[Make-wifi-fast] [RFC] mac80211: Add airtime fairness accounting

David Lang david at lang.hm
Fri Oct 6 18:40:14 EDT 2017

On Fri, 6 Oct 2017, Johannes Berg wrote:

>> Well, calculating the duration from the rate and size is what ath9k
>> is currently doing, and that has all the information available to do
>> so (I did verify that the airtime was almost identical on the TX and
>> RX side for the same traffic).
> It's still iffy - with aggregation you might have a better idea of the
> total airtime, but not really see - in the higher layers - all the
> padding that comes between A-MPDUs etc. I think many drivers could do
> better by exposing the total airtime from the device/firmware, whereas
> exposing _all_ the little details that you need to calculate it post-
> facto will be really difficult, and make the calculation really hard.

perfect is the enemy of good enough :-)

I don't think the intent is to try and be a perfect accounting, if the total 
calculated time ends up being > 100%, it doesn't really matter, what matters is 
the relative behavior of the stations, and while the naive calculation fails to 
properly reward a station that's being more efficient, it is still good enough 
to punish stations using lower bandwidth modes (which is a far larger cause of 

while it's ideal to have the driver provide the airtime, falling back to a naive 
(but relativly cheap) calculation if a time isn't provided.

David Lang

More information about the Make-wifi-fast mailing list