8.8. Geometry Shaders

The geometry shader operates on a group of vertices and their associated data assembled from a single input primitive, and emits zero or more output primitives and the group of vertices and their associated data required for each output primitive.

8.8.1. Geometry Shader Execution

A geometry shader is invoked at least once for each primitive produced by the tessellation stages, or at least once for each primitive generated by primitive assembly when tessellation is not in use. The number of geometry shader invocations per input primitive is determined from the invocation count of the geometry shader specified by the OpExecutionMode Invocations in the geometry shader. If the invocation count is not specified, then a default of one invocation is executed.