[alsa-devel] Buffer size for ALSA USB PCM audio

Alan Stern stern at rowland.harvard.edu
Tue Sep 3 16:04:17 CEST 2013

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013, James Stone wrote:

> At 32 frames/period (reported round-trip latency 1.33ms), it starts up
> but there are too many xruns for it to be usable.

After further testing (off-list), it turns out that 32 frames/period
works okay with three periods/buffer instead of two.  Not surprising
really; with two periods you get only two URBs, and whenever one of 
them completes, the other isn't long enough to exceed the scheduling 

In summary, it now appears that the most recent patch works better than
the current driver.

> > Daniel and Eldad, more testing of the most recent proposed patch would
> > be welcome.

Yes, please, more testing is needed.  I intend to submit the patch 
when the current merge period ends.

Alan Stern

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