:tada: Turnip is Vulkan 1.1 Conformant :tada:

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Khronos submission indicating Vulkan 1.1 conformance for Turnip on Adreno 618 GPU.

It is a great feat, especially for a driver which is created without hardware documentation. And we support features far from the bare minimum required for conformance.

But first of all, I want to thank and congratulate everyone working on the driver: Connor Abbott, Rob Clark, Emma Anholt, Jonathan Marek, Hyunjun Ko, Samuel Iglesias. And special thanks to Samuel Iglesias and Ricardo Garcia for tirelessly improving Khronos Vulkan Conformance Tests.

At the start of the year, when I started working on Turnip, I looked at the list of failing tests and thought “It wouldn’t take a lot to fix them!”, right, sure… And so I started fixing issues alongside of looking for missing features.

In June there were even more failures than there were in January, how could it be? Of course we were adding new features and it accounted for some of them. However even this list was likely not exhaustive because for gitlab CI instead of running the whole Vulkan CTS suite - we ran 1/3 of it. We didn’t have enough devices to run the whole suite fast enough to make it usable in CI. So I just ran it locally from time to time.

1/3 of the tests doesn’t sound bad and for the most part it’s good enough since we have a huge amount of tests looking like this:


Every format, every operation, etc. Tens of thousands of them.

Unfortunately the selection of tests for a fractional run is as straightforward as possible - just every third test. Which bites us when there a single unique tests, like:


Most of them test something unique that has much higher probability of triggering a special path in a driver compared to uncountable image tests. And they fell through the cracks. I even had to fix one test twice because the CI didn’t run it.

A possible solution is to skip tests only when there is a large swath of them and run smaller groups as-is. But it’s likely more productive to just throw more hardware at the issue =).

Not enough hardware in CI

Another trouble is that we had only one 6xx sub-generation present in CI - Adreno 630. We distinguish four sub-generations. Not only they have some different capabilities, there are also differences in the existing ones, causing the same test to pass on CI and being broken on another newer GPU. Presently in CI we test only Adreno 618 and 630 which are “Gen 1” GPUs and we claimed conformance only for Adreno 618.

Yet another issue is that we could render in tiling and bypass (sysmem) modes. That’s because there are a few features we could support only when there is no tiling and we render directly into the sysmem, and sometimes rendering directly into sysmem is just faster. At the moment we use tiling rendering by default unless we meet an edge case, so by default CTS tests only tiling rendering.

We are forcing sysmem mode for a subset of tests on CI, however it’s not enough because the difference between modes is relevant for more than just a few tests. Thus ideally we should run twice as many tests, and even better would be thrice as many to account for tiling mode without binning vertex shader.

That issue became apparent when I implemented a magical eight-ball to choose between tiling and bypass modes depending on the run-time information in order to squeeze more performance (it’s still work-in-progress). The basic idea is that a single draw call or a few small draw calls is faster to render directly into system memory instead of loading framebuffer into the tile memory and storing it back. But almost every single CTS test does exactly this! Do a single or a few draw calls per render pass, which causes all tests to run in bypass mode. Fun!

Now we would be forced to deal with this issue since with the magic eight-ball games would partly run in the tiling mode and partly in the bypass, making them equally important for real-world workload.

Does conformance matter? Does it reflect anything real-world?

Unfortunately no test suite could wholly reflect what game developers do in their games. However, the amount of tests grows and new tests are getting contributed based on issues found in games and other applications.

When I ran my stash of D3D11 game traces through DXVK on Turnip for the first time - I found a bunch of new crashes and hangs but it took fixing just a few of them for majority of games to render correctly. This shows that Khronos Vulkan Conformance Tests are doing their job and we at Igalia are striving to make them even better.