## C Specification

To record a dispatch, call:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_0
void vkCmdDispatch(
VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
uint32_t                                    groupCountX,
uint32_t                                    groupCountY,
uint32_t                                    groupCountZ);

## Parameters

• commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded.

• groupCountX is the number of local workgroups to dispatch in the X dimension.

• groupCountY is the number of local workgroups to dispatch in the Y dimension.

• groupCountZ is the number of local workgroups to dispatch in the Z dimension.

## Description

When the command is executed, a global workgroup consisting of groupCountX × groupCountY × groupCountZ local workgroups is assembled.

Valid Usage
• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-magFilter-04553
If a VkSampler created with magFilter or minFilter equal to VK_FILTER_LINEAR and compareEnable equal to VK_FALSE is used to sample a VkImageView as a result of this command, then the image view’s format features must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_SAMPLED_IMAGE_FILTER_LINEAR_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-mipmapMode-04770
If a VkSampler created with mipmapMode equal to VK_SAMPLER_MIPMAP_MODE_LINEAR and compareEnable equal to VK_FALSE is used to sample a VkImageView as a result of this command, then the image view’s format features must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_SAMPLED_IMAGE_FILTER_LINEAR_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-06479
If a VkImageView is sampled with depth comparison, the image view’s format features must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_2_SAMPLED_IMAGE_DEPTH_COMPARISON_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02691
If a VkImageView is accessed using atomic operations as a result of this command, then the image view’s format features must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_STORAGE_IMAGE_ATOMIC_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02692
If a VkImageView is sampled with VK_FILTER_CUBIC_EXT as a result of this command, then the image view’s format features must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_SAMPLED_IMAGE_FILTER_CUBIC_BIT_EXT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-filterCubic-02694
Any VkImageView being sampled with VK_FILTER_CUBIC_EXT as a result of this command must have a VkImageViewType and format that supports cubic filtering, as specified by VkFilterCubicImageViewImageFormatPropertiesEXT::filterCubic returned by vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-filterCubicMinmax-02695
Any VkImageView being sampled with VK_FILTER_CUBIC_EXT with a reduction mode of either VK_SAMPLER_REDUCTION_MODE_MIN or VK_SAMPLER_REDUCTION_MODE_MAX as a result of this command must have a VkImageViewType and format that supports cubic filtering together with minmax filtering, as specified by VkFilterCubicImageViewImageFormatPropertiesEXT::filterCubicMinmax returned by vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-flags-02696
Any VkImage created with a VkImageCreateInfo::flags containing VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CORNER_SAMPLED_BIT_NV sampled as a result of this command must only be sampled using a VkSamplerAddressMode of VK_SAMPLER_ADDRESS_MODE_CLAMP_TO_EDGE

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-OpTypeImage-06423
Any VkImageView or VkBufferView being written as a storage image or storage texel buffer where the image format field of the OpTypeImage is Unknown then the view’s format feature must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_2_STORAGE_WRITE_WITHOUT_FORMAT_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-OpTypeImage-06424
Any VkImageView or VkBufferView being read as a storage image or storage texel buffer where the image format field of the OpTypeImage is Unknown then the view’s format feature must contain VK_FORMAT_FEATURE_2_STORAGE_READ_WITHOUT_FORMAT_BIT

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02697
For each set n that is statically used by the VkPipeline bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command, a descriptor set must have been bound to n at the same pipeline bind point, with a VkPipelineLayout that is compatible for set n, with the VkPipelineLayout used to create the current VkPipeline, as described in [descriptorsets-compatibility]

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-maintenance4-06425
If the maintenance4 feature is not enabled, then for each push constant that is statically used by the VkPipeline bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command, a push constant value must have been set for the same pipeline bind point, with a VkPipelineLayout that is compatible for push constants, with the VkPipelineLayout used to create the current VkPipeline, as described in [descriptorsets-compatibility]

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02699
Descriptors in each bound descriptor set, specified via vkCmdBindDescriptorSets, must be valid if they are statically used by the VkPipeline bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02700
A valid pipeline must be bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-02701
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command requires any dynamic state, that state must have been set or inherited (if the VK_NV_inherited_viewport_scissor extension is enabled) for commandBuffer, and done so after any previously bound pipeline with the corresponding state not specified as dynamic

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02859
There must not have been any calls to dynamic state setting commands for any state not specified as dynamic in the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command, since that pipeline was bound

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02702
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a VkSampler object that uses unnormalized coordinates, that sampler must not be used to sample from any VkImage with a VkImageView of the type VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_3D, VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_CUBE, VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_1D_ARRAY, VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_2D_ARRAY or VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_CUBE_ARRAY, in any shader stage

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02703
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a VkSampler object that uses unnormalized coordinates, that sampler must not be used with any of the SPIR-V OpImageSample* or OpImageSparseSample* instructions with ImplicitLod, Dref or Proj in their name, in any shader stage

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02704
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a VkSampler object that uses unnormalized coordinates, that sampler must not be used with any of the SPIR-V OpImageSample* or OpImageSparseSample* instructions that includes a LOD bias or any offset values, in any shader stage

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02705
If the robust buffer access feature is not enabled, and if the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a uniform buffer, it must not access values outside of the range of the buffer as specified in the descriptor set bound to the same pipeline bind point

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-02706
If the robust buffer access feature is not enabled, and if the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a storage buffer, it must not access values outside of the range of the buffer as specified in the descriptor set bound to the same pipeline bind point

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-02707
If commandBuffer is an unprotected command buffer and protectedNoFault is not supported, any resource accessed by the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command must not be a protected resource

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-06550
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a VkSampler or VkImageView object that enables sampler Y′CBCR conversion, that object must only be used with OpImageSample* or OpImageSparseSample* instructions

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-ConstOffset-06551
If the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command accesses a VkSampler or VkImageView object that enables sampler Y′CBCR conversion, that object must not use the ConstOffset and Offset operands

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-None-04115
If a VkImageView is accessed using OpImageWrite as a result of this command, then the Type of the Texel operand of that instruction must have at least as many components as the image view’s format

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-OpImageWrite-04469
If a VkBufferView is accessed using OpImageWrite as a result of this command, then the Type of the Texel operand of that instruction must have at least as many components as the buffer view’s format

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-SampledType-04470
If a VkImageView with a VkFormat that has a 64-bit component width is accessed as a result of this command, the SampledType of the OpTypeImage operand of that instruction must have a Width of 64

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-SampledType-04471
If a VkImageView with a VkFormat that has a component width less than 64-bit is accessed as a result of this command, the SampledType of the OpTypeImage operand of that instruction must have a Width of 32

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-SampledType-04472
If a VkBufferView with a VkFormat that has a 64-bit component width is accessed as a result of this command, the SampledType of the OpTypeImage operand of that instruction must have a Width of 64

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-SampledType-04473
If a VkBufferView with a VkFormat that has a component width less than 64-bit is accessed as a result of this command, the SampledType of the OpTypeImage operand of that instruction must have a Width of 32

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-sparseImageInt64Atomics-04474
If the sparseImageInt64Atomics feature is not enabled, VkImage objects created with the VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_RESIDENCY_BIT flag must not be accessed by atomic instructions through an OpTypeImage with a SampledType with a Width of 64 by this command

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-sparseImageInt64Atomics-04475
If the sparseImageInt64Atomics feature is not enabled, VkBuffer objects created with the VK_BUFFER_CREATE_SPARSE_RESIDENCY_BIT flag must not be accessed by atomic instructions through an OpTypeImage with a SampledType with a Width of 64 by this command

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-02712
If commandBuffer is a protected command buffer and protectedNoFault is not supported, any resource written to by the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command must not be an unprotected resource

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-02713
If commandBuffer is a protected command buffer and protectedNoFault is not supported, pipeline stages other than the framebuffer-space and compute stages in the VkPipeline object bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command must not write to any resource

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-04617
If any of the shader stages of the VkPipeline bound to the pipeline bind point used by this command uses the RayQueryKHR capability, then commandBuffer must not be a protected command buffer

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-groupCountX-00386
groupCountX must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxComputeWorkGroupCount[0]

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-groupCountY-00387
groupCountY must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxComputeWorkGroupCount[1]

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-groupCountZ-00388
groupCountZ must be less than or equal to VkPhysicalDeviceLimits::maxComputeWorkGroupCount[2]

Valid Usage (Implicit)
• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-parameter
commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-recording
commandBuffer must be in the recording state

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-commandBuffer-cmdpool
The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support compute operations

• VUID-vkCmdDispatch-renderpass
This command must only be called outside of a render pass instance

Host Synchronization
• Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

• Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types

Primary
Secondary

Outside

Compute