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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 StructuredBuffer<T> and RWStructuredBuffer<T> in HLSL.

See Also: ComputeShader class, Shader.SetGlobalBuffer, Material.SetBuffer, Compute Shaders overview.


countNumber of elements in the buffer (Read Only).
nameThe debug label for the ComputeBuffer. This name shows up in profiling and frame debugger tools, wherever supported.
strideSize of one element in the buffer (Read Only).


ComputeBufferCreate a Compute Buffer.

Public Functions

BeginWriteBegins a write operation to the buffer
EndWriteEnds a write operation to the buffer
GetDataRead data values from the buffer into an array. The array can only use blittable types.
GetNativeBufferPtrRetrieve a native (underlying graphics API) pointer to the buffer.
IsValidReturns true if this compute buffer is valid and false otherwise.
ReleaseRelease a Compute Buffer.
SetCounterValueКопирует значение счетчика добавления/извлечения буфера в другой буфер.
SetDataSet the buffer with values from an array.

Static Functions

CopyCountКопирует значение счетчика добавления/извлечения буфера в другой буфер.