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SubjectRe: [PATCH] media: hantro: Support H264 profile control
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On 2/3/20 12:13 PM, Tomasz Figa wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:31 PM Nicolas Dufresne <nicolas@ndufresne.ca> wrote:
>>
>> Le vendredi 10 janvier 2020 à 13:31 +0100, Hans Verkuil a écrit :
>>> On 11/29/19 1:16 AM, Tomasz Figa wrote:
>>>> On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 1:52 AM Nicolas Dufresne <nicolas@ndufresne.ca>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Le samedi 23 novembre 2019 à 01:00 +0900, Tomasz Figa a écrit :
>>>>>> On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 12:09 AM Nicolas Dufresne <nicolas@ndufresne.ca>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> Le vendredi 22 novembre 2019 à 14:16 +0900, Hirokazu Honda a écrit :
>>>>>>>> The Hantro G1 decoder supports H.264 profiles from Baseline to High,
>>>>>>>> with
>>>>>>>> the exception of the Extended profile.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Expose the V4L2_CID_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE control, so that the
>>>>>>>> applications can query the driver for the list of supported
>>>>>>>> profiles.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thanks for this patch. Do you think we could also add the LEVEL
>>>>>>> control
>>>>>>> so the profile/level enumeration becomes complete ?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I'm thinking it would be nice if the v4l2 compliance test make sure
>>>>>>> that codecs do implement these controls (both stateful and stateless),
>>>>>>> it's essential for stack with software fallback, or multiple capable
>>>>>>> codec hardware but with different capabilities.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Level is a difficult story, because it also specifies the number of
>>>>>> macroblocks per second, but for decoders like this the number of
>>>>>> macroblocks per second it can handle depends on things the driver
>>>>>> might be not aware of - clock frequencies, DDR throughput, system
>>>>>> load, etc.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> My take on this is that the decoder driver should advertise the
>>>>>> highest resolution the decoder can handle due to hardware constraints.
>>>>>> Performance related things depend on the integration details and
>>>>>> should be managed elsewhere. For example Android and Chrome OS manage
>>>>>> expected decoding performance in per-board configuration files.
>>>>>
>>>>> When you read datasheet, the HW is always rated to maximum level (and
>>>>> it's a range) with the assumption of a single stream. It seems much
>>>>> easier to expose this as-is, statically then to start doing some math
>>>>> with data that isn't fully exposed to the user. This is about filtering
>>>>> of multiple CODEC instances, it does not need to be rocket science,
>>>>> specially that the amount of missing data is important (e.g. usage of
>>>>> tiles, compression, IPP all have an impact on the final performance).
>>>>> All we want to know in userspace is if this HW is even possibly capable
>>>>> of LEVEL X, and if not, we'll look for another one.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Agreed, one could potentially define it this way, but would it be
>>>> really useful for the userspace and the users? I guess it could enable
>>>> slightly faster fallback to software decoding in the extreme case of
>>>> the hardware not supporting the level at all, but I suspect that the
>>>> majority of cases would be the hardware just being unusably slow.
>>>>
>>>> Also, as I mentioned before, we already return the range of supported
>>>> resolutions, which in practice should map to the part of the level
>>>> that may depend on hardware capabilities rather than performance, so
>>>> exposing levels as well would add redundancy to the information
>>>> exposed.
>>>
>>> There is a lot of discussion here, but it all revolves around a potential
>>> LEVEL control.
>>>
>>> So I gather everyone is OK with merging this patch?
>>
>> I'm ok with this. For me, the level reflects the real time performance
>> capability as define in the spec, while the width/height constraints usually
>> represent an addressing capabicity, which may or may not operate real-time.
>>
>
> I'd like to see the level control documentation improved before we
> start adding it to the drivers. I'll be okay with that then as long as
> the values are exposed in a consistent and well defined way. :)
>
> As for this patch, Hans, are you going to apply it?

It's in a PR for 5.7. I had hoped it would go in for v5.6, but it was
too late for that.

Regards,

Hans

>
> Best regards,
> Tomasz
>
>>>
>>> If not, let me know asap.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Hans
>>>
>>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Hirokazu Honda <hiroh@chromium.org>
>>>>>>>> ---
>>>>>>>> drivers/staging/media/hantro/hantro_drv.c | 10 ++++++++++
>>>>>>>> 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> diff --git a/drivers/staging/media/hantro/hantro_drv.c
>>>>>>>> b/drivers/staging/media/hantro/hantro_drv.c
>>>>>>>> index 6d9d41170832..9387619235d8 100644
>>>>>>>> --- a/drivers/staging/media/hantro/hantro_drv.c
>>>>>>>> +++ b/drivers/staging/media/hantro/hantro_drv.c
>>>>>>>> @@ -355,6 +355,16 @@ static const struct hantro_ctrl controls[] = {
>>>>>>>> .def =
>>>>>>>> V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_START_CODE_ANNEX_B,
>>>>>>>> .max =
>>>>>>>> V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_START_CODE_ANNEX_B,
>>>>>>>> },
>>>>>>>> + }, {
>>>>>>>> + .codec = HANTRO_H264_DECODER,
>>>>>>>> + .cfg = {
>>>>>>>> + .id = V4L2_CID_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE,
>>>>>>>> + .min = V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE_BASELINE,
>>>>>>>> + .max = V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE_HIGH,
>>>>>>>> + .menu_skip_mask =
>>>>>>>> + BIT(V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE_EXTENDED),
>>>>>>>> + .def = V4L2_MPEG_VIDEO_H264_PROFILE_MAIN,
>>>>>>>> + }
>>>>>>>> }, {
>>>>>>>> },
>>>>>>>> };
>>

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