Committee Chair

Liang, Yu

Committee Member

Tanis, Craig; Kizza, Joseph


Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering


College of Engineering and Computer Science


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


This study was conducted to take an in depth look at the newest APIs offered to graphics programmers. With the recent releases of Vulkan (2016) and DirectX 12 (2015) from industry giants like the Khronos Group and Microsoft, it’s clear they are pushing for a much lower-level, closer-to-hardware approach for future graphics programming solutions. These changes can be credited to the drastic improvements we’ve seen in graphics processors over the last 5 years. It will take a significant amount of time for these API’s to become industry standard. The goal of this research is to verify the value and benefits of developing with these API’s as opposed to using the current industry standard OpenGL or DirectX 11. Several GPU & CPU benchmark performance tests have brought interesting results. Furthermore, many advanced computer graphical techniques and algorithms which are implemented using C++ and Vulkan, help to shine a spotlight on the glaring contrast between Vulkan and OpenGL. This research attempts to be one of the first validations for advantages or disadvantages the Vulkan API offers in comparison to its predecessors.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my advisor, Dr. Yu Liang for his feedback, support, and encouragement throughout this research. My thanks also goes to Dr. Joseph Kizza for serving on my committee and providing valuable advice and support at various stages of my MSc. My thanks also goes to Dr. Craig Tanis for serving on my committee and providing his assistance and expertise during my studies. I would also like to thank my friends and peers whose enthusiasm and support has helped me to survive the highs and lows of the past 3 years in the College of Computer Science and Engineering.


M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.




Computer graphics; Application software -- Development; Application program interfaces (Computer software)


Computer Science; Computer Graphics; Programming; Vulkan; API; High Performance


Computer Sciences

Document Type

Masters theses


xii, 87 leaves




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