Great news for the Vulkan API and for fans of the Raspberry Pi 4, as the upcoming V3DV that will be part of the next Mesa release is now an official conforming driver.
Sharing the news on the official RPi blog, guest poster Iago Toral from Igalia announced that nearly a year after being first announced, the V3DV Vulkan driver for the Raspberry Pi 4 now passes The Khronos Group's Vulkan 1.0 conformance tests and is now officially listed.
The idea of these conformance tests are so The Khronos Group can ensure consistent implementations of Vulkan, across all different vendors. It also means they can now use the Vulkan logo to show it off and officially call it "compliant" or "conformant". It's a big deal for a little board.
Work is still to be done, as Toral mentioned this is not the end of the journey but a big milestone. They're continuing to expand the supported Vulkan feature set, improved performance and work on bugs. Since it's now officially part of Mesa, the V3DV will be widely available with Mesa 20.3 which will release hopefully soon.
If you own a Raspberry Pi 4, will you be testing out the Vulkan support? Let us know in the comments what your plans are.
In other Raspberry Pi news, did you see the Raspberry Pi 400 announced recently? Check that out here.