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SubjectRe: [PATCH] qcom: apr: Make apr callbacks in non-atomic context
On Thu 31 Jan 02:44 PST 2019, Srinivas Kandagatla wrote:

>
>
> On 31/01/2019 01:16, Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> > On Thu 15 Nov 10:49 PST 2018, Srinivas Kandagatla wrote:
> >
> > > APR communication with DSP is not atomic in nature.
> > > Its request-response type. Trying to pretend that these are atomic
> > > and invoking apr client callbacks directly under atomic/irq context has
> > > endless issues with soundcard. It makes more sense to convert these
> > > to nonatomic calls. This also coverts all the dais to be nonatomic.
> > >
> > Hi Srinivas,
> >
> > Sorry for not looking at this before.
> >
> NP, thanks for the review!
>
> > Are you sure that you're meeting the latency requirements of low-latency
> > audio with this change?
>
> Low and Ultra Low Latency audio is not supported in the exiting upstream
> qdsp drivers.
>

Sure, but we want the design to allow for that still, either in future
upstream or by additional downstream code.

> Also it depends on definition of "latency", is the latency referring to
> "filling the data" or "latency between DSP command and response".
>

I'm referring to the latency between the message from the DSP until we
give it a new buffer.

> For former case as long as we have more samples in our ring buffer there
> should be no latency in filling the data.
> For later case it should not really matter as long as former case is taken
> care off.
>
> Low latency audio involves smaller sample sizes and no or minimal
> preprocessing in DSP so am guessing that we should be okay with responses in
> workqueue as long as we have good size ring buffer.
>

Relying on more buffered data will increase the latency of the audio,
preventing you from doing really low-latency things.

Regards,
Bjorn

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