Initial release of AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan

Mao, David David.Mao at
Fri Dec 22 11:03:26 UTC 2017

We are pleased to announce the initial release of AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan.

The AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan is an open-source Vulkan driver for Radeon graphics adapters on Linux. It is built on top of AMD's Platform Abstraction Library (PAL), a shared component that is designed to encapsulate certain hardware and OS-specific programming details for many of AMD's 3D and compute drivers. Leveraging PAL can help provide a consistent experience across platforms, including support for recently released GPUs and compatibility with AMD developer tools.

The driver uses the LLVM-Based Pipeline Compiler (LLPC) library to compile shaders that compose a particular VkPipeline object. LLPC builds on LLVM's existing shader compilation infrastructure for AMD GPUs to generate code objects compatible with PAL's pipeline ABI.

The AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan is designed to support the following features:

- Vulkan 1.0

- More than 30 extensions

- Radeon GPUProfiler tracing

- Built-in debug and profiling tools

- Mid-command buffer preemption and SR-IOV virtualization

The following features and improvements are planned in future releases:

- Upcoming versions of the Vulkan API

- Hardware performance counter collection through RenderDoc

- LLPC optimizations to improve GPU-limited performance and compile time

- Optimizations to improve CPU-limited performance

Please refer to  the README file under   for more information.  Looking forward to hearing your feedback.


The AMD driver team for Vulkan

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