AMD is working on Vulkan driver for Linux




AMD is working on a Vulkan driver for Linux, which developers more direct access to the GPU components must provide when creating games for example. The driver will initially remain closed source, but eventually AMD will release the source code.

AMD would test an Vulkan driver for Linux, writes Phoronix based on information the company gave at the XDC 2015 in Canada. It is unclear with which generation of cards, the driver crossing.

Vulkan is a cross-platform API that gives developers access to the deeper layers of the graphics hardware, allowing them to make more optimizations in their software than before. The api was in the past known as Next Generation OpenGL, or glNext but hot since early this year Vulkan. AMD also promised to eventually open source OpenCL support, the company is likely referring to broader support than it already provides to the Clover Gallium3D driver.


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