theV0ID

03-21-2015, 10:17 AM

The OpenGL-Wiki states on the output limitations of geometry shaders (https://www.opengl.org/wiki/Geometry_Shader):

The first limit, defined by GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_OUTPUT_VERTICES`, is the maximum number that can be provided to the max_vertices output layout qualifier. [...] The other limit, defined by GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_TOTAL_OUTPUT_COMPONENTS is [...] the total number of output values (a component, in GLSL terms, is a component of a vector. So a float is one component; a vec3 is 3 components).

That's what the declarative part of my geometry shader looks like:

layout( triangles ) in;

layout( triangle_strip, max_vertices = 300 ) out;

out vec4 var1;

My vertex format only consists of 4 floats for position.

So I believe to have the 4 components from the varying "var1" plus the 4 components from the position, i.e. 8 in total.

I have queried the following values for the constants mentioned above:

GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_OUTPUT_VERTICES = 36320

GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_TOTAL_OUTPUT_COMPONENTS = 36321

With "max_vertices" set to 300, a total of 8*300 = 2400 components would be written. It is needless to say that this value is far below 36321 as well as the 300 of "max_vertices" is far below 36320. So everything should be okay, right?

However, when I build the shader, the linking fails:

error C6033: Hardware limitation reached, can only emit 128 vertices of this size

Can somebody explain to me what is going on and why this doesn't work as I expected?

The first limit, defined by GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_OUTPUT_VERTICES`, is the maximum number that can be provided to the max_vertices output layout qualifier. [...] The other limit, defined by GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_TOTAL_OUTPUT_COMPONENTS is [...] the total number of output values (a component, in GLSL terms, is a component of a vector. So a float is one component; a vec3 is 3 components).

That's what the declarative part of my geometry shader looks like:

layout( triangles ) in;

layout( triangle_strip, max_vertices = 300 ) out;

out vec4 var1;

My vertex format only consists of 4 floats for position.

So I believe to have the 4 components from the varying "var1" plus the 4 components from the position, i.e. 8 in total.

I have queried the following values for the constants mentioned above:

GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_OUTPUT_VERTICES = 36320

GL_MAX_GEOMETRY_TOTAL_OUTPUT_COMPONENTS = 36321

With "max_vertices" set to 300, a total of 8*300 = 2400 components would be written. It is needless to say that this value is far below 36321 as well as the 300 of "max_vertices" is far below 36320. So everything should be okay, right?

However, when I build the shader, the linking fails:

error C6033: Hardware limitation reached, can only emit 128 vertices of this size

Can somebody explain to me what is going on and why this doesn't work as I expected?