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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 1/6] [media] vb2: add is_unordered callback for drivers
2018-01-15 Hans Verkuil <hverkuil@xs4all.nl>:

> On 01/15/2018 01:01 PM, Gustavo Padovan wrote:
> > 2018-01-15 Alexandre Courbot <acourbot@chromium.org>:
> >
> >> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 1:07 AM, Gustavo Padovan <gustavo@padovan.org> wrote:
> >>> From: Gustavo Padovan <gustavo.padovan@collabora.com>
> >>>
> >>> Explicit synchronization benefits a lot from ordered queues, they fit
> >>> better in a pipeline with DRM for example so create a opt-in way for
> >>> drivers notify videobuf2 that the queue is unordered.
> >>>
> >>> Drivers don't need implement it if the queue is ordered.
> >>
> >> This is going to make user-space believe that *all* vb2 drivers use
> >> ordered queues by default, at least until non-ordered drivers catch up
> >> with this change. Wouldn't it be less dangerous to do the opposite
> >> (make queues non-ordered by default)?
> >
> > The rational behind this decision was because most formats/drivers are
> > ordered so only a small amount of drivers need to changed. I think this
> > was proposed by Hans on the Media Summit.
> >
> > I understand your concern. My question is how dangerous will it be. If
> > you are building a product you will make the changes in the driver if
> > they are not there yet, or if it is a distribution you'd never know
> > which driver/format you are using so you should be prepared for
> > everything.
> >
> > AFAIK all Capture drivers are ordered and that is where I think fences
> > is most useful.
>
> Right. What could be done is to mark all codec drivers as unordered initially
> ask the driver authors to verify this. All capture drivers using vb2 and not
> using REQUEUE are ordered.

That is a good way out.

>
> One thing we haven't looked at is what to do with drivers that do not use vb2.
> Those won't support fences, but how will userspace know that fences are not
> supported? I'm not sure what the best method is for that.
>
> I am leaning towards a new capability since this has to be advertised clearly.

The capability flag makes sense to me, I'll incorporate it as part of my
next patchset.

Gustavo

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