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Vulkan: The Future of High Performance Graphics

A technical preview of the Vulkan API, with advanced techniques and live demos of real-world applications running on Vulkan drivers and hardware.

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10:00am-11:00am: glNext (now named Vulkan): The Future of High Performance Graphics (Presented by Valve)

Talk description:

A technical preview of the Vulkan API, with advanced techniques and live demos of real-world applications running on Vulkan drivers and hardware.

Gabe Newell on Vulkan:

Valve and the other Khronos members are working hard to ensure that this high-performance graphics interface is made available as widely as possible and we view it as a critical component of SteamOS and future Valve games. (source)

Road to VR is also liveblogging here.

If you're interested in all things Vulkan you should probably follow their liveblog. We'll be focusing on Valve related things.

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Previous updates (oldest first)

17:07 UTC ·

Before the panel starts, read the overview PDF for an orientation as to what Vulkan is and how it works.

Here's a screencap of a tool Valve (together with others) is working on for debugging/replaying Vulkan traces.

17:18 UTC ·

Here's a demo of the debugging tool Valve is working on together with LunarG. Dota 2 is featured, running on the (probably) Vulkan version of Source 2.

17:41 UTC ·

It looks like we might be seeing some Source 2 stuff, one of the monitors mentions Source 2.

17:46 UTC ·

Talk will be using the Source 2 version of Dota 2 running on Vulkan.

17:53 UTC ·

Valve testing out some more Dota 2/Source 2 stuff before starting the talk. Bunch of particles on the screen.

18:06 UTC ·

Talk has started. Meanwhile Valve just pushed out the Steam Machines to the Steam Store. Check them out here.

18:08 UTC ·

18:14 UTC ·
18:15 UTC ·

18:21 UTC ·

Valve currently showing Dota 2 running on the Vulkan version of Source 2. We might have a video for you soon.

18:28 UTC ·

Here's a video of Dota 2 running on Source 2 (Vulkan edition) from PC Perspective. We'll see if we can get our own video up later.

18:48 UTC ·

19:02 UTC ·

Valve's showing off the GLAVE debugger. Open-source debugger tool for Vulkan. Check the bottom of the post for a screenshot and a demo video that were posted earlier.

19:12 UTC ·

Someone asked about Vulkan support for current hardware, response was that driver support depends on the pressure people put on hardware manufacturers to release them. Someone also asked about whether Vulkan will be supported on consoles as well, they didn't know about specific plans but the outlook was good.

19:13 UTC ·

It looks like that was the end of the talk, we'll see if we can get that Source 2/Dota 2 demo video up later but convention WiFi seems to be having some issues right now. Thanks for reading!

19:15 UTC ·

Quick shout-out to the developer of Delver for helping us get to the Vulkan talk!

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