ID3D12Device5::GetRaytracingAccelerationStructurePrebuildInfo method (d3d12.h)

Query the driver for resource requirements to build an acceleration structure.


void GetRaytracingAccelerationStructurePrebuildInfo(


[in] pDesc

Description of the acceleration structure build. This structure is shared with BuildRaytracingAccelerationStructure. For more information, see D3D12_BUILD_RAYTRACING_ACCELERATION_STRUCTURE_INPUTS.

The implementation is allowed to look at all the CPU parameters in this struct and nested structs. It may not inspect/dereference any GPU virtual addresses, other than to check to see if a pointer is NULL or not, such as the optional transform in D3D12_RAYTRACING_GEOMETRY_TRIANGLES_DESC, without dereferencing it. In other words, the calculation of resource requirements for the acceleration structure does not depend on the actual geometry data (such as vertex positions), rather it can only depend on overall properties, such as the number of triangles, number of instances etc.

[out] pInfo

The result of the query.

Return value



The input acceleration structure description is the same as what goes into BuildRaytracingAccelerationStructure. The result of this function lets the application provide the correct amount of output storage and scratch storage to BuildRaytracingAccelerationStructure given the same geometry.

Builds can also be done with the same configuration passed to GetAccelerationStructurePrebuildInfo overall except equal or smaller counts for the number of geometries/instances or the number of vertices/indices/AABBs in any given geometry. In this case the storage requirements reported with the original sizes passed to GetRaytracingAccelerationStructurePrebuildInfo will be valid – the build may actually consume less space but not more. This is handy for app scenarios where having conservatively large storage allocated for acceleration structures is fine.

This method is on the device interface as opposed to command list on the assumption that drivers must be able to calculate resource requirements for an acceleration structure build from only looking at the CPU-visible portions of the call, without having to dereference any pointers to GPU memory containing actual vertex data, index data, etc.


Minimum supported client Windows 10, version 1809 [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2016 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header d3d12.h
Library D3d12.lib
DLL D3d12.dll

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