[Make-wifi-fast] Flent results for point-to-point Wi-Fi on LEDE/OM2P-HS available
peteheist at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 10:26:39 EST 2017
> Yeah, I have recently begun learning Go myself, and like it too. Apart
> from the fact that it produces these huge statically linked binaries,
> and requires glibc, so you can't run it on embedded systems (such as
> If I were to integrate code that actually shipped packets into Flent, I
> would probably use Python…
Even after the new SSA back end, they can still be large. I hadn’t thought to run Flent on embedded hardware, so there isn’t a performance impact from running the test code itself on the hardware you’re testing. But that’s true, if it needs to sometimes, then Go doesn’t work.
>> It’s not critical, but why am I able to see this level of reduction
>> when there’s already fq-codel in the driver? 25ms is very good, I only
>> wonder where I’m getting the extra 10-15ms from, out of interest. :)
>> The driver queues up two aggregates beneath the queue to keep the
>> hardware busy. It may be possible to improve slightly upon this, but we
>> have not gotten around to trying yet.
>> Ok, if rtt were about half of 25ms there would be almost no argument
>> for external rate limiting. Even as it is now, I question what
>> difference the user sees between 12ms and 25ms latency for Internet
>> traffic. It also makes me more interested to see results for Chaos
>> Calmer with fq_codel applied on the Wi-Fi device without limiting.
> Yup, exactly. We want to get to the point where you'll have no reason to
> do any rate limiting.
That reminds me, is there any way to disable fq-codel in the ath9k driver, and revert to being able to use the qdisc layer without limiting? Then I could do this testing without having to install Chaos Calmer, and it could avoid some re-flashing in case I need to re-test something in the new driver code again.
I picked up 2x NanoStation M5 and 2x of FreeNet’s older APUs (https://pcengines.ch/alix2d2.htm <https://pcengines.ch/alix2d2.htm>), and should add more results soon. I also hope to try some of their more modern hardware, as the APUs in particular are a bit ancient, but I'll see if it becomes available.
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