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Date:   Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:57:35 -0500
From:   Pierre-Louis Bossart <pierre-louis.bossart@...ux.intel.com>
To:     Takashi Iwai <tiwai@...e.de>, Yu-Hsuan Hsu <yuhsuan@...omium.org>
Cc:     "Lu, Brent" <brent.lu@...el.com>,
        Guennadi Liakhovetski <guennadi.liakhovetski@...ux.intel.com>,
        "alsa-devel@...a-project.org" <alsa-devel@...a-project.org>,
        Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@...ux.intel.com>,
        Kuninori Morimoto <kuninori.morimoto.gx@...esas.com>,
        Kai Vehmanen <kai.vehmanen@...ux.intel.com>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "Rojewski, Cezary" <cezary.rojewski@...el.com>,
        Jie Yang <yang.jie@...ux.intel.com>,
        Takashi Iwai <tiwai@...e.com>,
        Liam Girdwood <liam.r.girdwood@...ux.intel.com>,
        Sam McNally <sammc@...omium.org>,
        Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>,
        Ranjani Sridharan <ranjani.sridharan@...ux.intel.com>,
        Daniel Stuart <daniel.stuart14@...il.com>,
        "yuhsuan@...gle.com" <yuhsuan@...gle.com>,
        Damian van Soelen <dj.vsoelen@...il.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 2/2] ASoC: Intel: Add period size constraint on strago
 board



On 8/13/20 3:45 AM, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:36:57 +0200,
> Yu-Hsuan Hsu wrote:
>>
>> Lu, Brent <brent.lu@...el.com> 於 2020年8月13日 週四 下午3:55寫道:
>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> CRAS calls snd_pcm_hw_params_set_buffer_size_max() to use as large
>>>>>> buffer as possible. So the period size is an arbitrary number in
>>>>>> different platforms. Atom SST platform happens to be 256, and CML
>>>>>> SOF platform is 1056 for example.
>>>>>
>>>>> ok, but earlier in this thread it was mentioned that values such as
>>>>> 432 are not suitable. the statement above seems to mean the period
>>>>> actual value is a "don't care", so I don't quite see why this specific
>>>>> patch2 restricting the value to 240 is necessary. Patch1 is needed for
>>>>> sure,
>>>>> Patch2 is where Takashi and I are not convinced.
>>>>
>>>> I have downloaded the patch1 but it does not work. After applying patch1,
>>>> the default period size changes to 320. However, it also has the same issue
>>>> with period size 320. (It can be verified by aplay.)
>>>
>>> The period_size is related to the audio latency so it's decided by application
>>> according to the use case it's running. That's why there are concerns about
>>> patch 2 and also you cannot find similar constraints in other machine driver.
>> You're right. However, the problem here is the provided period size
>> does not work. Like 256, setting the period size to 320 also makes
>> users have big latency in the DSP ring buffer.
>>
>> localhost ~ # aplay -Dhw:1,0 --period-size=320 --buffer-size=640
>> /dev/zero -d 1 -f dat --test-position
>> Playing raw data '/dev/zero' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 48000
>> Hz, Stereo
>> Suspicious buffer position (1 total): avail = 0, delay = 2640, buffer = 640
>> Suspicious buffer position (2 total): avail = 0, delay = 2640, buffer = 640
>> Suspicious buffer position (3 total): avail = 0, delay = 2720, buffer = 640
>> ...
> 
> It means that the delay value returned from the driver is bogus.
> I suppose it comes pcm_delay value calculated in sst_calc_tstamp(),
> but haven't followed the code closely yet.  Maybe checking the debug
> outputs can help to trace what's going wrong.

the problem is really that we add a constraint that the period size be a 
multiple of 1ms, and it's not respected. 320 samples is not a valid 
choice, I don't get how it ends-up being selected? there's a glitch in 
the matrix here.


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