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NVIDIA put out new Vulkan Beta Driver with Vulkan Video updates

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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:

  • New:
    • VK_EXT_mutable_descriptor_type
    • VK_EXT_depth_clamp_zero_one
    • 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
  • Fixes:
    • 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.

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Hooly Sep 28, 2022
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I am currently more excited about the eventual 525 driver that is supposed to fix the XWayland sync issues in Prime setups (i.e. hybrid laptops):

QuoteI should also note that the next major driver version (525) will include a partial fix for PRIME systems only. In that case, since Xwayland will be using the open-source drivers which do support general-purpose implicit sync, we only need to ensure we wait for / signal the implicit fence during presentation which can be done in a performant manner.
mr-victory Sep 29, 2022
Quoting: HoolyI am currently more excited about the eventual 525 driver that is supposed to fix the XWayland sync issues in Prime setups (i.e. hybrid laptops):
This is my only major issue remaining on Wayland even if I have already switched to it.
I don't remember experiencing this with the open kernel modules but they have their own set of problems.
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