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

Arend van Spriel arend.vanspriel at broadcom.com
Tue Aug 23 04:52:55 EDT 2016

On 23-08-16 08:59, Kalle Valo wrote:
> Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <toke at toke.dk> writes:
>>>>> 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.
>>> But if we try to rush this to 4.9 it won't be in linux-next for long. We
>>> are now in -rc3 and let's say that the patches are ready to apply in two
>>> weeks. That would leave us only two weeks of -next time before the merge
>>> window, which I think is not enough for a controversial patch like this
>>> one. There might be other bugs lurking which haven't been found yet.
>> What, other hidden bugs? Unpossible! :)
> Yeah, right ;)
>> Would it be possible to merge the partial solution (which is ready now,
>> basically) and fix the slow path in a separate patch later?
> What do you mean with partial solution? You mean ath9k users would
> suffer from regressions until they are fixed? We can't do that.
>> (Just spit-balling here; I'm still fairly new to this process. But I am
>> concerned that we'll hit a catch-22 where we can't get wider testing
>> before it's "ready" and we can't prove that it's "ready" until we've had
>> wider testing...)

So could the wider testing be accomplished by working on a branch in the
wireless-testing repo and make its availability known on wireless-list,
ath?k-list, LWN or whatever.


> I understand your point, but I don't want to rush this to 4.9 and then
> start getting lots of bug reports and eventually forced to revert it. If
> we just found a new serious regression the chances are that there are
> more lurking somewhere and this patch is just not ready yet.

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