[Codel] [PATCH net-next] fq_codel: report congestion notification at enqueue time

Eric Dumazet eric.dumazet at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 14:12:31 EDT 2012

On Thu, 2012-06-28 at 10:51 -0700, Dave Taht wrote:

> clever idea. A problem is there are other forms of network traffic on
> a link, and this is punishing a single tcp
> stream that may not be the source of the problem in the first place,
> and basically putting it into double jeopardy.

Why ? In fact this patch helps the tcp session being signaled (as it
will be anyway) at enqueue time, instead of having to react to packet
losses indications given (after RTT) by receiver.

Avoiding losses help receiver to consume data without having to buffer
it into Out Of Order queue.

So its not jeopardy, but early congestion notification without RTT

NET_XMIT_CN is a soft signal, far more disruptive than a DROP.

> I am curious as to how often an enqueue is actually dropping in the
> codel/fq_codel case, the hope was that there would be plenty of
> headroom under far more circumstances on this qdisc.

"tc -s qdisc show dev eth0" can show you all the counts.

We never drop a packet at enqueue time, unless you hit the emergency
limit (10240 packets for fq_codel). When you reach this limit, you are
under trouble.

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