24. Fixed-Function Vertex Post-Processing

After programmable vertex processing, the following fixed-function operations are applied to vertices of the resulting primitives:

Next, rasterization is performed on primitives as described in chapter Rasterization.

24.1. Transform Feedback

Before any other fixed-function vertex post-processing, vertex outputs from the last shader in the vertex processing stage can be written out to one or more transform feedback buffers bound to the command buffer. To capture vertex outputs the last vertex processing stage shader must be declared with the Xfb execution mode. Outputs decorated with XfbBuffer will be written out to the corresponding transform feedback buffers bound to the command buffer when transform feedback is active. Transform feedback buffers are bound to the command buffer by using vkCmdBindTransformFeedbackBuffersEXT. Transform feedback is made active by calling vkCmdBeginTransformFeedbackEXT and made inactive by calling vkCmdEndTransformFeedbackEXT. After vertex data is written it is possible to use vkCmdDrawIndirectByteCountEXT to start a new draw where the vertexCount is derived from the number of bytes written by a previous transform feedback.

When an individual point, line, or triangle primitive reaches the transform feedback stage while transform feedback is active, the values of the specified output variables are assembled into primitives and appended to the bound transform feedback buffers. After activating transform feedback, the values of the first assembled primitive are written at the starting offsets of the bound transform feedback buffers, and subsequent primitives are appended to the buffer. If the optional pCounterBuffers and pCounterBufferOffsets parameters are specified, the starting points within the transform feedback buffers are adjusted so data is appended to the previously written values indicated by the value stored by the implementation in the counter buffer. When capturing line and triangle primitives, all values from the first vertex output are written first, followed by values of the subsequent vertex outputs.

When capturing vertices, the stride associated with each transform feedback buffer, as indicated by the XfbStride decoration, indicates the number of bytes of storage reserved for each vertex in the transform feedback buffer. For every vertex captured, each output attribute with a Offset decoration will be written to the storage reserved for the vertex at the associated transform feedback buffer. When writing output variables that are arrays or structures, individual array elements or structure members are written tightly packed in order. For vector types, individual components are written in order. For matrix types, outputs are written as an array of column vectors.

If any component of an output with an assigned transform feedback offset was not written to by its shader, the value recorded for that component is undefined. The results of writing an output variable to a transform feedback buffer are undefined if any component of that variable would be written at an offset not aligned to the size of the component, or the component is less than 4 bytes in size. When capturing a vertex, any portion of the reserved storage not associated with an output variable with an assigned transform feedback offset will be unmodified.

When transform feedback is inactive, no vertices are recorded. If there is a valid counter buffer handle and counter buffer offset in the pCounterBuffers and pCounterBufferOffsets arrays, writes to the corresponding transform feedback buffer will start at the byte offset represented by the value stored in the counter buffer location.

Individual lines or triangles of a strip or fan primitive will be extracted and recorded separately. Incomplete primitives are not recorded.

When using a geometry shader that emits vertices to multiple vertex streams, a primitive will be assembled and output for each stream when there are enough vertices emitted for the output primitive type. All outputs assigned to a given transform feedback buffer are required to come from a single vertex stream.

The sizes of the transform feedback buffers are defined by the vkCmdBindTransformFeedbackBuffersEXT pSizes parameter for each of the bound buffers, or the size of the bound buffer, whichever is the lesser. If there is less space remaining in any of the transform feedback buffers than the size of the all the vertex data for that primitive based on the XfbStride for that XfbBuffer then no vertex data of that primitive is recorded in any transform feedback buffer, and the value for the number of primitives written in the corresponding VK_QUERY_TYPE_TRANSFORM_FEEDBACK_STREAM_EXT query for all transform feedback buffers is no longer incremented.

Any outputs made to a XfbBuffer that is not bound to a transform feedback buffer is ignored.

To bind transform feedback buffers to a command buffer for use in subsequent draw commands, call:

void vkCmdBindTransformFeedbackBuffersEXT(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    firstBinding,
    uint32_t                                    bindingCount,
    const VkBuffer*                             pBuffers,
    const VkDeviceSize*                         pOffsets,
    const VkDeviceSize*                         pSizes);
  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command is recorded.

  • firstBinding is the index of the first transform feedback binding whose state is updated by the command.

  • bindingCount is the number of transform feedback bindings whose state is updated by the command.

  • pBuffers is a pointer to an array of buffer handles.

  • pOffsets is a pointer to an array of buffer offsets.

  • pSizes is an optional array of buffer sizes, which specifies the maximum number of bytes to capture to the corresponding transform feedback buffer. If pSizes is NULL, or the value of the pSizes array element is VK_WHOLE_SIZE, then the maximum bytes captured will be the size of the corresponding buffer minus the buffer offset.

The values taken from elements i of pBuffers, pOffsets and pSizes replace the current state for the transform feedback binding firstBinding + i, for i in [0, bindingCount). The transform feedback binding is updated to start at the offset indicated by pOffsets[i] from the start of the buffer pBuffers[i].

Valid Usage
  • VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackFeaturesEXT::transformFeedback must be enabled

  • firstBinding must be less than VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • The sum of firstBinding and bindingCount must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • All elements of pOffsets must be less than the size of the corresponding element in pBuffers

  • All elements of pOffsets must be a multiple of 4

  • All elements of pBuffers must have been created with the VK_BUFFER_USAGE_TRANSFORM_FEEDBACK_BUFFER_BIT_EXT flag

  • If the optional pSize array is specified, each element of pSizes must either be VK_WHOLE_SIZE, or be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBufferSize

  • All elements of pSizes must be less than or equal to the size of the corresponding buffer in pBuffers

  • All elements of pOffsets plus pSizes, where the pSizes, element is not VK_WHOLE_SIZE, must be less than or equal to the size of the corresponding element in pBuffers

  • Each element of pBuffers that is non-sparse must be bound completely and contiguously to a single VkDeviceMemory object

  • Transform feedback must not be active when the vkCmdBindTransformFeedbackBuffersEXT command is recorded

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • pBuffers must be a valid pointer to an array of bindingCount valid VkBuffer handles

  • pOffsets must be a valid pointer to an array of bindingCount VkDeviceSize values

  • If pSizes is not NULL, pSizes must be a valid pointer to an array of bindingCount VkDeviceSize values

  • commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

  • If pSizes is not NULL, bindingCount must be greater than 0

  • Both of commandBuffer, and the elements of pBuffers must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkDevice

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type

Primary
Secondary

Both

Graphics

Transform feedback for specific transform feedback buffers is made active by calling:

void vkCmdBeginTransformFeedbackEXT(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    firstCounterBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    counterBufferCount,
    const VkBuffer*                             pCounterBuffers,
    const VkDeviceSize*                         pCounterBufferOffsets);
  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command is recorded.

  • firstCounterBuffer is the index of the first transform feedback buffer corresponding to pCounterBuffers[0] and pCounterBufferOffsets[0].

  • counterBufferCount is the size of the pCounterBuffers and pCounterBufferOffsets arrays.

  • pCounterBuffers is an optional array of buffer handles to the counter buffers which contain a 4 byte integer value representing the byte offset from the start of the corresponding transform feedback buffer from where to start capturing vertex data. If the byte offset stored to the counter buffer location was done using vkCmdEndTransformFeedbackEXT it can be used to resume transform feedback from the previous location. If pCounterBuffers is NULL, then transform feedback will start capturing vertex data to byte offset zero in all bound transform feedback buffers. For each element of pCounterBuffers that is VK_NULL_HANDLE, transform feedback will start capturing vertex data to byte zero in the corresponding bound transform feedback buffer.

  • pCounterBufferOffsets is an optional array of offsets within each of the pCounterBuffers where the counter values were previously written. The location in each counter buffer at these offsets must be large enough to contain 4 bytes of data. This data is the number of bytes captured by the previous transform feedback to this buffer. If pCounterBufferOffsets is NULL, then it is assumed the offsets are zero.

The active transform feedback buffers will capture primitives emitted from the corresponding XfbBuffer in the bound graphics pipeline. Any XfbBuffer emitted that does not output to an active transform feedback buffer will not be captured.

Valid Usage
  • VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackFeaturesEXT::transformFeedback must be enabled

  • Transform feedback must not be active

  • firstCounterBuffer must be less than VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • The sum of firstCounterBuffer and counterBufferCount must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • For each buffer handle in the array, if it is not VK_NULL_HANDLE it must reference a buffer large enough to hold 4 bytes at the corresponding offset from the pCounterBufferOffsets array

  • If pCounterBuffer is NULL, then pCounterBufferOffsets must also be NULL

  • For each buffer handle in the pCounterBuffers array that is not VK_NULL_HANDLE it must have been created with a usage value containing VK_BUFFER_USAGE_TRANSFORM_FEEDBACK_COUNTER_BUFFER_BIT_EXT

  • Transform feedback must not be made active in a render pass instance with multiview enabled

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • If counterBufferCount is not 0, and pCounterBuffers is not NULL, pCounterBuffers must be a valid pointer to an array of counterBufferCount valid VkBuffer handles

  • If counterBufferCount is not 0, and pCounterBufferOffsets is not NULL, pCounterBufferOffsets must be a valid pointer to an array of counterBufferCount VkDeviceSize values

  • commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

  • This command must only be called inside of a render pass instance

  • Both of commandBuffer, and the elements of pCounterBuffers that are valid handles must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkDevice

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type

Primary
Secondary

Inside

Graphics

Transform feedback for specific transform feedback buffers is made inactive by calling:

void vkCmdEndTransformFeedbackEXT(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    firstCounterBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    counterBufferCount,
    const VkBuffer*                             pCounterBuffers,
    const VkDeviceSize*                         pCounterBufferOffsets);
  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command is recorded.

  • firstCounterBuffer is the index of the first transform feedback buffer corresponding to pCounterBuffers[0] and pCounterBufferOffsets[0].

  • counterBufferCount is the size of the pCounterBuffers and pCounterBufferOffsets arrays.

  • pCounterBuffers is an optional array of buffer handles to the counter buffers used to record the current byte positions of each transform feedback buffer where the next vertex output data would be captured. This can be used by a subsequent vkCmdBeginTransformFeedbackEXT call to resume transform feedback capture from this position. It can also be used by vkCmdDrawIndirectByteCountEXT to determine the vertex count of the draw call.

  • pCounterBufferOffsets is an optional array of offsets within each of the pCounterBuffers where the counter values can be written. The location in each counter buffer at these offsets must be large enough to contain 4 bytes of data. The data stored at this location is the byte offset from the start of the transform feedback buffer binding where the next vertex data would be written. If pCounterBufferOffsets is NULL, then it is assumed the offsets are zero.

Valid Usage
  • VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackFeaturesEXT::transformFeedback must be enabled

  • Transform feedback must be active

  • firstCounterBuffer must be less than VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • The sum of firstCounterBuffer and counterBufferCount must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceTransformFeedbackPropertiesEXT::maxTransformFeedbackBuffers

  • For each buffer handle in the array, if it is not VK_NULL_HANDLE it must reference a buffer large enough to hold 4 bytes at the corresponding offset from the pCounterBufferOffsets array

  • If pCounterBuffer is NULL, then pCounterBufferOffsets must also be NULL

  • For each buffer handle in the pCounterBuffers array that is not VK_NULL_HANDLE it must have been created with a usage value containing VK_BUFFER_USAGE_TRANSFORM_FEEDBACK_COUNTER_BUFFER_BIT_EXT

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • If counterBufferCount is not 0, and pCounterBuffers is not NULL, pCounterBuffers must be a valid pointer to an array of counterBufferCount valid VkBuffer handles

  • If counterBufferCount is not 0, and pCounterBufferOffsets is not NULL, pCounterBufferOffsets must be a valid pointer to an array of counterBufferCount VkDeviceSize values

  • commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

  • This command must only be called inside of a render pass instance

  • Both of commandBuffer, and the elements of pCounterBuffers that are valid handles must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkDevice

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type

Primary
Secondary

Inside

Graphics

24.2. Viewport Swizzle

Each primitive sent to a given viewport has a swizzle and optional negation applied to its clip coordinates. The swizzle that is applied depends on the viewport index, and is controlled by the VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV pipeline state:

typedef struct VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV {
    VkStructureType                                sType;
    const void*                                    pNext;
    VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateFlagsNV    flags;
    uint32_t                                       viewportCount;
    const VkViewportSwizzleNV*                     pViewportSwizzles;
} VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV;
  • sType is the type of this structure.

  • pNext is NULL or a pointer to an extension-specific structure.

  • flags is reserved for future use.

  • viewportCount is the number of viewport swizzles used by the pipeline.

  • pViewportSwizzles is a pointer to an array of VkViewportSwizzleNV structures, defining the viewport swizzles.

Valid Usage
  • viewportCount must match the viewportCount set in VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • sType must be VK_STRUCTURE_TYPE_PIPELINE_VIEWPORT_SWIZZLE_STATE_CREATE_INFO_NV

  • flags must be 0

  • viewportCount must be greater than 0

typedef VkFlags VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateFlagsNV;

VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateFlagsNV is a bitmask type for setting a mask, but is currently reserved for future use.

The VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV state is set by adding an instance of this structure to the pNext chain of an instance of the VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo structure and setting the graphics pipeline state with vkCreateGraphicsPipelines.

Each viewport specified from 0 to viewportCount - 1 has its x,y,z,w swizzle state set to the corresponding x, y, z and w in the VkViewportSwizzleNV structure. Each component is of type VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV, which determines the type of swizzle for that component. The value of x computes the new x component of the position as:

if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_X_NV) x' = x;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_X_NV) x' = -x;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Y_NV) x' = y;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_Y_NV) x' = -y;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Z_NV) x' = z;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_Z_NV) x' = -z;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_W_NV) x' = w;
if (x == VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_W_NV) x' = -w;

Similar selections are performed for the y, z, and w coordinates. This swizzling is applied before clipping and perspective divide. If the swizzle for an active viewport index is not specified, the swizzle for x is VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_X_NV, y is VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Y_NV, z is VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Z_NV and w is VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_W_NV.

Viewport swizzle parameters are specified by setting the pNext pointer of VkGraphicsPipelineCreateInfo to point to an instance of VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV. VkPipelineViewportSwizzleStateCreateInfoNV uses VkViewportSwizzleNV to set the viewport swizzle parameters.

The VkViewportSwizzleNV structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkViewportSwizzleNV {
    VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV    x;
    VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV    y;
    VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV    z;
    VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV    w;
} VkViewportSwizzleNV;
Valid Usage (Implicit)

Possible values of the VkViewportSwizzleNV::x, y, z, and w members, specifying swizzling of the corresponding components of primitives, are:

typedef enum VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV {
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_X_NV = 0,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_X_NV = 1,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Y_NV = 2,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_Y_NV = 3,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_Z_NV = 4,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_Z_NV = 5,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_POSITIVE_W_NV = 6,
    VK_VIEWPORT_COORDINATE_SWIZZLE_NEGATIVE_W_NV = 7,
} VkViewportCoordinateSwizzleNV;

These values are described in detail in Viewport Swizzle.

24.3. Flat Shading

Flat shading a vertex output attribute means to assign all vertices of the primitive the same value for that output.

The output values assigned are those of the provoking vertex of the primitive. The provoking vertex depends on the primitive topology, and is generally the “first” vertex of the primitive. For primitives not processed by tessellation or geometry shaders, the provoking vertex is selected from the input vertices according to the following table.

Table 33. Provoking vertex selection

Primitive type of primitive i

Provoking vertex number

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_POINT_LIST

i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_LINE_LIST

2 i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_LINE_STRIP

i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_LIST

3 i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_STRIP

i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_FAN

i + 1

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_LINE_LIST_WITH_ADJACENCY

4 i + 1

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_LINE_STRIP_WITH_ADJACENCY

i + 1

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_LIST_WITH_ADJACENCY

6 i

VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_STRIP_WITH_ADJACENCY

2 i

Caption

The Provoking vertex selection table defines the output values used for flat shading the ith primitive generated by drawing commands with the indicated primitive type, derived from the corresponding values of the vertex whose index is shown in the table. Primitives and vertices are numbered starting from zero.

Flat shading is applied to those vertex attributes that match fragment input attributes which are decorated as Flat.

If a geometry shader is active, the output primitive topology is either points, line strips, or triangle strips, and the selection of the provoking vertex behaves according to the corresponding row of the table. If a tessellation evaluation shader is active and a geometry shader is not active, the provoking vertex is undefined but must be one of the vertices of the primitive.

24.4. Primitive Clipping

Primitives are culled against the cull volume and then clipped to the clip volume. In clip coordinates, the view volume is defined by:

\[\begin{array}{c} -w_c \leq x_c \leq w_c \\ -w_c \leq y_c \leq w_c \\ 0 \leq z_c \leq w_c \end{array}\]

This view volume can be further restricted by as many as VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxClipDistances client-defined half-spaces.

The cull volume is the intersection of up to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxCullDistances client-defined half-spaces (if no client-defined cull half-spaces are enabled, culling against the cull volume is skipped).

A shader must write a single cull distance for each enabled cull half-space to elements of the CullDistance array. If the cull distance for any enabled cull half-space is negative for all of the vertices of the primitive under consideration, the primitive is discarded. Otherwise the primitive is clipped against the clip volume as defined below.

The clip volume is the intersection of up to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxClipDistances client-defined half-spaces with the view volume (if no client-defined clip half-spaces are enabled, the clip volume is the view volume).

A shader must write a single clip distance for each enabled clip half-space to elements of the ClipDistance array. Clip half-space i is then given by the set of points satisfying the inequality

ci(P) ≥ 0

where ci(P) is the clip distance i at point P. For point primitives, ci(P) is simply the clip distance for the vertex in question. For line and triangle primitives, per-vertex clip distances are interpolated using a weighted mean, with weights derived according to the algorithms described in sections Basic Line Segment Rasterization and Basic Polygon Rasterization, using the perspective interpolation equations.

The number of client-defined clip and cull half-spaces that are enabled is determined by the explicit size of the built-in arrays ClipDistance and CullDistance, respectively, declared as an output in the interface of the entry point of the final shader stage before clipping.

Depth clamping is enabled or disabled via the depthClampEnable enable of the VkPipelineRasterizationStateCreateInfo structure. If depth clamping is enabled, the plane equation

0 ≤ zc ≤ wc

(see the clip volume definition above) is ignored by view volume clipping (effectively, there is no near or far plane clipping).

If the primitive under consideration is a point or line segment, then clipping passes it unchanged if its vertices lie entirely within the clip volume.

Possible values of VkPhysicalDevicePointClippingProperties::pointClippingBehavior, specifying clipping behavior of a point primitive whose vertex lies outside the clip volume, are:

typedef enum VkPointClippingBehavior {
    VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_ALL_CLIP_PLANES = 0,
    VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_USER_CLIP_PLANES_ONLY = 1,
    VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_ALL_CLIP_PLANES_KHR = VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_ALL_CLIP_PLANES,
    VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_USER_CLIP_PLANES_ONLY_KHR = VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_USER_CLIP_PLANES_ONLY,
} VkPointClippingBehavior;

or the equivalent

typedef VkPointClippingBehavior VkPointClippingBehaviorKHR;
  • VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_ALL_CLIP_PLANES specifies that the primitive is discarded if the vertex lies outside any clip plane, including the planes bounding the view volume.

  • VK_POINT_CLIPPING_BEHAVIOR_USER_CLIP_PLANES_ONLY specifies that the primitive is discarded only if the vertex lies outside any user clip plane.

If either of a line segment’s vertices lie outside of the clip volume, the line segment may be clipped, with new vertex coordinates computed for each vertex that lies outside the clip volume. A clipped line segment endpoint lies on both the original line segment and the boundary of the clip volume.

This clipping produces a value, 0 ≤ t ≤ 1, for each clipped vertex. If the coordinates of a clipped vertex are P and the original vertices’ coordinates are P1 and P2, then t is given by

P = t P1 + (1-t) P2.

t is used to clip vertex output attributes as described in Clipping Shader Outputs.

If the primitive is a polygon, it passes unchanged if every one of its edges lie entirely inside the clip volume, and it is discarded if every one of its edges lie entirely outside the clip volume. If the edges of the polygon intersect the boundary of the clip volume, the intersecting edges are reconnected by new edges that lie along the boundary of the clip volume - in some cases requiring the introduction of new vertices into a polygon.

If a polygon intersects an edge of the clip volume’s boundary, the clipped polygon must include a point on this boundary edge.

Primitives rendered with user-defined half-spaces must satisfy a complementarity criterion. Suppose a series of primitives is drawn where each vertex i has a single specified clip distance di (or a number of similarly specified clip distances, if multiple half-spaces are enabled). Next, suppose that the same series of primitives are drawn again with each such clip distance replaced by -di (and the graphics pipeline is otherwise the same). In this case, primitives must not be missing any pixels, and pixels must not be drawn twice in regions where those primitives are cut by the clip planes.

24.5. Clipping Shader Outputs

Next, vertex output attributes are clipped. The output values associated with a vertex that lies within the clip volume are unaffected by clipping. If a primitive is clipped, however, the output values assigned to vertices produced by clipping are clipped.

Let the output values assigned to the two vertices P1 and P2 of an unclipped edge be c1 and c2. The value of t (see Primitive Clipping) for a clipped point P is used to obtain the output value associated with P as

c = t c1 + (1-t) c2.

(Multiplying an output value by a scalar means multiplying each of x, y, z, and w by the scalar.)

Since this computation is performed in clip space before division by wc, clipped output values are perspective-correct.

Polygon clipping creates a clipped vertex along an edge of the clip volume’s boundary. This situation is handled by noting that polygon clipping proceeds by clipping against one half-space at a time. Output value clipping is done in the same way, so that clipped points always occur at the intersection of polygon edges (possibly already clipped) with the clip volume’s boundary.

For vertex output attributes whose matching fragment input attributes are decorated with NoPerspective, the value of t used to obtain the output value associated with P will be adjusted to produce results that vary linearly in framebuffer space.

Output attributes of integer or unsigned integer type must always be flat shaded. Flat shaded attributes are constant over the primitive being rasterized (see Basic Line Segment Rasterization and Basic Polygon Rasterization), and no interpolation is performed. The output value c is taken from either c1 or c2, since flat shading has already occurred and the two values are identical.

24.6. Controlling Viewport W Scaling

If viewport W scaling is enabled, the W component of the clip coordinate is modified by the provided coefficients from the corresponding viewport as follows.

wc' = xcoeff xc + ycoeff yc + wc

The VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV {
    VkStructureType                sType;
    const void*                    pNext;
    VkBool32                       viewportWScalingEnable;
    uint32_t                       viewportCount;
    const VkViewportWScalingNV*    pViewportWScalings;
} VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV;
  • sType is the type of this structure.

  • pNext is NULL or a pointer to an extension-specific structure.

  • viewportWScalingEnable controls whether viewport W scaling is enabled.

  • viewportCount is the number of viewports used by W scaling, and must match the number of viewports in the pipeline if viewport W scaling is enabled.

  • pViewportWScalings is a pointer to an array of VkViewportWScalingNV structures, which define the W scaling parameters for the corresponding viewport. If the viewport W scaling state is dynamic, this member is ignored.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • sType must be VK_STRUCTURE_TYPE_PIPELINE_VIEWPORT_W_SCALING_STATE_CREATE_INFO_NV

  • viewportCount must be greater than 0

The VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV state is set by adding an instance of this structure to the pNext chain of an instance of the VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo structure and setting the graphics pipeline state with vkCreateGraphicsPipelines.

If the bound pipeline state object was not created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT_W_SCALING_NV dynamic state enabled, viewport W scaling parameters are specified using the pViewportWScalings member of VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV in the pipeline state object. If the pipeline state object was created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT_W_SCALING_NV dynamic state enabled, the viewport transformation parameters are dynamically set and changed with the command:

void vkCmdSetViewportWScalingNV(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    firstViewport,
    uint32_t                                    viewportCount,
    const VkViewportWScalingNV*                 pViewportWScalings);
  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded.

  • firstViewport is the index of the first viewport whose parameters are updated by the command.

  • viewportCount is the number of viewports whose parameters are updated by the command.

  • pViewportWScalings is a pointer to an array of VkViewportWScalingNV structures specifying viewport parameters.

The viewport parameters taken from element i of pViewportWScalings replace the current state for the viewport index firstViewport + i, for i in [0, viewportCount).

Valid Usage
  • The bound graphics pipeline must have been created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT_W_SCALING_NV dynamic state enabled

  • firstViewport must be less than VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports

  • The sum of firstViewport and viewportCount must be between 1 and VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports, inclusive

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • pViewportWScalings must be a valid pointer to an array of viewportCount VkViewportWScalingNV structures

  • commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

  • viewportCount must be greater than 0

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type

Primary
Secondary

Both

Graphics

Both VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV and vkCmdSetViewportWScalingNV use VkViewportWScalingNV to set the viewport transformation parameters.

The VkViewportWScalingNV structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkViewportWScalingNV {
    float    xcoeff;
    float    ycoeff;
} VkViewportWScalingNV;
  • xcoeff and ycoeff are the viewport’s W scaling factor for x and y respectively.

24.7. Coordinate Transformations

Clip coordinates for a vertex result from shader execution, which yields a vertex coordinate Position.

Perspective division on clip coordinates yields normalized device coordinates, followed by a viewport transformation (see Controlling the Viewport) to convert these coordinates into framebuffer coordinates.

If a vertex in clip coordinates has a position given by

\[\left(\begin{array}{c} x_c \\ y_c \\ z_c \\ w_c \end{array}\right)\]

then the vertex’s normalized device coordinates are

\[\left( \begin{array}{c} x_d \\ y_d \\ z_d \end{array} \right) = \left( \begin{array}{c} \frac{x_c}{w_c} \\ \frac{y_c}{w_c} \\ \frac{z_c}{w_c} \end{array} \right)\]

24.8. Controlling the Viewport

The viewport transformation is determined by the selected viewport’s width and height in pixels, px and py, respectively, and its center (ox, oy) (also in pixels), as well as its depth range min and max determining a depth range scale value pz and a depth range bias value oz (defined below). The vertex’s framebuffer coordinates (xf, yf, zf) are given by

xf = (px / 2) xd + ox

yf = (py / 2) yd + oy

zf = pz × zd + oz

Multiple viewports are available, numbered zero up to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports minus one. The number of viewports used by a pipeline is controlled by the viewportCount member of the VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo structure used in pipeline creation.

The VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo {
    VkStructureType                       sType;
    const void*                           pNext;
    VkPipelineViewportStateCreateFlags    flags;
    uint32_t                              viewportCount;
    const VkViewport*                     pViewports;
    uint32_t                              scissorCount;
    const VkRect2D*                       pScissors;
} VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo;
  • sType is the type of this structure.

  • pNext is NULL or a pointer to an extension-specific structure.

  • flags is reserved for future use.

  • viewportCount is the number of viewports used by the pipeline.

  • pViewports is a pointer to an array of VkViewport structures, defining the viewport transforms. If the viewport state is dynamic, this member is ignored.

  • scissorCount is the number of scissors and must match the number of viewports.

  • pScissors is a pointer to an array of VkRect2D structures which define the rectangular bounds of the scissor for the corresponding viewport. If the scissor state is dynamic, this member is ignored.

Valid Usage
  • If the multiple viewports feature is not enabled, viewportCount must be 1

  • If the multiple viewports feature is not enabled, scissorCount must be 1

  • viewportCount must be between 1 and VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports, inclusive

  • scissorCount must be between 1 and VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports, inclusive

  • scissorCount and viewportCount must be identical

  • If the viewportWScalingEnable member of a VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV structure chained to the pNext chain is VK_TRUE, the viewportCount member of the VkPipelineViewportWScalingStateCreateInfoNV structure must be equal to viewportCount

Valid Usage (Implicit)
typedef VkFlags VkPipelineViewportStateCreateFlags;

VkPipelineViewportStateCreateFlags is a bitmask type for setting a mask, but is currently reserved for future use.

A vertex processing stage may direct each primitive to zero or more viewports. The destination viewports for a primitive are selected by the last active vertex processing stage that has an output variable decorated with ViewportIndex (selecting a single viewport) or ViewportMaskNV (selecting multiple viewports). The viewport transform uses the viewport corresponding to either the value assigned to ViewportIndex or one of the bits set in ViewportMaskNV, and taken from an implementation-dependent vertex of each primitive. If ViewportIndex or any of the bits in ViewportMaskNV are outside the range zero to viewportCount minus one for a primitive, or if the last active vertex processing stage did not assign a value to either ViewportIndex or ViewportMaskNV for all vertices of a primitive due to flow control, the values resulting from the viewport transformation of the vertices of such primitives are undefined. If the last vertex processing stage does not have an output decorated with ViewportIndex or ViewportMaskNV, the viewport numbered zero is used by the viewport transformation.

A single vertex can be used in more than one individual primitive, in primitives such as VK_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_STRIP. In this case, the viewport transformation is applied separately for each primitive.

If the bound pipeline state object was not created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT dynamic state enabled, viewport transformation parameters are specified using the pViewports member of VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo in the pipeline state object. If the pipeline state object was created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT dynamic state enabled, the viewport transformation parameters are dynamically set and changed with the command:

void vkCmdSetViewport(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    uint32_t                                    firstViewport,
    uint32_t                                    viewportCount,
    const VkViewport*                           pViewports);
  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded.

  • firstViewport is the index of the first viewport whose parameters are updated by the command.

  • viewportCount is the number of viewports whose parameters are updated by the command.

  • pViewports is a pointer to an array of VkViewport structures specifying viewport parameters.

The viewport parameters taken from element i of pViewports replace the current state for the viewport index firstViewport + i, for i in [0, viewportCount).

Valid Usage
  • The bound graphics pipeline must have been created with the VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_VIEWPORT dynamic state enabled

  • firstViewport must be less than VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports

  • The sum of firstViewport and viewportCount must be between 1 and VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewports, inclusive

  • If the multiple viewports feature is not enabled, firstViewport must be 0

  • If the multiple viewports feature is not enabled, viewportCount must be 1

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • pViewports must be a valid pointer to an array of viewportCount valid VkViewport structures

  • commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

  • viewportCount must be greater than 0

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Pipeline Type

Primary
Secondary

Both

Graphics

Both VkPipelineViewportStateCreateInfo and vkCmdSetViewport use VkViewport to set the viewport transformation parameters.

The VkViewport structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkViewport {
    float    x;
    float    y;
    float    width;
    float    height;
    float    minDepth;
    float    maxDepth;
} VkViewport;
  • x and y are the viewport’s upper left corner (x,y).

  • width and height are the viewport’s width and height, respectively.

  • minDepth and maxDepth are the depth range for the viewport. It is valid for minDepth to be greater than or equal to maxDepth.

The framebuffer depth coordinate zf may be represented using either a fixed-point or floating-point representation. However, a floating-point representation must be used if the depth/stencil attachment has a floating-point depth component. If an m-bit fixed-point representation is used, we assume that it represents each value \(\frac{k}{2^m - 1}\), where k ∈ { 0, 1, …​, 2m-1 }, as k (e.g. 1.0 is represented in binary as a string of all ones).

The viewport parameters shown in the above equations are found from these values as

ox = x + width / 2

oy = y + height / 2

oz = minDepth

px = width

py = height

pz = maxDepth - minDepth.

The application can specify a negative term for height, which has the effect of negating the y coordinate in clip space before performing the transform. When using a negative height, the application should also adjust the y value to point to the lower left corner of the viewport instead of the upper left corner. Using the negative height allows the application to avoid having to negate the y component of the Position output from the last vertex processing stage in shaders that also target other graphics APIs.

The width and height of the implementation-dependent maximum viewport dimensions must be greater than or equal to the width and height of the largest image which can be created and attached to a framebuffer.

The floating-point viewport bounds are represented with an implementation-dependent precision.

Valid Usage
  • width must be greater than 0.0

  • width must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewportDimensions[0]

  • The absolute value of height must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxViewportDimensions[1]

  • x must be greater than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[0]

  • (x + width) must be less than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[1]

  • y must be greater than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[0]

  • y must be less than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[1]

  • (y + height) must be greater than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[0]

  • (y + height) must be less than or equal to viewportBoundsRange[1]

  • Unless VK_EXT_depth_range_unrestricted extension is enabled minDepth must be between 0.0 and 1.0, inclusive

  • Unless VK_EXT_depth_range_unrestricted extension is enabled maxDepth must be between 0.0 and 1.0, inclusive