# Open GL Shader Storage Buffer Objects to replace Vertex Attributes

I basically got the same question as the guy who asked here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/36457138/dynamically-sized-arrays-in-opengl-es-vertex-shader-used-for-blend-shapes-morph. Especially his last unanswered question bothers me too.

So I also want to use an arbitrary number of blendshapes for each mesh I'm processing. At the moment I'm using a fixed number and treat the shapes as vertex attribute. The advantage here is that I always have the relevant data for the current vertex availiable. Now, if I want to use an arbitrary number of shapes, I figured I'd use SSBOs since their clue is exactly what I want: Dynamically sized data. However SSBOs are, as far as I understand it, static and for each processed vertex in the shader I have the blendshape data for the whole mesh availiable. That means I would have to introduce some kind of counter and try to pick the correct data piece out of my SSBO for each vertex.

Is this understanding correct? I'm really not sure whether this is the optimal solution, maybe you can give me some hints.

The counter you want is built in the shader as gl_VertexID.