NVIDIA has released a new version of their Vulkan Beta Driver, with new extensions supported and updates to their support of the newer Vulkan Video. What is Vulkan Video? It's the attempt to add in hardware accelerated video compression and decompression into the Vulkan API.
Driver version 515.49.18 is now available, although as a reminder this series is mainly aimed at developers so if you're a normal user not looking to test out newer features, stick with their mainline stable driver series.
Here's what's new:
- Provisional Vulkan video extension updates:
- VK_KHR_video_queue: 4 -> 6
- VK_KHR_video_decode_queue: 4 -> 6
- VK_KHR_video_encode_queue: 5 -> 7
- VK_EXT_video_decode_h264: 5 -> 7
- VK_EXT_video_decode_h265: 3 -> 5
- VK_EXT_video_encode_h264: 7 -> 9
- Note: these changes are not backwards compatible with the old revisions so applications using the old revisions will need to be updated to continue working
- Fixed possible multi-threaded pipeline creation stall when VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_FAIL_ON_PIPELINE_COMPILE_REQUIRED_BIT is used
- Fixed support for image load/store/atomics with linear images
- open-gpu-kernel-modules release:
The latest stable version for gaming is driver 515.57, released back in June.