[Mesa-dev] Vulkan on CPU Google Summer of Code project

Jacob Lifshay programmerjake at gmail.com
Tue Aug 29 03:35:43 UTC 2017

GSOC 2017 is effectively over for me, Here's the link to the GSOC landing
page that I will be submitting later:

I've only completed part of the Vulkan on CPU project:
- I've completely implemented generating the SPIR-V parser from Khronos's
JSON grammar description files.
- I've completely implemented using LLVM ORC as the JIT compiler back-end.
I implemented a ORC layer that integrates with the old JITEventListener
interface, allowing me to use LLVM's debugger integration.
- I've developed this project on GNU/Linux, so it has complete support.

- I've partially implemented translating from SPIR-V to LLVM IR.
- I've partially implemented generating a graphics pipeline by compiling
several shaders together.
- I've partially implemented image support: currently only
- I have a temporary rasterizer implementation: I've implemented a scanline
rasterizer just to get stuff to draw, I'm planning on replacing it with the
originally-planned tiled binning rasterizer.
- I have less than 5 functions to implement before it will work on Win32,
mostly filesystem support.
- I've not yet started implementing the actual Vulkan ICD interface.
- I've not yet started implementing the Whole-function vectorization pass.
- I've not yet started implementing support for other platforms, however,
it should compile and run without problems on most Unix systems.

Some interesting things I learned:
- Vulkan doesn't actually specify using the top-left fill rule. (I couldn't
find it in the rasterization section of the Vulkan specification.)
- SPIR-V is surprisingly complicated to parse for an IR that's designed to
be simple to parse. OpSwitch requires you to determine the bit-width of the
value being switched on before you can parse the list of cases. See

I had gotten delayed by my implementing a SPIR-V parser myself. In
hindsight, the amount of time needed to run the SPIR-V to LLVM IR
translator is dwarfed by running LLVM's optimizations, so I could have just
used the SPIR-V parser that Khronos has already written as it's fast enough.

Jacob Lifshay
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