[alsa-devel] HD-Audio: How to reduce driver initializaton time if multiple codecs present on the bus?
tiwai at suse.de
Fri Nov 29 09:07:59 CET 2013
At Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:05:35 +0000,
Lin, Mengdong wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Takashi Iwai [mailto:tiwai at suse.de]
> > Sent: Friday, November 29, 2013 3:50 PM
> > To: David Henningsson
> > Cc: Lin, Mengdong; alsa-devel at alsa-project.org
> > Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] HD-Audio: How to reduce driver initializaton time
> > if multiple codecs present on the bus?
> > At Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:31:59 +0800,
> > David Henningsson wrote:
> > >
> > > 2013-11-29 14:40, Takashi Iwai skrev:
> > > > At Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:30:48 +0800,
> > > > David Henningsson wrote:
> > > >> 2013-11-28 22:57, Lin, Mengdong skrev:
> > > >>> Hi Takashi,
> > > >>>
> > > >>> We're trying to reduce the HD-A driver initialization time when more
> > than one codecs are connected to the bus, but are blocked.
> > > >>> Would you please share some advices on this?
> > > >>>
> > > >>> Usually, there is one HD-A controller connecting to two codecs: one
> > on-board codec and one integrated display codec.
> > > >>> During initialization, the codecs are created and configured in a
> > serial way.
> > > >>>
> > > >>> Creating a codec may cost 6~20ms, and then building controls make
> > cost about 15~30ms.
> > > >> Sorry for interrupting, but I just wonder - I assume you have a
> > > >> maximum of 4 CPUs. Can't the other 3 CPUs be used to load other
> > > >> non-audio hardware in parallel instead? It sounds you're going to
> > > >> run into lock contention instead if you try to modify the same card
> > > >> from two threads simultaneously.
> > > > IIRC, PCI device probes are done sequentially because asynchronous
> > > > probe caused too many troubles. And if it's a module, it's anyway
> > > > more strictly serialized.
> > >
> > > Okay. It just seems to me that from a bird's eye view that
> > > parallelizing module loading and pci probing would give us much bigger
> > > benefits than trying to parallellize internally in the snd-hda-intel driver.
> > Yeah, for a long run, this would be far benefit. But be warned, several
> > attempts in the past failed due to weird hardwares :)
> > > Btw, using a deferred azx_probe_continue (like we do if there's a
> > > firmware file), would one get more parallelization with other drivers?
> > > If so we could consider making that the default.
> > This sounds like a good idea as we have already that code. The patch
> > would be just a few-liners.
> If azx_probe_continue() is delayed, could user space get incomplete audio information after boot?
> I mean is it possible that azx_probe_continue() does not complete before user space check ALSA info?
Not impossible. But then user-space should be triggered in event
driven way by udev or such.
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