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Re: Call for Consensus: retire current ScriptProcessorNode design & AudioWorker proposal

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:32:37 +1200
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLZ-d9Gs+hbjLT1zQEzctS6xTNEF2OSmJCW-Kk3=xJnV_w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>
Cc: Olivier Thereaux <olivier.thereaux@bbc.co.uk>, Audio WG <public-audio@w3.org>
On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 3:23 AM, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
> wrote:
>> Furthermore, I think there are two use-cases where the current
>> main-thread API is actually OK:
>> -- Capturing and analyzing audio data, i.e., a pure sink.
>> -- Generating audio data, i.e., a pure source.
>> The current main-thread API only really sucks when you're trying to take
>> input and produce output. Is there disagreement about that?
> Actually, in both of those cases it's still sub-optimal due to its design.
>  There will always be latency introduced due to the thread-passing, and
> you'll always have to continually alloc and dealloc new Buffers to prevent
> races.  Its only benefit is simplicity in implementation (namely, that you
> don't have to use postmessage to transfer parameters).

Running JS sync in the audio thread is also suboptimal: it means that JS
misbehavior can cripple audio processing. I find it easy to imagine cases
where I'd rather have all my JS analysis code running on the main thread to
minimize the possibly of breaking my audio output, even though there's a
small latency penalty.

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