[Make-wifi-fast] [PATCH v9 2/2] mac80211: Move reorder-sensitive TX handlers to after TXQ dequeue

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Fri Sep 30 08:43:32 EDT 2016

> Because I need to run it anyway for the xmit_fast path on dequeue. I
> thought doing it this way simplifies the code (at the cost of the
> handler getting called twice when xmit_fast is not active).

Ok, that's fair.

> > I *think* it should commute with the rate control handler, but even
> > so, wouldn't it make more sense to have rate control late? Assuming
> > the packets are queued for some amount of time, having rate control
> > information queued with them would get stale.
> Yes, having rate control run at dequeue would be good, and that's
> what I did initially. However, I found that this would lead to a
> deadlock because the rate control handler would send out packets in
> some cases (I forget the details but can go back and check if
> needed). And since the dequeue function is called with the driver TXQ
> lock held, that would lead to a deadlock when those packets made it
> to the driver TX path.

That seems really odd, but I can see how a deadlock happens then.

> So I decided to just keep it this way for now; I plan to go poking
> into the rate controller later anyway, so moving the handler to later
> could be part of that.

Sure, that's fair.

> But that handler only sets a few flags? Is
> tx->sdata->control_port_protocol likely to change while the packet is
> queued?

Oh right, I confused things there. We check the controlled port much
earlier, but anyway that should be OK.

> > It's a bit unfortunate that you lose fast-xmit here completely for
> > the key stuff, but I don't see a good way to avoid that, other than
> > completely rejiggering all the (possibly affected) queues when keys
> > change... might be very complex to do that, certainly a follow-up
> > patch if it's desired.
> Yeah, figured it was better to have something that's correct and then
> go back and change it if the performance hit turns out to be too
> high.

Makes sense.

> > This check seems a bit weird though - how could fast-xmit be set
> > without a TXQ station?
> I think that is probably just left over from before I introduced the
> control flag. Should be fine to remove it.


> > 
> > > 
> > > +++ b/net/mac80211/util.c
> > > @@ -3393,11 +3393,18 @@ void ieee80211_txq_get_depth(struct
> > > ieee80211_txq *txq,
> > >  			     unsigned long *byte_cnt)
> > >  {
> > >  	struct txq_info *txqi = to_txq_info(txq);
> > > +	u32 frag_cnt = 0, frag_bytes = 0;
> > > +	struct sk_buff *skb;
> > > +
> > > +	skb_queue_walk(&txqi->frags, skb) {
> > > +		frag_cnt++;
> > > +		frag_bytes += skb->len;
> > > +	}
> > 
> > I hope this is called infrequently :)
> Well, ath10k is the only user. It does get called on each
> wake_tx_queue, though, so not that infrequently. My reasoning was
> that since the frags queue is never going to have more than a fairly
> small number of packets in it (those produced from a single split
> packet), counting this way is acceptable instead of keeping a state
> variable up to date. Can change it if you disagree :)

No, I guess you're right, it can't be a long queue.

> Not sure if you want a v10, or if you're satisfied with the above
> comments and will just fix up the nits on merging?

I'll fix it up. Thanks!


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