[Make-wifi-fast] [PATCH v4] ath9k: Switch to using mac80211 intermediate software queues.

Toke Høiland-Jørgensen toke at toke.dk
Mon Aug 22 12:16:34 EDT 2016

Kalle Valo <kvalo at codeaurora.org> writes:

> Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <toke at toke.dk> writes:
>> This switches ath9k over to using the mac80211 intermediate software
>> queueing mechanism for data packets. It removes the queueing inside the
>> driver, except for the retry queue, and instead pulls from mac80211 when
>> a packet is needed. The retry queue is used to store a packet that was
>> pulled but can't be sent immediately.
>> The old code path in ath_tx_start that would queue packets has been
>> removed completely, as has the qlen limit tunables (since there's no
>> longer a queue in the driver to limit).
>> Based on Tim's original patch set, but reworked quite thoroughly.
>> Cc: Tim Shepard <shep at alum.mit.edu>
>> Cc: Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name>
>> Signed-off-by: Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <toke at toke.dk>
>> ---
>> Changes since v3 (most due to Felix; thanks!):
>>   - Correctly notify mac80211 when there are packets in the retry queue
>>     on powersave start/stop.
>>   - Get rid of ath_tx_aggr_resume().
>>   - Some readability changes and additional WARN_ON/BUG_ON in
>>     appropriate places.
> This is great work but due to the regressions I'm not sure if this
> will be ready for 4.9. To get more testing time I wonder if we should
> wait for 4.10? IMHO applying this in the end of the cycle is too risky
> and we should try to maximise the time linux-next by applying this
> just after -rc1 is released.
> Thoughts?

Well, now that we understand what is causing the throughput regressions,
fixing them should be fairly straight forward (yeah, famous last words,
but still...). I already have a patch for the fast path and will go poke
at the slow path next. It'll probably require another workaround or two,
so I guess it won't be the architecturally clean ideal solution; but it
would make it possible to have something that works for 4.9 and then
iterate for a cleaner design for 4.10.


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