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Hi All


Most probably it's a naive question but I can't find any answer. Can I use attribute as array (pseudocode)?


// vertex shader

attribute vec4 pos;

varying test;


void main( void )



  test = pos[5]; 




Is it valid? If yes what is returned? A value from attribute start or from current vertex?


Thank you


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No, but there are several ways to access data. It depends on what version of OpenGL you want to use as a minimum requirement, what size the data is, and if you want only read access or read/write access.


Very simple but also very limited in size is a uniform array. This only supports reading in the shader.

uniform vec4 pos[8];

Then there is the buffer texture. Core since OpenGL 3.0. Where you bind your buffer as 1-dimensonal "texture". And then access it via texelFetch?.


The next step would be a uniform buffer object (ubo). Core since OpenGL 3.1. This also is limited to read. And the guaranteed supported size is only 16KiB. In practice its 16 KiB on Intel, 64 KiB on Nvidia and very very large on AMD hardware.


Even newer and with support for write operations are Shader Storage Buffer Object (ssbo). Core since OpenGL 4.3. Guaranteed supported size is 16 MiB.

Edited by Osbios

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