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Graphics: AMDVLK 2021.Q3.2 and Mesa 21.2.0 RC2 Released

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  • AMDVLK 2021.Q3.2 Released With New Extensions, Implicit External Sync For All GPUs

    AMDVLK 2021.Q3.2 is this new release and is headlined by the Vulkan extensions of VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2 and VK_KHR_copy_commands2 now being supported.

    VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2 was introduced with Vulkan 1.2.176 earlier this year and is an update to the extension introduced last year around providing additional dynamic state for reducing the amount of pipeline state objects being compiled and binded. The VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2 has various clarifications and improvements over the original extended dynamic state handling extension. VK_KHR_copy_commands2 meanwhile provides extensible versions of the Vulkan buffer and image copy commands. This extension allows for using extensible structures for extension-specific information not allowed in the original copy commands extension.

  • mesa 21.2.0-rc2
    Hi list,
    
    Following our regularly weekly schedule, here is Mesa 21.2.0-rc2. This
    was a nice easy one with no real conflicts, and only one patch needed to
    make nominated patches work. We've got fixes going in all over the place
    here, with radv being the single biggest thing. All in all this shaped
    up really nicely.
    
    Cheers,
    Dylan
    
    
  • Mesa 21.2-rc2 Released With An Initial Batch Of Fixes - Phoronix

    Mesa 21.2 continues stabilizing for a planned release in August while released overnight was Mesa 21.2-rc2 as the newest weekly release candidate.

    Mesa 21.2 branched last week with the new Intel Crocus Gallium3D driver in tow for Haswell and older, early work on Apple M1 graphics support, more mature Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan support, OpenGL ES 3.1 for Panfrost, NGG culling and other features for RADV, and a wide variety of other improvements especially to the Intel and Radeon open-source Vulkan drivers.

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