particular,
it is okay to call flink:vkGetDeviceProcAddr with any string and will
get a code:NULL if that string is not a core Vulkan function or an
enabled extension function (addresses but does not fully close
public issue 214).
* Change the WSI extension dependencies to refer to version 1.0 of the
Vulkan API, instead of the pre-1.0-release internal revisions
numbers (public issue 238).
* Specified that <<interfaces-fragmentoutput,undeclared fragment
shader outputs>> result in undefined values input to the blending
unit or color attachment (public issue 240).
* Fix latexmath:[$\leq$] operators turning into Unicode left arrow symbols
(public issue 245).
Internal Issues:
* Better documented that the registry XML "optional" tag for values
only applies when that value is the size of an array (internal issue
* Add a stronger definition for the valid usages of
VkSpecializationMapEntry.size in the
<<pipelines-specialization-constants,Specialization Constants>>
section (internal issue 345).
* Change code:OpName to code:OpDecorate (along with appropriate
syntax) for vertex shader built-ins (internal issue 368).
* Add missing ref pages (those which are not currently stubs) to
apispec.txt for the single-page version of the ref pages (internal
issue 378).
Other Commits:
* Fix example in the <<descriptorsets,Descriptor Sets>> section to use
M, N, and I, describing set, binding, and index, consistently
throughout the example code.
Change log for June 17, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.17 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 17 for this
Github Issues:
* Update description of vertex shader reuse in
<<shaders-vertex-execution>> (public issue 106).
* Simplify validity language around pname:ppEnabledExtensionNames and
pname:ppEnabledLayerNames (in the <<initialization-instances>> and
<<devsandqueues-device-creation>> sections) (public issue 214).
* Add missing validity rule to flink:vkCmdBeginRenderPass requiring
compatibility between slink:VkAttachmentDescription pname:initalLayout
members and the corresponding attached framebuffer images (public issue
* Fix Unicode arrows appearing in output instead of relational operators
(public issue 239).
* Correctly describe the required number of elements for
code:TessLevelInner and code:TessLevelOuter arrays in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-In Variables>> section as two and
four, respectively, instead of the other way around, and refer to this
section from the <<tessellation,Tessellation>> chapter (public issue
Internal Issues:
* Document deprecation of ename:VK_COLORSPACE_SRGB_NONLINEAR_KHR in the
VK_KHR_surface extension, and of
VK_EXT_debug_report extension (internal issue 328).
* Added language to define what a valid usage statement is and should be,
with a note about some apparent weirdnesses this might entail (internal
issue 357).
Other Commits:
* Added missing ename:VK_ERROR_DEVICE_LOST error to
Change log for June 10, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.16 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 16 for this
Github Issues:
* Clarify that integer border values are meant to be 0/1, and that
integer texture lookups are sign-extended in the
<<textures-format-conversion,Format Conversion>> and
<<textures-texel-replacement,Texel Replacement>> sections (public
issue 52).
* Add logic to generate spec boilerplate without using the 'git'
command-line client, needed when building from a tarball or another
source of the Vulkan tree rather than a cloned git repo. Remove
boilerplate as part of 'clean' target (public issue 195).
* Document that color writes and clears to unused attachments have no
effect for slink:VkClearAttachment and
elink:VkColorComponentFlagBits (public issue 198).
* Fixed flink:vkCmdExecuteCommands validity statement for
sname:VkCommandBufferInheritanceInfo::pname:framebuffer. If used, it
must match the framebuffer in the current renderpass instance
(public issue 226).
* Added valid usage language to require for all functions that set
dynamic state that the currently bound graphics pipeline has the
corresponding dynamic state enabled (public issue 235).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify for flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties, in the
<<extended-functionality-instance-extensions-and-devices, Instance
Extensions and Device Extensions>> section, and in the
<<glossary,Glossary>> section when functionality should be exposed
as an instance extension, as a device extension, or as both
(internal issue 109).
* Place WorkgroupSize in alphabetical order in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-in Variables>> section
(internal issue 323).
* Corrects valid usage in vkEndRenderPass to only affect primary
render passes, as secondaries may be entirely within a render pass,
and should be able to be ended (previous language disallowed that)
(internal issue 338).
* Fix relational operator from <= to >= in the
<<features-extentperimagetype,Allowed Extent Values>> section
(internal issue 343).
* Disallow recursion under SPIR-V entry points in the
<<spirvenv-module-validation,Validation Rules within a Module>>
section (internal SPIR-V issue 37).
Other Commits:
* Use standard Python ElementTree package instead of lxml.etree in
header / validation layer / include autogeneration from XML,
reducing platform dependencies.
Change log for May 27, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.15 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 15 for this
Github Issues:
* Fixed the <<glossary,Glossary>> entry for Fragment Input Attachment
Interface to specify code:UniformConstant storage class (public issue
* Disallow lazily allocated memory for buffers in the description of
slink:VkMemoryRequirements::pname:memoryTypeBits (public issue 196).
* Add numbered figure captions (public issue 219).
* Fix output variable names in the <<fundamentals-fpfixedconv,Conversion
from Floating-Point to Normalized Fixed-Point>> section and related
minor normative language and markup cleanup (public issue 220).
Internal Issues:
* Fix reference to nonexistent etext:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT_TRANSFER_{SRC,DST}BIT
to the actual etext:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT{SRC,DST}_OPTIMAL (internal issue
* Update the <<sparsememory-sparse-memory-aliasing,Sparse Resource
Implementation Guidelines>> to refer to the correct feature names
(internal issue 305).
Change log for May 20, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.14 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 14 for this
Github Issues:
* Fix validity language for sname:VkCommandBufferAllocateInfo to
impose range limits on pname:commandBufferCount (public issue 178).
* Fix validity language for flink:vkCmdExecuteCommands to refer to the
correct structure names (public issue 179).
* Fix two copy-and-paste errors in the WSI queries, where the wrong
term was used for what was being returned (public issue 206).
* Add a note in the documentation of
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceFormatsKHR, about what it means if
ename:VK_FORMAT_UNDEFINED is returned (public issue 207).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify the usage and correct the name for the bitmask referenced in
<<queries-pipestats,Pipeline Statistics Queries>> (internal issue
Other Commits:
* Fix the names of decorations listed in the
<<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-in Variables>> section such
that they match the SPIR-V specification.
Change log for May 13, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.13 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 13 for this
Github Issues:
* Improve the description of ename:VK_PRESENT_MODE_FIFO_RELAXED_KHR in the
VK_KHR_surface extension (public issue 174).
* Clarify use of etext:*_SIMULTANEOUS_USE_BIT for secondary command
buffers (public issue 182).
* Fix typos in VK_KHR_wayland_surface extension where code:wl_device was
used instead of code:wl_display (public issue 193).
* Replaced {apiname} with ``Vulkan'' in XML validity statements (public
issue 199).
* Fix dead links for WSI handle types (public issue 200).
* Use "signaled" instead of "signalled" spelling everywhere (public issue
* Move readme.pdf target directory for XML schema documentation into the
target generation directory, instead of leaving it checked into the spec
source tree (public issue 203).
* Fix duplicate 'which which' typo in description of
elink:VkCommandPoolResetFlagBits (public issue 204).
* Move the <<Programmable Primitive Shading>> section up one level, out of
the <<drawing-primitive-topologies,Primitive Topologies>> section
(public issue 209).
Internal Issues:
* Clarify in the <<pipelines-cache,Pipeline Cache>> section that
implementations should not manage the size of pipeline cache (internal
issue 192).
* Deprecate the concept of device layers and associated commands (internal
issue 255).
* Remove ename:VK_INCOMPLETE from the list of possible result codes of
flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR (internal issue 314).
* Add missing std140/std430 rule: the base alignment of a member following
a structure is a multiple of the structure's base alignment (internal
issue 321).
* Fixes naming of the single elink:VkColorSpaceKHR enum from
VK_KHR_swapchain and VK_KHR_surface extensions to match the style of the
typename (space and color are two words, not one) (internal issue 322).
* Make it clear that code:LocalInvocationID should only be applied to an
input variable and normalize the language describing
code:LocalInvocationID to the language for other compute shader
variables in the <<interfaces-builtin-variables,Built-in Variables>>
section, and add normative language (internal issue 323).
* Clarify in the <<fundamentals-returncodes,Return Codes>> section that
the result pointer may be modified for specific commands, even if a
runtime error is returned (internal issue 324).
Change log for April 29, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.12 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 12 for this
Github Issues:
* Change valid usage statements intended to be "sub-points" to
be actual sub-points (public issue 66).
* Replace double negation in description of
slink:VkRenderPassBeginInfo::pname:pClearValues (based on public
merge 142).
* Cleanup minor typos in spec, ref pages and XML, including those
proposed in public pull requests 144, 150, 151, 167, 168, 181, and
* Use *strict subset* in describing the partial order of memory
property types for slink:VkMemoryType, and update the style guide
accordingly (public issue 190).
* Fix various "a image" -> "an image" typos (public issue 191).
* Note in the <<fundamentals-validusage,Valid Usage>> and
<<extensions-interactions,Extension Interactions>> sections that
structures defined by extensions which may be passed in structure
chains using the ptext:pNext member must include initial
ptext:sType and ptext:pNext members (public issue 192).
Internal Issues:
* Remove duplicate language from the description of the pname:fence
parameter to flink:vkQueueSubmit and improve validity language
(internal issue 91).
* Added documentation for "optional" attribute to XML readme.tex/pdf
(internal issue 149).
* Clarify the host-side data validity rules and behavior of
flink:vkFlushMappedMemoryRanges and
flink:vkInvalidateMappedMemoryRanges (internal issue 266).
Other Commits:
* Added clarification to flink:vkCmdFillBuffer regarding the use of
* Fixed and documented implementation of "validextensionstructs"
attribute. in XML processing scripts and readme.tex/pdf.
* Add missing validity statements to flink:vkResetEvent and
* Fix validity for the
Correct all the draw/dispatch commands to mention optimally tiled
images as well as linear tiled images, and say image VIEWS instead
of images. Add validity statement to flink:vkCmdBlitImage
* Replace the {apiname} macro with hardcoded "Vulkan", now that we have
committed to that name.
* Add the VK_AMD_rasterization_order extension to vk.xml.
Change log for April 22, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.11 spec update:
* Bump API patch number and header version number to 11 for this
Github Issues:
* Clarify the WSI extension language by switching from the fuzzier
"ownership" language to more-consistent "acquire" language (public