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Subject[RFC PATCH 0/9] V4L2 Jobs API WIP
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Hi everyone,

Here is a new attempt at the "request" (which I propose to rename "jobs") API
for V4L2, hopefully in a manner that can converge to something that will be
merged. The core ideas should be easy to grasp for those familiar with the
previous attemps, yet there are a few important differences.

Most notably, user-space does not need to explicitly allocate and manage
requests/jobs (but still can if this makes sense). We noticed that only specific
use-cases require such an explicit management, and opted for a jobs queue that
controls the flow of work over a set of opened devices. This should simplify
user-space code quite a bit, while still retaining the ability to manage states
explicitly like the previous request API proposals allowed to do.

The jobs API defines a few new concepts that user-space can use to control the
workflow on a set of opened V4L2 devices:

A JOB QUEUE can be created from a set of opened FDs that are part of a pipeline
and need to cooperate (be it capture, m2m, or media controller devices).

A JOB can then be set up with regular (if slightly modified) V4L2 ioctls, and
then submitted to the job queue. Once the job queue schedules the job, its
parameters (controls, etc) are applied to the devices of the queue, and itsd
buffers are processed. Immediately after a job is submitted, the next job is
ready to be set up without further user action.

Once a job completes, it must be dequeued and user-space can then read back its
properties (notably controls) at completion time.

Internally, the state of jobs is managed through STATE HANDLERS. Each driver
supporting the jobs API needs to specify an implementation of a state handler.
Fortunately, most drivers can rely on the generic state handler implementation
that simply records and replays a job's parameter using standard V4L2 functions.
Thanks to this, adding jobs API support to a driver relying on the control
framework and vb2 only requires a dozen lines of codes.

Drivers with specific needs or opportunities for optimization can however
provide their own implementation of a state handler. This may in particular be
beneficial for hardware that supports configuration or command buffers (thinking
about VSP1 here).

This is still very early work, and focus has been on the following points:

* Provide something that anybody can test (currently using vim2m and vivid),
* Reuse the current V4L2 APIs as much as possible,
* Remain flexible enough to accomodate the inevitable changes that will be
requested,
* Keep line count low, even if functionality is missing at the moment.

Please keep this in mind while going through the patches. In particular, at the
moment the parameters of a job are limited to integer controls. I know that much
more is expected, but V4L2 has quite a learning curve and I preferred to focus
on the general concepts for now. More is coming though! :)

I have written two small example programs that demonstrate the use of this API:

- With a codec device (vim2m): https://gist.github.com/Gnurou/34c35f1f8e278dad454b51578d239a42

- With a capture device (vivid): https://gist.github.com/Gnurou/5052e6ab41e7c55164b75d2970bc5a04

Considering the history with the request API, I don't expect everything proposed
here to be welcome or understood immediately. In particular I apologize for not
reusing any of the previous attempts - I was just more comfortable laying down
my ideas from scratch.

If this proposal is not dismissed as complete garbage I will also be happy to
discuss it in-person at the mini-summit in Prague. :)

Cheers,
Alex.

Alexandre Courbot (9):
[media] v4l2-core: add v4l2_is_v4l2_file function
[media] v4l2-core: add core jobs API support
[media] videobuf2: add support for jobs API
[media] v4l2-ctrls: add support for jobs API
[media] v4l2-job: add generic jobs ops
[media] m2m: add generic support for jobs API
[media] vim2m: add jobs API support
[media] vivid: add jobs API support for capture device
[media] document jobs API

Documentation/media/intro.rst | 2 +
Documentation/media/media_uapi.rst | 1 +
Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-api.rst | 23 +
Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-example.rst | 69 ++
Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-intro.rst | 61 ++
Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-queue.rst | 73 ++
Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-queue.svg | 192 ++++++
.../media/uapi/v4l/vidioc-g-ext-ctrls.rst | 6 +
drivers/media/platform/vim2m.c | 24 +
drivers/media/platform/vivid/vivid-core.c | 16 +
drivers/media/platform/vivid/vivid-core.h | 2 +
drivers/media/platform/vivid/vivid-kthread-cap.c | 5 +
drivers/media/v4l2-core/Makefile | 4 +-
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-ctrls.c | 50 +-
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-dev.c | 12 +
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-job-generic.c | 394 +++++++++++
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-jobqueue-dev.c | 173 +++++
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-jobqueue.c | 764 +++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-mem2mem.c | 19 +
drivers/media/v4l2-core/videobuf2-core.c | 33 +-
include/media/v4l2-ctrls.h | 6 +
include/media/v4l2-dev.h | 13 +
include/media/v4l2-fh.h | 4 +
include/media/v4l2-job-generic.h | 47 ++
include/media/v4l2-job-state.h | 75 ++
include/media/v4l2-jobqueue-dev.h | 24 +
include/media/v4l2-jobqueue.h | 54 ++
include/media/v4l2-mem2mem.h | 11 +
include/media/videobuf2-core.h | 16 +
include/uapi/linux/v4l2-jobs.h | 40 ++
include/uapi/linux/videodev2.h | 2 +
31 files changed, 2205 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-api.rst
create mode 100644 Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-example.rst
create mode 100644 Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-intro.rst
create mode 100644 Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-queue.rst
create mode 100644 Documentation/media/uapi/jobs/jobs-queue.svg
create mode 100644 drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-job-generic.c
create mode 100644 drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-jobqueue-dev.c
create mode 100644 drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-jobqueue.c
create mode 100644 include/media/v4l2-job-generic.h
create mode 100644 include/media/v4l2-job-state.h
create mode 100644 include/media/v4l2-jobqueue-dev.h
create mode 100644 include/media/v4l2-jobqueue.h
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/v4l2-jobs.h

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