[alsa-devel] [PATCH 2/4] ASoC: mmp: add audio dma support

zhangfei gao zhangfei.gao at gmail.com
Tue May 29 07:14:43 CEST 2012

On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at arm.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 04:47:20PM +0800, zhangfei gao wrote:
>> Do you mean at open time, like snd_dmaengine_pcm_open.
>> The channel resource is limited and better get dynamically.
>> As a  result the pcm_new and preallocate already called before.
> This is where dealing with slave DMA channels in a virtualized setup
> becomes a far better solution than trying to assign a particular
> physical channel at request time.
> What we may wish to think about is having a way for slave drivers to
> assert to DMA engine the priority of a channel, which they can change
> dynamically according to what they're doing.  Eg, an ALSA driver would
> leave the channel low priority while it's not expecting to be used, but
> as soon as we see the prepare call, set it to high priority.
> The DMA engine driver could use that to decide to assign a physical
> channel to the virtual channel, so that DMA can start as soon as
> possible even with other activity on the DMA engine.
> However, I've yet to see any setup where the number of physical DMA
> channels available exceeds the number of actual _simultaneous_ users.
> Even with the five channels on SA11x0 shared between 12? peripherals,
> with my DMA engine driver I've only seen one or two physical channels
> being used simultaneously.

When debugging with putting snd_dmaengine_pcm_open to probe or
pcm_new, there is issue.
snd_dmaengine_pcm_open ->
The runtime is only exist at runtime.
So if using soc-dmaengine, I am afraid the snd_dmaengine_pcm_open has
to be put in open instead of probe.

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