[Make-wifi-fast] TCP performance regression in mac80211 triggered by the fq code

Felix Fietkau nbd at nbd.name
Tue Jul 12 09:21:25 EDT 2016

On 2016-07-12 14:13, Dave Taht wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 12:09 PM, Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> With Toke's ath9k txq patch I've noticed a pretty nasty performance
>> regression when running local iperf on an AP (running the txq stuff) to
>> a wireless client.
> Your kernel? cpu architecture?
QCA9558, 720 MHz, running Linux 4.4.14

> What happens when going through the AP to a server from the wireless client?
Will test that next.

> Which direction?
AP->STA, iperf running on the AP. Client is a regular MacBook Pro

>> Here's some things that I found:
>> - when I use only one TCP stream I get around 90-110 Mbit/s
> with how much cpu left over?

>> - when running multiple TCP streams, I get only 35-40 Mbit/s total
> with how much cpu left over?

> context switch difference between the two tests?
What's the easiest way to track that?

> tcp_limit_output_bytes is?

> got perf?
Need to make a new build for that.

>> - fairness between TCP streams looks completely fine
> A codel will get to long term fairness pretty fast. Packet captures
> from a fq will show much more regular interleaving of packets,
> regardless.
>> - there's no big queue buildup, the code never actually drops any packets
> A "trick" I have been using to observe codel behavior has been to
> enable ecn on server and client, then checking in wireshark for ect(3)
> marked packets.
I verified this with printk. The same issue already appears if I have
just the fq patch (with the codel patch reverted).

>> - if I put a hack in the fq code to force the hash to a constant value
> You could also set "flows" to 1 to keep the hash being generated, but
> not actually use it.
>> (effectively disabling fq without disabling codel), the problem
>> disappears and even multiple streams get proper performance.
> Meaning you get 90-110Mbits ?

> Do you have a "before toke" figure for this platform?
It's quite similar.

>> Please let me know if you have any ideas.
> I am in berlin, packing hardware...

- Felix

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