C Specification

If the pNext chain of VkCommandBufferBeginInfo includes a VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo structure, then that structure includes an initial device mask for the command buffer.

The VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo structure is defined as:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
typedef struct VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo {
    VkStructureType    sType;
    const void*        pNext;
    uint32_t           deviceMask;
} VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo;


  • sType is a VkStructureType value identifying this structure.

  • pNext is NULL or a pointer to a structure extending this structure.

  • deviceMask is the initial value of the command buffer’s device mask.


The initial device mask also acts as an upper bound on the set of devices that can ever be in the device mask in the command buffer.

If this structure is not present, the initial value of a command buffer’s device mask is set to include all physical devices in the logical device when the command buffer begins recording.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo-deviceMask-00106
    deviceMask must be a valid device mask value

  • VUID-VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo-deviceMask-00107
    deviceMask must not be zero

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-VkDeviceGroupCommandBufferBeginInfo-sType-sType

See Also

Document Notes

For more information, see the Vulkan Specification

This page is extracted from the Vulkan Specification. Fixes and changes should be made to the Specification, not directly.

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