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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/4] Enable Hantro G1 post-processor
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On Sat, 2019-11-09 at 11:40 +0100, Hans Verkuil wrote:
> On 10/4/19 8:07 AM, Tomasz Figa wrote:
> > Hi Ezequiel,
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 4:09 AM Ezequiel Garcia <ezequiel@collabora.com> wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > The Hantro G1 VPU post-processor block can be pipelined with
> > > the decoder hardware, allowing to perform operations such as
> > > color conversion, scaling, rotation, cropping, among others.
> > >
> > > When the post-processor is enabled, the decoder hardware
> > > gets its own set of NV12 buffers (the native decoder format),
> > > and the post-processor is the owner of the CAPTURE buffers.
> > >
> > > This allows the application get processed
> > > (scaled, converted, etc) buffers, completely transparently.
> > >
> > > This feature is implemented by exposing the post-processed pixel
> > > formats on ENUM_FMT. When the application sets a pixel format
> > > other than NV12, and if the post-processor is MC-linked,
> > > the driver will make use of it, transparently.
> > >
> > > On this v2, the media controller API is now required
> > > to "enable" (aka link, in topology jargon) the post-processor.
> > > Therefore, applications now have to explicitly request this feature.
> > >
> > > For instance, the post-processor is enabled using the media-ctl
> > > tool:
> > >
> > > media-ctl -l "'decoder':1 -> 'rockchip,rk3288-vpu-dec':0[0]"
> > > media-ctl -l "'postproc':1 -> 'rockchip,rk3288-vpu-dec':0[1]"
> > >
> > > v4l2-ctl -d 1 --list-formats
> > > ioctl: VIDIOC_ENUM_FMT
> > > Type: Video Capture Multiplanar
> > >
> > > [0]: 'NV12' (Y/CbCr 4:2:0)
> > > [1]: 'YUYV' (YUYV 4:2:2)
> > >
> > > Patches 1 and 2 are simply cleanups needed to easier integrate the
> > > post-processor. Patch 2 is a bit invasive, but it's a step
> > > forward towards merging the implementation for RK3399 and RK3288.
> > >
> > > Patch 3 re-works the media-topology, making the decoder
> > > a v4l2_subdevice, instead of a bare entity. This allows
> > > to introduce a more accurate of the decoder+post-processor complex.
> > >
> > > Patch 4 introduces the post-processing support.
> > >
> > > This is tested on RK3288 platforms with MPEG-2, VP8 and
> > > H264 streams, decoding to YUY2 surfaces. For now, this series
> > > is only adding support for NV12-to-YUY2 conversion.
> > >
> > > The design and implementation is quite different from v1:
> > >
> > > * The decoder->post-processor topology is now exposed
> > > explicitly and applications need to configure the pipeline.
> > > By default, the decoder is enabled and the post-processor
> > > is disabled.
> > >
> >
> > First of all, thanks for working on this. While from Chromium point of
> > view there isn't any practical use case for this feature, it could
> > possibly be valuable for some other platforms.
> >
> > I still see a problem with the current design. Mem-to-mem decoders are
> > commonly used in a multi-instance fashion, but media topology is
> > global. That means that when having two applications on the system
> > decoding their own videos, one might be stepping on the other by
> > changing the topology.
> >
> > I believe that if we want this to be really usable, we would need to
> > make the media topology per instance, but that's a significant change
> > to the media subsystem. Maybe we could pursue the other options I
> > suggested in the previous revision instead, like ordering the formats
> > returned by enum_fmt by native first and adding format flags that
> > would tell the userspace that the format can have some performance
> > and/or power penalty?
>
> I discussed this with Ezequiel in Lyon, and my preference is also to
> not rely on the media controller, but instead order the formats with
> the native formats first, followed by the formats that need this additional
> processing step. A format flag can be added, but I feel that it is better
> to wait with that until it is clear that there is a real need for it.
>
> It would be good to document in the ENUM_FMT ioctl that formats that
> require additional processing are at the end of the format list.
>
> Ezequiel, I'm marking this series as "Changes Requested" in patchwork.
>

Thanks! I should revisit this and post a new series soon.

Ezequiel

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