To retrieve a host virtual address pointer to a region of a mappable memory object, call:
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_0
deviceis the logical device that owns the memory.
memoryis the VkDeviceMemory object to be mapped.
offsetis a zero-based byte offset from the beginning of the memory object.
sizeis the size of the memory range to map, or
VK_WHOLE_SIZEto map from
offsetto the end of the allocation.
flagsis reserved for future use.
ppDatais a pointer to a
void*variable in which a host-accessible pointer to the beginning of the mapped range is returned. This pointer minus
offsetmust be aligned to at least VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::
After a successful call to
vkMapMemory the memory object
is considered to be currently host mapped.
It is an application error to call
vkMapMemory does not check whether the device memory is currently in
use before returning the host-accessible pointer.
The application must guarantee that any previously submitted command that
writes to this range has completed before the host reads from or writes to
that range, and that any previously submitted command that reads from that
range has completed before the host writes to that region (see
here for details on fulfilling
such a guarantee).
If the device memory was allocated without the
VK_MEMORY_PROPERTY_HOST_COHERENT_BIT set, these guarantees must be
made for an extended range: the application must round down the start of
the range to the nearest multiple of
nonCoherentAtomSize, and round the end
of the range up to the nearest multiple of
While a range of device memory is host mapped, the application is responsible for synchronizing both device and host access to that memory range.
It is important for the application developer to become meticulously familiar with all of the mechanisms described in the chapter on Synchronization and Cache Control as they are crucial to maintaining memory access ordering.
vkMapMemory must not return
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.