What are the benefits of the LunarG Vulkan SDK?
The SDK offers a number of advantages:
- Vulkan, by design, is a very low-level API that provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration with minimized CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance. The SDK provides tools to help you develop to this lower level API.
- The SDK is available for Linux and Windows® operating systems. Because Vulkan is a direct competitor of Microsoft® DirectX12®, Microsoft will not offer Vulkan developer tools for Windows. The SDK provides comprehensive tools for both Linux and Windows operating systems.
- Vulkan is a cross-platform API that supports a range of devices including desktop, mobile, and console. The Vulkan loader and validation layers are canonical pieces that are critical in achieving this cross-platform compatibility. These components are open source, and you can choose to build them. To speed development efforts, the SDK includes the loader and layers already built for you.
- Because Vulkan is a very low-level API, a simple program is much longer to write compared to OpenGL. The included utilities and samples help you learn the process.