[opensource-dev] macOS 10.14 deprecation of OpenGL, what does this mean for SL?

Dahlia Trimble dahliatrimble at gmail.com
Tue Jun 5 01:37:37 PDT 2018


But Vulkan bears virtually no resemblance to OpenGL. Some might consider it
next generation OpenGL but it's really a whole new API, based on "Mantle"
from AMD. It's also much more difficult to use than OpenGL and requires
more systems programming expertise than typical graphics oriented APIs.
It's also not supported by Apple either, but I've heard some good things
about MoltenVK (a Vulkan abstraction on top of Metal).

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 1:27 AM, Henri Beauchamp <sldev at free.fr> wrote:

> On Mon, 4 Jun 2018 22:41:48 -0700, Dahlia Trimble wrote:
>
> > But seriously, perhaps LL should consider writing a new viewer with a
> > modern, API-agnostic rendering layer. OpenGL is stagnant on just about
> > every platform now.
>
> OpenGL is not stagnant (v4.6 dates only from July 2017): it is simply
> mature.
>
> However, next generation OpenGL is not v5.0 but rather Vulkan (the latter
> allowing to take a much larger benefit from multi-core CPUs, at the cost of
> a lower level API and thus more work and complexity for the 3D application
> programmers).
>
> As for SL viewers, I'd love to see a Vulkan renderer developed, but I doubt
> it will happen any time soon...
>
> Henri.
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