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JeGX:
The Khronos Group has just updated the specifications of the Vulkan API.

Here are the changes:

--- Quote --- * Bump API patch number from 3 to 4 for the first public update to the
    spec. Add patch number to the spec title (this will be done
    automatically from XML, later).
  * Fixes for numerous editorial issues. Regularize descriptions of
    variable-length array queries. Properly tag enumerants so they come
    out in the right font (many were mislabeled in usage tags in vk.xml,
    or not tagged). Spelling and markup corrections (public issue 4).
  * Fix typos and clearly separate description of different types of
    memory areas (public issue 5).
  * Use standards-compliant preprocessor guard symbols on headers
    (public issue 7).
  * Note that Github users can't currently set labels on issues, and
    recommend a fallback approach (public issue 15).
  * Use latexmath prefix on len= attributes (public issue 29).
  * Make flink:vkCmdUpdateBuffer pname:dataSize limit consistent (public
    issue 65).
  * Add VK_KHR_mirror_clamp_to_edge extension to core API branch, as an
    optional feature not introducing new commands or enums (internal
    issue 104).
  * Cleanup invariance language inherited from the GL specification to
    not refer to nonexistent (GL-specific) state (internal issue 111).
  * Modify the flink:vkCmdDrawIndexed pname:vertexOffset definition to
    not be the "base offset within the index buffer" but rather the
    "value added to the vertex index before indexing into the vertex
    buffer" (internal issue 118).
  * Fix drawing chapter in the "Programmable Primitive Shading" section
    where it described categories of drawing commands. It referenced
    flink:vkCmdDrawIndexed twice. Replace the second reference with
    flink:vkCmdDrawIndexedIndirect (internal issue 119).
  * Typo fixed in <<sparsememory-examples-advanced,Advanced Sparse
    Resources>> sparse memory example (internal issue 122).
  * Add flink:VkDisplayPlaneAlphaFlagsKHR to <require> section of
    VK_KHR_display extension (internal issue 125)
  * Add missing optional="false,true" to
    flink:vkGetImageSparseMemoryRequirements
    pname:pSparseMemoryRequirementCount parameter (internal issue 132)
  * Rename ename:VK_STRUCTURE_TYPE_DEBUG_REPORT_CREATE_INFO_EXT to
    ename:VK_STRUCTURE_TYPE_DEBUG_REPORT_CALLBACK_CREATE_INFO_EXT
    (internal issue 133)
  * Fix a handful of broken cross-references in the
    <<samplers,Samplers>> chapter (internal issue 134).
  * Fix "Input Attachement" GLSL example to use correct syntax (internal
    issue 135).
  * Update XML schema and documentation to accomodate recently added
    attributes for validity. Add some introductory material describing
    design choices and pointing to the public repository to file issues.
  * Put include of validity in the core spec extensions chapter on its
    own line, so that asciidoc is happy.
  * Fix vertexOffset language to specify that it's the value added to
    the vertex index before indexing into the vertex buffer, not the
    base offset within the index buffer.
  * Fix error in the description of flink:vkCmdNextSubpass.

--- End quote ---

Link: https://www.khronos.org/registry/vulkan/

Vulkan resource list: http://www.geeks3d.com/20160205/vulkan-programming-resources-list/

JeGX:

--- Quote ---* Bump API patch number and header version number to 6 for this
    update.

Github Issues:
  * Define 'invocation group' for compute and graphics shaders. Cleanup
    definition and use of 'workgroup', and add glossary entries (public
    issue 1).
  * Various minor editorial fixes (public issue 33).
  * Clarify locations for block members in the
    &lt;&lt;interfaces-iointerfaces-locations,Location Assignment>>
    section (public issue 45).
  * Editorial fixes for &lt;&lt;commandbuffer-allocation,Command Buffer
    Allocation>> section (public issues 54, 59).
  * Clarify behavior of depth test in the &lt;&lt;fragops-depth,Depth
    Test&gt;&gt; section (public issues 80, 81).
  * Remove discussion of return codes from
    flink:vkGetPhysicalDeviceSparseImageFormatProperties and
    flink:vkGetImageSparseMemoryRequirements, which don't return values
    (public issue 82).
  * Allow flink:vkCmdDrawIndirect and flink:vkCmdDrawIndexedIndirect
    pname:drawCount of 0, as well as 1, when the multiDrawIndirect
    feature is not supported (public issue 88).
  * Remove confusing wording in the &lt;&lt;features-limits,Limits>>
    section describing the slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits
    pname:minTexelBufferOffsetAlignment,
    pname:minUniformBufferOffsetAlignment, and
    pname:minStorageBufferOffsetAlignment members as both minimums and
    maximums (public issue 91).
  * Clarified that only the RGB components should be affected in places
    where sRGB is referred to in the spec, such as ASTC formats. Minor
    re-wording to avoid "color space" when actively incorrect, now that
    we refer to the Data Format Spec which actually makes a distinction
    between color space and transfer function (public issue 94).
  * Treat pname:pPropertyCount == 0 consistently in
    flink:vkEnumerateInstanceLayerProperties and
    flink:vkEnumerateDeviceLayerProperties (public issue 99)
  * Cleanup minor editorial issues in chapters 14-17 (public issue 100).
  * Clarify definition of flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties
    and flink:vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties (public issue 101).
  * Define the flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties and
    flink:vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties pname:pLayerName
    parameter to be a pointer to a null-terminated UTF-8 string (public
    issue 101).
  * Rearrange "Missing information" references in mandatory format
    tables (public issue 101).
  * Clarify that the enumerated extensions returned by
    flink:vkEnumerateInstanceExtensionProperties and
    flink:vkEnumerateDeviceExtensionProperties will only include
    extensions provided by the platform or extensions implemented in
    implicitly enabled layers (public issue 101).
  * Miscellaneous editorial fixes. Include the Vulkan spec patch number
    in the PDF title. Fix label on &lt;&lt;fig-non-strict-lines,Non
    strict lines>> diagram. Use more easily distinguished symbols in
    tables in the &lt;&lt;features-required-format-support,Required
    Format Support>> section. Don't require FQDNs used as layer names be
    encoded in lower case if not possible, in the
    &lt;&lt;extensions-naming-conventions, Extension and Layer Naming
    Conventions>> section (public issues 101, 119, 121).

Internal Issues:
  * Fixed excessive spacing in tables in XHTML (internal issue 18).
  * Clarify that ename:VK_COMMAND_BUFFER_USAGE_ONE_TIME_SUBMIT_BIT
    applies to secondary command buffers. Previously spec only referred
    to the members of pname:pCommandBuffers being affected by this bit.
    Added a separate slink:VkSubmitInfo Valid Usage restriction
    specifying that ename:VK_COMMAND_BUFFER_USAGE_ONE_TIME_SUBMIT_BIT
    also applies to any secondary command buffers that are recorded into
    the primary command buffers in pname:pCommandBuffers (internal issue
    106).
  * Clarify that slink:VkDeviceCreateInfo::pname:pEnabledFeatures can be
    NULL (internal issue 117).
  * Remove "the value of" where it is redundant (e.g. speaking of an API
    parameter, struct member, or SPIR-V variable, but not when speaking
    of color components) (internal issue 175).
  * Forced patch version to always be 0 in the header. Add a
    "VK_API_VERSION_<major>_<minor>" macro for people to use to do the
    right thing. Add a VK_HEADER_VERSION which captures the header
    release number independent of the spec patch number (internal issue
    176).
  * Correct description of
    slink:VkPipelineShaderStageCreateInfo::pname:pName to "a pointer to
    a null-terminated UTF-8 string" (internal issue #197).

Other Commits:
  * Updated DataFormat spec reference to the new date for revision 5 of
    that spec.
  * Fixed KEEP option (to retain LaTeX intermediate files) in the
    Makefile to be included when edited there, as well as set on the
    command line.
  * Reserve and add "VK_IMG_filter_cubic" to the registry, and implement
    script functionality to add and remove validity from existing
    functions. Includes schema and readme changes.
  * Update GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl so push_constants do not have descriptor
    sets.

--- End quote ---

Source: https://github.com/KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Docs/commit/1f875738fd9bd0aca5d36bf36794b4b2903e74a9

Vulkan resource list: http://www.geeks3d.com/20160205/vulkan-programming-resources-list/

Stefan:

--- Quote --- Change log for March 25, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.7 spec update:

  * Bump API patch number and header version number to 7 for this
    update.

Github Issues:

  * Fix slink:VkSpecializationMapEntry example to avoid C/C++ strict
    aliasing issues (public issue 14).

  * Clarify the meaning of "matching" in flink:vkCmdBindDescriptorSets
    validity language (public issue 33).

  * Add stub reference pages so xrefs to not-yet-written pages don't
    generate 404 errors. However, the actual content of these pages
    still needs to be filled in as time allows (public issue 44, but
    does not close that issue out).

  * Remove incorrect validity statement for
    flink:vkGetImageSparseMemoryRequirements (public issue 85).

  * Reword the
    <<features-limits-bufferImageGranularity,bufferImageGranularity>>
    feature in terms of "aliasing", and clarify that it applies to
    bindings in the same memory object (public issue 90).

  * Clarify the relationship of the slink:VkPhysicalDeviceLimits
    pname:maxViewportDimensions and pname:viewportBoundsRange limits
    (public issue 92).

  * Specify sparse unbound texture replacement in the
    <<textures-texel-replacement,Texel Replacement>> section
    independently of robust buffer access language (public issue 100).

  * Add the <<fundamentals-architecture-model,Architecture Model>>
    section to explain architecture constraints Vulkan has chosen to
    accept in order to enable portable and performant code (public issue
    122).

  * State that an object must not be destroyed until *all* (not *any*)
    uses of that object have completed (public issue 123).

  * Minor editorial cleanup (public issues 129, 134, 146, 148).

  * Add validity language for layer and extension names to
    slink:VkDeviceCreateInfo matching that used for
    slink:VkInstanceCreateInfo (public issue 130).

  * Clean up terminology for the case when the bits set in one bitmask
    are a subset of the bits set in another bitmask (public issue 138).

  * Document that input attachments are UniformConstant not Input, in
    the <<interfaces-inputattachment,Fragment Input Attachment
    Interface>> section (public glslang bug 169).

Internal Issues:

  * Add max enum values to "flag bits" enums (internal issue #136).

  * Clarify language around the various uses of the term "block" in the
    <<appendix-compressedtex-bc,Block Compressed Image Formats>> section
    (internal issue #202).

  * Removed "expand" dependency from <enums> groups in vk.xml and added
    auto-generation code in the scripts to infer it instead, to ensure
    consistency. This caused renaming of sname:VkColorSpaceKHR and
    sname:VkPresentModeKHR etext:BEGIN_RANGE (etc.) tokens, but those
    tokens are metadata, not part of the API, and the Vulkan WG is OK
    with this change. This change adds ranges to two additional enums
    that were missing them due to not defining the "expand" attribute
    (internal issue 217).

  * Tweak makefile to generate ref page nroff (.3) files in the right
    output directory, working around an a2x limitation (internal issue
    223).

Other Commits:

  * Add validity requirements for flink:vkCmdCopyQueryPoolResults
    pname:dstBuffer parameter.

  * Fix ref page build to generate .3 targets in the right output
    directory.
--- End quote ---

Source: https://github.com/KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Docs/commit/8c3c9b4c85f2539b67148c2de9e2573154c92786

Stefan:

--- Quote --- Change log for April 1, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.8 spec update:

  * Bump API patch number and header version number to 8 for this
    update.

Github Issues:

  * Specify in the validity language for flink:vkBeginCommandBuffer that
    pname:commandBuffer mustnot: currently be pending execution (public
    issue 96).
  * Describe depth comparison using the correct temporary variable names
    in the <<textures-depth-compare-operation,Depth Compare Operation>>
    section (public issue 100).
  * Clarify the order of descriptor update operations in the
    flink:vkUpdateDescriptorSets command (public issue 115).
  * Specify in the VK_KHR_swapchain extension that
    flink:vkAcquireNextImageKHR's pname:semaphore and pname:fence
    parameters cannot both be sname:VK_NULL_HANDLE (partly addresses,
    but does not fully close, public issue 117 / internal issue 246).
  * Change reference to the "lifetime" of a Vulkan command to
    "duration", and define the "duration" term (public issue 135).
  * Added valid usage language for slink:VkImageLayout to require both
    pname:height and pname:depth to be 1 for 1D images and pname:depth
    to be 1 for 2D images (public issue 137).
  * Fix SPIR-V example code in the
    <<descriptorsets-inputattachment,Input Attachment>> section to
    properly decorate the code:InputAttachmentIndex (public issue 139).
  * Fix reference to nonexistent pname:imageInfo in the description of
    flink:VkWriteDescriptorSet to refer to pname:pImageInfo (public
    issue 140).

Internal Issues:

  * Link to the fixed-function vertex chapter from the drawing chapter
    (internal issue #110)
  * Fix typo in slink:VkImageCreateInfo validity language:
    ptext:maxExtent.sampleCounts -> pname:sampleCounts (internal issue
    249).
  * Explain why the non-core token etext:VK_IMAGE_LAYOUT_PRESENT_SRC_KHR
    is used in the example in the
    <<synchronization-semaphores,Semaphores>> section (internal issue
    251).
  * Attempt to clarify in the VK_KHR_android_surface extension's
    <<platformQuerySupport_android,Android Platform Support>> section
    that there is no Android-specific WSI query, and why (internal issue
    252).

Other Commits:

  * Add missing language about ename:VK_INCOMPLETE being returned from
    array queries when the passed array is too short, in the
    VK_KHR_display, VK_KHR_swapchain, and VK_KHR_surface extensions.

--- End quote ---

Source: https://github.com/KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Docs/commit/ce3204c7dd53a0116ce3a91fd12919d606c306f5

Stefan:

--- Quote --- Change log for April 8, 2016 Vulkan 1.0.9 spec update:

  * Bump API patch number and header version number to 9 for this
    update.

Github Issues:

  * Fix memory type preorder definition and clarify example list and source
    code for slink:VkMemoryRequirements and slink:VkMemoryHeap (public issue
    26).
  * Ensure slink:VkAllocationCallbacks are properly defined (public issue
    73).
  * Clarify the WSI extension language by switching from the fuzzier
    "ownership" language to more-consistent "acquire" language (public issue
    117).
  * Add language allowing allocation and freeing of memory scoped to the
    duration of any API command in the <<memory-allocation,Memory
    Allocation>> section (public issue 136).
  * Clarify the explicit location assignment always overrides the inherited
    location in the <<interfaces-iointerfaces-locations,Location
    Assignment>> section, even for the first member of a block (public issue
    141).
  * Fixed references to
    slink:VkCommandBufferInheritanceInfo::pname:pipelineStatistics (public
    issue 158).
  * Fix name of slink:VkBufferCopy::pname:size field in validity language
    for flink:vkCmdCopyBuffer (public issue 162).

Internal Issues:

  * Update GL_KHR_vulkan_glsl specification to clarify disallowance of
    spec-const arrays in initializers (internal issue 248).
  * Clarify <<interfaces-iointerfaces-matching,Interface Matching>> section
    to state that user-defined variable interface must match too (internal
    issue 250).
--- End quote ---

Source: https://github.com/KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Docs/commit/5d10fc3089ba0ec6a4c7d757a4b18a9ef215d2fb

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