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

Felix Fietkau nbd at nbd.name
Wed Jul 13 04:53:12 EDT 2016

On 2016-07-13 09:57, Dave Taht wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 4:02 PM, Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name> wrote:
>>> 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
> So this is a single core at the near-bottom end of the range. I guess
> we also should find a MIPS 24c derivative that runs at 400Mhz or so.
> What HZ? (I no longer know how much higher HZ settings make any
> difference, but I'm usually at NOHZ and 250, rather than 100.)
> And all the testing to date was on much higher end multi-cores.
>>>> What happens when going through the AP to a server from the wireless client?
>>> Will test that next.
> Anddddd?
Single stream: 130 Mbit/s, 70% idle
Two streams: 50-80 Mbit/s (wildly fluctuating), 73% idle.

>>>> Which direction?
>>> AP->STA, iperf running on the AP. Client is a regular MacBook Pro
>>> (Broadcom).
>> There are always 2 wifi chips in play. Like the Sith.
>>>>> 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?
>>> ~20%
>>>>> - when running multiple TCP streams, I get only 35-40 Mbit/s total
>>>> with how much cpu left over?
>>> ~30%
> To me this implies a contending lock issue, too much work in the irq
> handler or too delayed work in the softirq handler....
> I thought you were very brave to try and backport this.
I don't think this has anything to do with contending locks, CPU
utilization, etc. The code does something to the packets that TCP really
doesn't like.

- Felix

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