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Getting started with Vulkan

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Our next event about Vulkan - the new graphics & compute API from Khronos is now confirmed.

Come along to the Getting started with Vulkan Khronos UK Chapter event on Wednesday 6th April at Imperial College London.

Vulkan is a new generation graphics and compute API that provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms. Khronos launched the Vulkan 1.0 specification on February 16th, 2016 and Khronos members released Vulkan drivers and SDKs on the same day. More info: (


5:30pm – Networking, demos (facilitated by beer and pizzas!)

- Vulkan demos from ARM, Imagination, NVIDIA and Samsung to play with!

- Let us know if you have a demo you'd like to show

6:30pm – Technical Presentations
We start with an overview of what Vulkan is and why it's important, and then we dive into the details and show how to get started using it. Speakers confirmed so far include:

- Welcome & overview – Alon Or-bach, Samsung R&D Institute UK

- Avoiding surprises: prepare in advance – Michael Worcester, Imagination Technologies – a guide to command buffers, render passes and pipelines in Vulkan

- Pipelining memory operations – Chris Hebert, NVIDIA

- Swapchains: Unchained – Alon Or-bach, Samsung R&D Institute UK – a guide to how Vulkan hooks up to window systems

- SPIR-V and GLSL for Vulkan – Neil Hickey, ARM

8pm – Panel Discussion & Q&A

Theme: The need for Vulkan, and how it fits alongside the OpenGL ES, OpenGL and OpenCL APIs - lead by your questions - so come armed with tough ones!


• Benjamin Coquelle, AMD

• Andrew Garrard, Samsung R&D Institute UK

• Damien Mabin, Google

• Robert Simpson, Qualcomm

• Kenneth Benzie, Codeplay

9pm – Close & After-Event Drinks

• Retire to a local tavern to continue the discussions

Space is limited - and pizzas might be too - so please be sure to arrive on time to avoid disappointment. If you're unable to make it, please update us so we can offer someone else attendance.


Imperial College London Campus Map (

Doors will be security locked after 6pm, but Imperial College students/staff will be ferrying people in arriving late. We recommend you arrive before 6pm to guarantee entry as we expect to be fully subscribed