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Extension and Version Dependencies

SPIR-V Dependencies


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Interactions and External Dependencies
  • Faith Ekstrand, Intel


This extension allows a shader to perform 16-bit floating-point atomic operations on buffer and workgroup memory as well as floating-point atomic minimum and maximum operations on buffer, workgroup, and image memory. It advertises the SPIR-V AtomicFloat16AddEXT capability which allows atomic add operations on 16-bit floating-point numbers and the SPIR-V AtomicFloat16MinMaxEXT, AtomicFloat32MinMaxEXT and AtomicFloat64MinMaxEXT capabilities which allow atomic minimum and maximum operations on floating-point numbers. The supported operations include OpAtomicFAddEXT, OpAtomicFMinEXT and OpAtomicFMaxEXT.

New Structures

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  • Extending VkStructureType:



1) Should this extension add support for 16-bit image atomics?

RESOLVED: No. While Vulkan supports creating storage images with VK_FORMAT_R16_SFLOAT and doing load and store on them, the data in the shader has a 32-bit representation. Vulkan currently has no facility for even basic reading or writing such images using 16-bit float values in the shader. Adding such functionality would be required before 16-bit image atomics would make sense and is outside the scope of this extension.

New SPIR-V Capabilities

Version History

  • Revision 1, 2020-08-14 (Faith Ekstrand)

    • Internal revisions

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