What are the loader and runtime installer in the LunarG Vulkan SDK?

Loader: Consistent loader behavior across platforms is key to Vulkan. The Khronos-­branded loader binary and installation package is included in the LunarG Vulkan SDK. The loader discovers and manages the Vulkan devices/drivers and layers available to the application.

Runtime installer: The runtime installer has been greatly simplified and has been modified so that it can coexist with the INF installers that drivers use. This means that drivers can now install the Vulkan loader without using a runtime installer. In situations where the runtime installer is still useful (such as applications that need to ensure a loader is present), the runtime is now much simpler, which reduces the chances of bugs, and of it being flagged by antiviruses.

 

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