Vulkan API Tools

As high performance and high efficiency are increasingly demanded on mobile devices, developers are looking to the Vulkan API for the future of mobile graphics and compute. The best resource to get started with Vulkan development is the Arm Vulkan SDK. Once you have you application up and running and you want to optimize to increase performance and efficiency use the Mali Graphics Debugger to identify your bottlenecks and give you that boost in performance and battery life. Arm’s Vulkan conformant Mali GPUs are compatible with the following Vulkan Tools.

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PerfDoc is a Vulkan layer which aims to validate applications against the Mali Application Developer Best Practices document. Just like the LunarG validation layers, this layer tracks your application and attempts to find API usage which is discouraged. PerfDoc focuses on checks which can be done up-front, and checks which can portably run on all platforms which support Vulkan.

The intended use of PerfDoc is to be used during development to catch potential performance issues early. The layer will run on any Vulkan implementation, so Mali-related optimizations can be found even when doing bringup on desktop platforms.

View PerfDoc on GitHub

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The SPIR-V Tools project provides an API and commands for processing SPIR-V modules.

The project includes an assembler, binary module parser, disassembler, validator, and optimizer for SPIR-V. Except for the optimizer, all are based on a common static library. The library contains all of the implementation details, and is used in the standalone tools whilst also enabling integration into other code bases directly. The optimizer implementation resides in its own library, which depends on the core library.

View SPIR-V on GitHub

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Graphics Analyzer 

Graphics Analyzer is an advanced API tracer tool for Vulkan, OpenGL ES, EGL and OpenCL. It allows developers trace their graphics and compute applications to debug issues and analyze the performance.

  • Vulkan Support
  • Trace all the function calls in the SPEC.
  • Allows you to see exactly what calls compose your application

Graphics Analyzer

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Arm Mali Vulkan SDK

The Mali Vulkan Software Development Kit is a collection of resources to help you build Vulkan applications for a platform with a Mali GPU and an Arm processor. You can use it for creating new applications, training, and exploration of implementation possibilities.

  • Resources to help developers build VR applications and to understand their use cases.
  • Full documentation, framework, sample codes and tutorials are included in the files.
  • Create new apps and explore VR development.
  • Build for Android platforms with a Mali GPU.

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Related Blogs and Tutorials

From the Arm Connected Community and our Mali Tutorials.

Using Graphics Analyzer on a non-rooted device
A guide to setting up Graphics Analyzer for non-rooted Android devices.

Building an Unreal Engine application with Graphics Analyzer support
Set up your Unreal Engine applications with Graphics Analyzer.

Building a Unity application with Graphics Analyzer support
Set up your Unity applications with Graphics Analyzer.

Arm Vulkan tutorials
Follow our tutorials for Vulkan development.