July 25, 2019
Here's an overview of the recent changes in Zink since the previous post, as well as an exciting announcement!
OK, so I haven't been as good at making frequent updates on as I was hoping, but let's try to make up for it:
Since last time, there's quite a lot of things that has been resolved:
gl_FrontFacinghas been implemented.
gl_PointSizehas been implemented. This means you can use
glPointSize()to specify sizes instead of having to write the
gl_PointSize-output from the vertex shader.
gl_FragDepthhas been implemented.
flatinterpolation qualifiers. This still doesn't give us the right result, because Vulkan only supports the first vertex as the provoking vertex, and OpenGL defaults to the last one. To resolve this in a reasonable way, we need to inject a geometry shader that reorders the vertices, but this hasn't been implemented yet. You can read more about this in this ticket.
In addition to this, there's been a pretty significant rewrite, changing the overall design of Zink. The reason for this, was that I made some early design-mistakes, and after having piled a bit too many features on top of this, I decided that it would be better to get the fundamentals right first.
Sadly, not all features have been brought forward since the rewrite, so we're currently back to OpenGL 2.1 support. Fixing this is on my list of things I want to do, but I suspect that cleaning things up and upstreaming will take presedence over OpenGL 3.0 support.
And just to give you something neat to look at, here's Blender running using Zink:
The talk will be a slightly less tech-heavy introduction to Zink, what it does and what the future holds. It will focus more on the motivation and use cases than the underlying technical difficulties compared to my previous talks.
So, if you're in the area please drop by! A conference pass is not required to attend the BoF, as it's not part of the official SIGGRAPH program
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