SDKs & Libraries

Vulkan logoVulkan™ is an open standard and cross-platform Application Programming Interface (API) developed by the Khronos™ Group. Derived from AMD’s revolutionary Mantle API, Vulkan™ is a powerful low-overhead graphics API designed for developers who want or need deeper hardware control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability. Vulkan™ gives software developers control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon™ GPUs and multi-core CPUs.


As a complement to OpenGL, descended from AMD’s Mantle, and forged by the industry, Vulkan exposes features that were not accessible, delivering benefits that include:

  • Close-to-metal control of the GPU demanded by sophisticated game engines and interactive media.
  • Reduced driver overhead reduces CPU bottlenecks, enabling faster performance and better image quality.
  • Superior utilization of multi-core CPUs.
  • Vulkan is the only high-performance graphics API that works across multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux systems

Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc.