It seems a recent trademark request from 'The Khronos Group Inc.' includes a new API named ‘VULKAN’.
You can see the full listing here, and it is described as this:
QuoteComputer software, namely application programming interfaces for the purpose of creating, rendering, and displaying 2D and 3D computer graphics; computer software, namely application programming interfaces for the purpose of accessing parallel computing resources; downloadable specifications for the aforementioned goods
Not the best timing considering our beloved actor Leonard Nimoy recently passed away, who was known for being a 'Vulcan' named Spock (amongst many other things). It would have been nice if it was a tribute, but it was filed before the reports of his passing.
A name doesn't mean all that much, so we will hopefully see some demonstrations of it next week at GDC. If this is the new official name, I approve.
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