[RFC PATCH v2 0/7] Add audio support in v4l2 framework

Shengjiu Wang shengjiu.wang at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 21:05:43 AEST 2023

Hi Mark, Takashi

On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 9:11 PM Shengjiu Wang <shengjiu.wang at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 1:28 AM Mark Brown <broonie at kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 02, 2023 at 10:41:43PM +0800, Shengjiu Wang wrote:
> >
> > > Currently the ASRC in ALSA is to connect to another I2S device as
> > > a sound card.  But we'd like to the ASRC can be used by user space directly
> > > that user space application can get the output after conversion from ASRC.
> >
> > That sort of use case would be handled via DPCM at the minute, though
> > persuading it to connect two front ends together might be fun (which is
> > the sort of reason why we want to push digital information down into
> > DAPM and make everything a component).
> Thanks.
> ASRC M2M case needs to run as fast as possible, no sync clock control.
> If use sound card to handle ASRC M2M case,  the user application
> should be aplay/arecord, then we need to consider xrun issue, buffer
> may timeout, sync between aplay and arecord,  these should't be
> considered by pure memory to memory operation.
> DPCM may achitect all the audio things in components and sound
> card,  it is good. but for the M2M case, it is complcated. not sure
> it is doable.

Beside the concern in previous mail,

DPCM needs to separate ASRC to be two substreams (playback and capture).

But the ASRC needs the sample rate & format of input and output first
then start conversion.

If the playback controls the rate & format of input,  capture substream
controls the rate & format of output,  as a result
one substream needs to get information(dma buffer address, size...
rate, format) from another substream, then start both substreams in the
last substream. How to synchronize these two substreams is a problem.
One stream can be released but another stream doesn't know .

So I don't think it is a good idea to use DPCM for pure M2M case.

So can I persuade you to consider the V4L2 solution?

Best regards
Wang Shengjiu

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