class in UnityEngine
Thank you for helping us improve the quality of Unity Documentation. Although we cannot accept all submissions, we do read each suggested change from our users and will make updates where applicable.Close
For some reason your suggested change could not be submitted. Please <a>try again</a> in a few minutes. And thank you for taking the time to help us improve the quality of Unity Documentation.Close
GPU data buffer, mostly for use with compute shaders.
ComputeShader programs often need arbitrary data to be read & written into memory buffers.
ComputeBuffer class is exactly for that - you can create & fill them from script code,
and use them in compute shaders or regular shaders.
Compute buffers are always supported in compute shaders. Compute shader support can be queried runtime using SystemInfo.supportsComputeShaders. See the Compute Shaders Manual page for more information about platforms supporting compute shaders. In regular graphics shaders the compute buffer support requires minimum shader model 4.5.
For a ComputeBuffer that uses a counter, Metal and Vulkan platforms don't have native counters and use separate small buffers that act as counters internally. These small buffers are bound separately from the ComputeBuffer and count towards the limit of possible buffers bound (31 for Metal, based on the device for Vulkan).
On the shader side, ComputeBuffers with default ComputeBufferType map to
RWStructuredBuffer<T> in HLSL.
See Also: ComputeShader class, Shader.SetGlobalBuffer, Material.SetBuffer, Compute Shaders overview.
|count||Number of elements in the buffer (Read Only).|
|name||The debug label for the ComputeBuffer. This name shows up in profiling and frame debugger tools, wherever supported.|
|stride||Size of one element in the buffer (Read Only).|
|ComputeBuffer||Create a Compute Buffer.|
|GetData||Read data values from the buffer into an array. The array can only use blittable types.|
|GetNativeBufferPtr||Retrieve a native (underlying graphics API) pointer to the buffer.|
|IsValid||Returns true if this compute buffer is valid and false otherwise.|
|Release||Release a Compute Buffer.|
|SetCounterValue||Sets counter value of append/consume buffer.|
|SetData||Set the buffer with values from an array.|
|CopyCount||Copy counter value of append/consume buffer into another buffer.|