Implement upstream RequestDevice, add native-only CreateDevice

This CL implements RequestDevice and also has changes for
Dawn to internally use wgpu::FeatureName enums, instead of
strings. Some of the string handling is kept for now to
support the deprecated creation path. GetFeatureInfo is added
to the instance to get a name and description of the feature,
for reporting in about://gpu.

Dawn device toggles are now passed in an extension struct off
of the device descriptor. This is only supported in dawn_native,
and not dawn_wire, for now, since dawn_wire doesn't have a way
to serialize lists of null-terminated const char*.

To enable the client to check whether the toggle descriptor is
supported, a `dawn-native` feature is added which is supported
all the time with dawn_native, but not supported with dawn_wire.

Feature `dawn-native` also enables a synchronous version of
CreateDevice for convenience.

Bug: dawn:160
Change-Id: Ifc195e7ea808c6c319021528ef4b36bd65583bff
Reviewed-by: Loko Kung <>
Commit-Queue: Austin Eng <>
41 files changed
tree: da3c9cec8f5832d0b4495e64ad988c66bb625f81
  1. .vscode/
  2. build_overrides/
  3. docs/
  4. examples/
  5. generator/
  6. infra/
  7. scripts/
  8. src/
  9. third_party/
  10. tools/
  11. .clang-format
  12. .gitattributes
  13. .gitignore
  14. .gn
  17. CMakeLists.txt
  18. codereview.settings
  19. dawn.json
  20. dawn_wire.json
  21. DEPS
  24. OWNERS
  26. README.chromium

Dawn's logo: a sun rising behind a stylized mountain inspired by the WebGPU logo. The text Dawn is written below it.

Dawn, a WebGPU implementation

Dawn is an open-source and cross-platform implementation of the work-in-progress WebGPU standard. More precisely it implements webgpu.h that is a one-to-one mapping with the WebGPU IDL. Dawn is meant to be integrated as part of a larger system and is the underlying implementation of WebGPU in Chromium.

Dawn provides several WebGPU building blocks:

  • WebGPU C/C++ headers that applications and other building blocks use.
    • The webgpu.h version that Dawn implements.
    • A C++ wrapper for the webgpu.h.
  • A “native” implementation of WebGPU using platforms' GPU APIs:
    • D3D12 on Windows 10
    • Metal on macOS and iOS
    • Vulkan on Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Android and Fuchsia
    • OpenGL as best effort where available
  • A client-server implementation of WebGPU for applications that are in a sandbox without access to native drivers

Helpful links:

Documentation table of content

Developer documentation:

User documentation: (TODO, figure out what overlaps with the webgpu.h docs)




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