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r5 2019-04-01 19:00:08 softerg Added license and readme files.
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r3 2018-12-26 13:53:07 softerg Release VPP-0.7.1: initial public release (alpha)
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README

VPP is a high-level C++ rendering and GPU computation API based on Vulkan.

Vulkan is the new API for 3D graphics rendering and GPU computation developed
by Khronos Group.

VPP adds high-level, object-oriented C++ interface over Vulkan. The goal is
to make Vulkan programming easier and more intuitive. VPP provides the following
features:

- Intuitive, object-oriented abstractions over Vulkan concepts: devices, queues,
  render passes, pipelines, shader resources, synchronization objects and others.

- Isolation from the C-style interface of Vulkan.

- Easy, conceptual design of render passes and pipelines.

- Unique ability to write all shader code directly in C++ (as class methods),
  without any need to use GLSL or other intermediate language. No separate compiler
  passes required. All C++ 14 compliant compilers supported. No compiler extensions
  required. No hardware vendor / OS dependencies. All types of shaders supported.

- C++ shaders are automatically integrated into a pipeline and can access shader
  resources in straghtforward, object-oriented manner. Bindings and locations are
  automatically generated. Entire Vulkan shader interface is supported. Shaders may
  easily access: vertex inputs, uniform buffers, all kinds of image resources,
  attachments, push constants, all builtin variables, inter-shader communication variables.

- C++ shaders can be subject to advanced C++ programming and design techniques:
  parametrization, templating, macros, modularization, OO design.

- Support for multithreading and automatic host synchronization of objects where Vulkan
  requires it.

- Compile-time detection of some Vulkan usage errors.

- Integration with third party libraries (currently GLM).

- Easier management of Vulkan extensions with automatic dependency resolving for common
  extensions.

- Selected extension functionality seamlessly built-in into VPP API (e.g. 64-bit atomic
  variables).

Current version (0.8.1 alpha) supports Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 builds. Later versions
are planned to support also Linux and other targets using GCC and CLang toolchains.
VPP itself requires only C++ 14 compliant compiler, no special or vendor-specific technology
is utilised.

For build instructions, see the HTML documentation in 'docs' subdirectory. Click on "Related
pages" button and select the "How to build and use VPP under Visual Studio" topic.

The package also includes a set of tests and examples. They are located in 'test' subdirectory.

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