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Subject[RFC/RFT PATCH 0/6] Asynchronous UVC
From: Kieran Bingham <>

The Linux UVC driver has long provided adequate performance capabilities for
web-cams and low data rate video devices in Linux while resolutions were low.

Modern USB cameras are now capable of high data rates thanks to USB3 with
1080p, and even 4k capture resolutions supported.

Cameras such as the Stereolabs ZED or the Logitech Brio can generate more data
than an embedded ARM core is able to process on a single core, resulting in
frame loss.

A large part of this performance impact is from the requirement to
‘memcpy’ frames out from URB packets to destination frames. This unfortunate
requirement is due to the UVC protocol allowing a variable length header, and
thus it is not possible to provide the target frame buffers directly.

Extra throughput is possible by moving the actual memcpy actions to a work
queue, and moving the memcpy out of interrupt context and allowing work tasks
to be scheduled across multiple cores.

This series has been tested on both the ZED and Brio cameras on arm64
platforms, however due to the intrinsic changes in the driver I would like to
see it tested with other devices and other platforms, so I'd appreciate if
anyone can test this on a range of USB cameras.

Kieran Bingham (6):
uvcvideo: Refactor URB descriptors
uvcvideo: Convert decode functions to use new context structure
uvcvideo: Protect queue internals with helper
uvcvideo: queue: Simplify spin-lock usage
uvcvideo: queue: Support asynchronous buffer handling
uvcvideo: Move decode processing to process context

drivers/media/usb/uvc/uvc_isight.c | 4 +-
drivers/media/usb/uvc/uvc_queue.c | 115 ++++++++++++++----
drivers/media/usb/uvc/uvc_video.c | 191 ++++++++++++++++++++++--------
drivers/media/usb/uvc/uvcvideo.h | 56 +++++++--
4 files changed, 289 insertions(+), 77 deletions(-)

base-commit: 6f0e5fd39143a59c22d60e7befc4f33f22aeed2f
git-series 0.9.1

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