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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] Fwd: [PATCH v1] Add virtio audio policy device specification

On 15.06.21 01:28, Hao Chen wrote:


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From: Hao Chen <chenhaosjtuacm@google.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:26 PM
Subject: [PATCH v1] Add virtio audio policy device specification
To: <chenhaosjtuacm@google.com>

This patch includes a new device for coordinating audio among mutliple

Wouldn't this be better a case for audio servers (e.g. PA) ?
Once we already have several VMs (or just multiple programs) playing to
the same output channel we're IMHO directly within the use case of audio

Audio in general is a complex matter as soon as RT requirements,
multiple producers, various codecs, filters, harware mixing and routing,
etc, come in.

It seems we currently only have a pretty trivial virtio audio device
that even only supports raw PCM.


+When there are multiple guest VMs playing sounds, they may want to cooperate
+with each other. For example, a VM is playing something very critical and want
+to mute everyone else; or it is OK for other to lower the volume ("duck") but
+keep playing; or it is OK to playing concurrently with other sounds. They can
+cooperate via audio policy device. The driver notifies the device when the
+guest VM is playing, and the device will notify other VMs. The driver can also
+suggest the device to mute or duck some audio devices based on the information
+it received from the device.

It seems that this is just an simple arbiter that doesn't do much more
than managing flags in a central place. Doesn't seem to related to any
actual (virtio) devices at all. And purely volountarily (not enforcing
anything, just notifying)

Why not just using some remote file system like 9P for that ?

Really seems to be a very special case thing to me, and I'm really
unsure whether there's much gain in having an own virtio device for that
at all.

What is this really meant for ? Are there any actual implementations for
that approach ?


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