[linux-audio-dev] Jack-udp

Steve Harris S.W.Harris at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Mar 23 09:26:21 UTC 2005

On Wed, Mar 23, 2005 at 10:01:44 +0100, Pieter Palmers wrote:
> >The recent discussion of jack over networks has gotten me wondering a 
> >few things.
> >Here is my current fantasy rack setup:
> >1U: UPS
> >1U: KVM
> >2U: RAID
> >2U: Master/DAW
> >1U: Slave Recorder/Node
> >1U: Slave Recorder/Node
> >1U: Slave Recorder/Node
> >1U: Slave Recorder/Node
> >1U: Gigabit ethernet switch (all computers connected through it)
> >
> >Basically, all slaves would boot off of the RAID server (for easier 
> >maintenance) into a cut-down Linux kernel, and will boot into 
> >text-only mode, starting only the programs absolutely required to run 
> >Ecasound. The slave node would begin recording when the master tells 
> >it to, and all audio data would be sent to the RAID server. I am 
> >thinking that each slave would be able to handle 8 channels of mono 
> >input. All nodes would be equipped with the OpenMosix software, so 
> >that they can assist the Master when they are not busy.
> Using firewire as a transport layer for audio can solve some problems, 
> mainly those of sync and QoS. The scenario I had in mind was something 
> like you describe above, but using FW for the audio transport between 
> machines.
> The idea is still rather vague, but nevertheless...

Well, its only vague in that its not implemented :) From a thoeretical
p.o.v. its well defined, as the slave PC's appear as firewire audio class
i/o devices to the master.

I've not been keeping track of developements on FreeBob very closely, but
when I asked about this someone thought this might not be that hard, I
guess it was :(

- Steve

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