Vulkan SDK, 工具和驱动程序已为光线追踪做好准备
俄勒冈州彼佛顿市 – 2020年12月15号 – 6:00 AM 太平洋时间 – 今天, 科纳斯组织（Khronos® Group），作为一个由工业界主流公司组成的创建先进的互联标准的开放协会，宣布LunarG发布了Vulkan Software Development Kit (SDK) 184.108.40.206 版本。这个版本对于新的Vulkan光线追踪扩展的完整支持，包括了验证层和升级版GLSL,HLSL, 以及SPIR-V着色工具链的集成。科纳斯开源的 Vulkan Samples 和Vulkan Guide 也已经升级，来诠释光线追踪的技术。最后，随着AMD与英伟达公司交付产品驱动程序，开发者现在可以容易地将Vulkan光线追踪集成到他们的应用中去。
科纳斯在2020年11月发布 了最终版的Vulkan光线追踪扩展，来无缝地集成光线追踪功能与Vulkan的光栅化架构，使得Vulkan成为工业界第一个用于光线追踪加速的具有开放性，跨厂商，跨平台的标准。部署Vulkan 光线追踪，可以使用现有的GPU计算机，或者专用于光线追踪的核心机。Vulkan SDK目前集成了开发者需要的所有元素，这样就不需要使用多个套件库来重建，也可以容易地使用扩展，譬如新的着色工具链。而且Vulkan SDK在SDK验证层里支持光线追踪的验证。
英伟达公司的高级图像系统软件工程师，同时也担任科纳斯Vulkan光线追踪TSG小组主席的Daniel Koch 说，“API规范的发货只是为Vulkan 光线追踪建立开发者生态系统的第一步。我们现在有工具和实例，来真正地能让开发者接触到跨平台光线追踪加速的能量“，”开发者社区的一个主要诉求，是能够容易地把DirectX 12光线追踪 (DXR) 的编码带进Vulkan。通过交付一个仔细设计的DXR的子集，我们已经做到了这一点，并且在DXC开源HLSL编译器里集成了Vulkan的光线追踪支持“。
就如今年早些时候阐述 的，在Vulkan里使用生产就绪型的HLSL, 已经可以通过把一个SPIR-V后端集成进微软的开源HLSL编译器DXC ，来得以实现。Vulkan光线追踪的支持现在已经被集成进DXC，这样便使得开发者能够在Vulkan光线追踪应用里使用HLSL着色器，包括将DXR里面的光线追踪应用移植到Vulkan 。Vulkan也被用作为一种后端，来为那些API (如DirectX 12) 做分层的实施。通过设计Vulkan光线追踪，这些如vkd3d-Proton 之类的项目，能够有效地支持在Vulkan上分层的DXR。
用于产品的Vulkan驱动程序，包括Vulkan光线追踪的扩展，从基于视窗和Linux的AMD Radeon Adrenalin 20.11.3 和 NVIDIA R460 drivers for both GeForce and Quadro 开始，现在正在为AMD和英伟达公司的GPU发货。2021年开始，通过例行的驱动升级来提供驱动支持，英特尔公司的Xe-HPG GPUs也将支持Vulkan光线追踪的扩展。
- Description of the Vulkan Ray Tracing Extensions
- How to use the Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions
- Vulkan Hybrid Rendering Best Practices
- NVIDIA Vulkan Ray Tracing Tutorial
- NVIDIA Mini Path Tracer Tutorial
- NVIDIA Open Source Vulkan Ray Tracing-based glTF Viewer
- Quake II RTX using Vulkan Ray Tracing source on GitHub
- Holochip's use of Vulkan Ray Tracing for Light Field Rendering
科纳斯将会通过Github 上的Vulkan问题追踪器，不断关注开发者对于Vulkan 光线追踪扩展与生态系统动态的反馈。
“4A Games was one of the earliest adopters of hardware level ray tracing by developing the first Real-Time Raytraced Global Illumination system in a video game as released in Metro Exodus, and we are excited at the addition of a vendor agnostic Vulkan implementation in the industry. We look forward to seeing how this technology progresses,” said Oleksandr “Oles” Shyshkovtsov, CTO, 4A Games.
“Standardizing ray tracing in Vulkan is an important step towards making ray tracing available across a wide range of devices, as well as enabling developers to use this technology to its full advantage. AMD supports all of the major features in this extension, including ray shading and ray queries in our AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver. We are also working with developers to ensure great performance from our Vulkan Ray Tracing implementation thanks to hardware ray tracing support on AMD RDNA™ 2 architecture-based graphics cards; these efforts will help us to provide end-users with even more visually stunning graphics on AMD Radeon™ graphics cards,” said Andrej Zdravkovic, senior vice president, software development, AMD.
"During the development of Rage 2 and other games, Vulkan gave us great flexibility when looking at deployment on multiple platforms. As the Apex Engine looks to adopt and avail of the latest hardware developments, it is great to see Vulkan keeping pace and investing in support for cutting edge features like hardware accelerated ray tracing," said John Fuller, managing director, Avalanche Studios Group.
“Being one of the first adopters of Vulkan in our Rocksolid Engine already in 2015, we’re thrilled to now add support for Vulkan Ray Tracing. The first product to feature raytraced effects like reflections and global illumination will be the forthcoming GPUScore benchmark. We’re also working to introduce ray tracing for automotive instrument clusters and other in-car screens and Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions are important enablers for this,” said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Basemark.
"Blender's mission is to get the best of the world's CG technology in the hands of artists as free/open source software. Industry-wide accepted open standards are essential for our goal. For that reason I'm proud to see the industry having agreed on the Vulkan ray tracing API. This is going to be huge! For us, the upcoming ray tracing functionality was a big motivation for why we are working on Vulkan real-time rendering already since 2019," said Ton Roosendaal, chairman Blender Foundation.
“In the past 20 years, rasterization techniques were at the core of innovation in real-time rendering. At Crytek, the Vulkan API is playing a major part in driving advancements in this area, helping us to deliver a high-performance game-engine with outstanding visuals across different platforms and operating systems. We are pleased that Khronos is releasing vendor-independent Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions that define essential functionality for bringing real-time ray tracing to Vulkan supported applications. Similar to the rasterization domain, this extension plays a major part in our plans for offering cutting edge ray-tracing functionality in CRYENGINE, while benefiting greatly from hardware-specific implementations of each vendor,” said Theodor Mader, technical director, CRYENGINE/Crytek.
“With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Dassault Systèmes provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations for today and tomorrow. Our rendering technology serves a multitude of industries and use-cases, ranging from high-performance, real-time scenarios to high-quality GI and physical light simulation. Vulkan Ray Tracing enables us to bring hardware accelerated ray tracing into the hands of our users in a cross-platform and vendor agnostic way. This is huge!” said Nicolas Jean, R&D technology rendering manager, Dassault Systèmes.
“At EA we inspire the world to play and are dedicated to jointly developing open standards that empower developers to push creative boundaries for compute and graphics, like Vulkan Ray Tracing. We are excited about this release from Khronos as it will pioneer future innovations that deliver extraordinary experiences for players.” said Colin Barré-Brisebois, head of technology at SEED, Electronic Arts.
“At Epic Games we have always been committed to the advancement of open standards and cross-platform systems that give people freedom of choice and control over their creativity. As early adopters of ray tracing technologies we are thrilled to see Khronos releasing Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions as part of the Vulkan SDK and we’re excited about the possibilities that this release opens up for Unreal Engine creators.” said Juan Cañada, Ray Tracing Lead Engineer, Epic Games.
“Holochip develops light field technology for the U.S. military and is incorporating glasses-free 3D visualization capabilities into existing environments. The Vulkan SDK Ray Tracing release will enable wide adoption of Holochip’s real-time light-field rendering solutions across numerous display devices - from headsets, lenticular screen, tabletop, CAVE and volumetric displays to next-generation holographic and other 3D displays. This release paves the way for military environments to benefit from the technical advances in the commercial 3D imaging and ray tracing markets. These advances will provide greater situational awareness across land, sea, space and cyber, leading to greater effectiveness, cost savings and risk reduction in areas such as Command and Control (C2), planning, training, maintenance and medicine. Click here to learn more about Holochip’s real-time light-field rendering solutions,” said Robert Batchko CEO of Holochip Corporation.
“Imagination Technologies has a decade-long commitment to creating innovative ray tracing hardware IP across a wide spectrum of platforms. The release of Vulkan’s ray tracing framework will give developers unrivalled freedom to create applications across our hardware platforms and provide new, unique graphical experiences on a variety of upcoming mobile devices,” said Mark Butler, vice president of software engineering Imagination Technologies.
“At Intel Architecture Day 2020, we announced that new GPUs based on the gaming-optimized Xe-HPG architecture will be available in 2021 and feature hardware acceleration for ray tracing. We're thrilled to see Khronos push graphics forward with new ray tracing extensions and we look forward to providing driver updates and additional details when we launch next year,” said Lisa Pearce, vice president, Intel Architecture, graphics and software.
“The Glacier Engine has a Vulkan backend that powers HITMAN3 on Stadia. At IO Interactive we follow with interest the evolution of the API and the upcoming extensions. Ray Tracing is a topic we're actively working on for our games, so we're very excited to see hardware agnostic support coming into Vulkan,” said Maurizio De Pascale, CTO, IO Interactive A/S.
“The arrival of a vendor agnostic approach to hardware accelerated ray tracing in Vulkan will impact our industry in a similar fashion as the arrival of hardware transform & lighting, flexible shaders, or compute shaders did. I for one am looking forward to seeing how it’s going to be used,” said Jim Kjellin, CTO, MachineGames AB.
“NVIDIA has taken a leadership role in bringing ray tracing to Vulkan, enabling developers with cross-platform access to RTX acceleration. Today we are rolling out Vulkan Ray Tracing in our production drivers and have upgraded Quake II RTX to be the world’s first cross-vendor ray tracing Vulkan application,” said Dwight Diercks, senior vice president of software engineering, NVIDIA.
“Vulkan Ray Tracing is a milestone for the computer graphics industry at large. For the first time, graphics developers are able to leverage hardware ray tracing through a fully performant, cross platform and vendor agnostic API. OTOY is thrilled to have participated in the Khronos Group's development and ratification of the new Vulkan Ray Tracing extensions. We are actively using these extensions to deploy future Vulkan versions of OctaneRender - OTOY's industry-leading cinematic GPU spectral path-tracer - as well as forthcoming Vulkan releases of OTOY's AnimeRender, Brigade, Sculptron and RNDR," said Jules Urbach, CEO, OTOY Inc.
“Quantic Dream are currently implementing ray tracing into our upcoming projects with the help of the new Vulkan ray tracing extensions. It allows us to improve our graphics tremendously and we can’t wait to share the results! In general we find the arrival of vendor agnostic ray tracing to be an excellent development for the industry," said Ronan Marchalot, Quantic Dream
“SiliconArts is excited to support the Vulkan cross platform ray tracing API with options for hybrid rendering. This expands the potential for both content creators and new cloud and client rendering architectures,” Dr. Hyungmin Yoon, CEO and founder, SiliconArts.
“The arrival of a hardware agnostic ray tracing API is a great development for the graphics industry, arguably it's one of the most exciting things to have happened in recent years. At Traverse Research, we're heavily invested in the future of ray tracing as a technology and we are able to bring our expertise in this area to a range of companies. We're very excited about this announcement, and have been involved in this effort since its earliest days,” said Jasper Bekker, founder, Traverse Research.
“Cross-platform raytracing is a big deal. We are excited about the possibilities this opens up for our partners and customers,” said Don Holden, software engineer, Valve.
科纳斯组织是一个由150家主流的硬件和软件公司所组成的开放，非赢利，会员驱动的工业协会。该协会创建先进的，免版税的，在3D图像，增强和虚拟现实，并行编程，视觉加速，和机器学习方面的互通性标准。科纳斯的活动包括 Vulkan®, OpenGL®, OpenGL® ES, WebGL™, SPIR-V™, OpenCL™, SYCL™, OpenVX™, NNEF™, OpenXR™, 3D Commerce™，ANARITM 和glTF™。科纳斯会员驱动科纳斯规范的开发和演进，通过早期介入规范的草案拟定和一致性测试，使得他们能够加速交付自己尖端的平台及应用。