[Codel] [PATCHv4 5/5] mac80211: add debug knobs for codel

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Fri May 6 01:51:16 EDT 2016

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 10:27 PM, Michal Kazior <michal.kazior at tieto.com> wrote:
> On 5 May 2016 at 17:21, Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 4:00 AM, Michal Kazior <michal.kazior at tieto.com> wrote:
>>> This adds a few debugfs entries to make it easier
>>> to test, debug and experiment.
>> I might argue in favor of moving all these (inc the fq ones) into
>> their own dir, maybe "aqm" or "sqm".
>> The mixture of read only stats and configuration vars is a bit confusing.
>> Also in my testing of the previous patch, actually seeing the stats
>> get updated seemed to be highly async or inaccurate. For example, it
>> was obvious from the captures themselves that codel_ce_mark-ing was
>> happening, but the actual numbers out of wack with the mark seen or
>> fq_backlog seen.  (I can go back to revisit this)
> That's kind of expected since all of these bits are exposed as
> separate debugfs entries/files. To avoid that it'd be necessary to
> provide a single debugfs entry/file whose contents are generated on
> open() while holding local->fq.lock. But then you could argue it
> should contain all per-sta-tid info as well (backlog, flows, drops) as
> well instead of having them in netdev*/stations/*/txqs.
> Hmm..

I have not had time to write up todays results to any full extent, but
they were pretty spectacular.

I have a comparison of the baseline ath10k driver vs your 3.5 patchset
here on the second plot:


The raw data is here:


a note: quantum of the mtu (typically 1514) is a saner default than 300,

(the older patch I had, set it to 300, dunno what your default is now).

and quantum 1514, codel target 5ms rather than 20ms for this test
series was *just fine* (but more testing of the lower target is


quantum "300" only makes sense for very, very low bandwidths (say <
6mbits), in other scenarios it just eats extra cpu (5 passes through
the loop to send a big packet) and disables
the "new/old" queue feature which helps "push" new flows to flow
balance. I'd default it to the larger value.


In other news, spacex just landed on the barge a few minutes ago.

The webcast is still going on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bMeDj76ig and you can reverse it to
the landing.

> Michał

Dave Täht
Let's go make home routers and wifi faster! With better software!

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