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 AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ Release Notes

Article Number: RN-LINUX-RADEON-VULKAN-BETA

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This article provides information on the AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™1

The content of this document is organized into the following sections:

 
    • Package Contents
    • Driver Download Link
    • Installation Instructions
    • AMD Product Compatibility
    • Compatible Operating Systems
    • Highlights
    • Important Notes
    • What is Vulkan™
    • Known Limitations
    • Known Issues​

IMPORTANT NOTE
This driver package is the first public Beta release of AMD​​​ GPU-PRO Stack, please refer to Highlights and Known Limitations for more details

Package Contents
 The AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ contains the following:

    • AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ Version 16.20 for Ubuntu 16.04

The AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ can be downloaded from the following link:

By clicking the link below to download the driver, you are confirming that you have read and agree to be bound by the End User License Agreement. Your download will begin immediately after clicking on the link. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you do not have a license or permission to use and/or download the software.

Installing the AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™:
For detailed instructions on how to correctly uninstall or install the AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™, please refer to the following KB article:

To use AMD Vulkan driver in this driver stack, the LunarG Vulkan loader needs to be installed, please refer to the following support KB article for instructions:

AMD Product Compatibility
The AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Product Family Compatibility ​ ​
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R9 380X Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R9 380 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R9 285 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X Graphics 

 
Compatible Operating Systems

The AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™​ is designed to support the following operating system:

    • ​​Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit version)

Highlights

  • ​Supported APIs:
    • ​OpenGL 4.5 and GLX 1.4
    • OpenCL 1.2
    • Vulkan 1.0
    • VDPAU
    • DOTA 2 Game support (Vulkan™ enabled)
  • ​​Basic display features
  • Basic power management features
  • KMS (Kernel Mode Setting) and ADF (Atomic Display Framework) support
  • GPL compliant kernel module
  • Install script and Debian packages for Ubuntu 16.04

Important Notes

  • This product is based on a published Khronos Vulkan specification and this beta driver is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Test Process. Current conformance status can be found at  https://www.khronos.org/conformance/
  • This driver is intended as beta level support for use solely with Vulkan applications and as such some driver functionality has been removed. This is including, but not limited to, support for other Graphics APIs, Radeon Settings and other Radeon Software driver features.

What is Vulkan™?

As a complement to OpenGL, descended from AMD's Mantle, and forged by the industry, Vulkan™ is a powerful low-overhead graphics API that gives software developers deep control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon™ GPUs and multi-core CPUs. More information on Vulkan™ can be found here. More information on the latest Vulkan™-related news for AMD products ​can be found here.

Known Limitations

  • ​Current driver is only validated for the products listed on the AMD Product Compatibility table.
  • Multi-GPU features are not supported
  • Only basic display and power features are enabled and validated
  • RandR 1.4 features are not validated
  • OpenCL features are not fully validated
  • Workstation features are not supported
  • Suspend to disk (S4) is not supported
  • Certain driver functionality has been removed

1.  Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc


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