Supported Hardware

Series6, Series6XE, Series6XT

Valid APIs

OpenGL ES 3.1


This extension adds a number of useful, but miscellaneous features to the OpenGL ES shading language. These features are as follows:

  • support for indexing into arrays of opaque types (samplers, and atomic counters) using dynamically uniform integer expressions;
  • support for indexing into arrays of images and shader storage blocks using only constant integral expressions;
  • extending the uniform block capability to allow shaders to index into an array of uniform blocks;
  • a "precise" qualifier allowing computations to be carried out exactly as specified in the shader source to avoid optimization-induced invariance issues (which might cause cracking in tessellation);
  • new built-in functions supporting:
    • fused floating-point multiply-add operations;
  • extending the textureGather() built-in functions provided by OpenGL ES Shading Language 3.10:
    • allowing shaders to use arbitrary offsets computed at run-time to select a 2x2 footprint to gather from; and
    • allowing shaders to use separate independent offsets for each of the four texels returned, instead of requiring a fixed 2x2 footprint.


#extension GL_EXT_gpu_shader5 : require 
uniform lowp sampler2DArray arrayOfTextureArrays[8]; 
uniform lowp sampler2D gatherableTexture; 
in highp vec2 textureCoords; 
in highp float a, b, c; 
void main() 
	// Loop through and reference each member of an array of texture arrays. 
	highp vec4 value = vec4(0.0); 
	for (uint i = 0; i < 8; ++i) 
		for (uint j = 0; j < 8; ++j) 
			value += texture(arrayOfTextureArrays[i], vec3(textureCoords, j)); 
	// Perform an explicit fused multiply-add 
	highp float result; 
	result = fma(a,b,c); 
	// Ensure that no optimisations are done on any calculations that affect the result of a value (result2); 
	precise highp float result2; 
	result2 = a * b + c; 
	// Gather four texels from a texture that aren't necessarily neighbours, obtaining the red channel. 
	ivec2 offsets[4] = {ivec2(0,0), ivec2(5, 0), ivec2(5, 5), ivec2(0, 5)}; 
	vec4 gatheredTexels = textureGatherOffsets(gatherableTexture, textureCoords, offsets, 0);