[Make-wifi-fast] [RFC 1/3] mac80211: Add TXQ scheduling API

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Wed Oct 11 04:46:33 EDT 2017

On Tue, 2017-10-10 at 19:51 +0200, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:

> > > +	struct list_head active_txqs;
> > > +	spinlock_t active_txq_lock;
> > 
> > Is there much point in having a separate lock? We probably need the
> > fq lock in most places related to this anyway?
> Well, once the scheduler gets a bit smarter it may be necessary to
> much with the order of TXQs on there without touching any of the
> queues (e.g., when calculating airtime usage on TX and RX
> completion). Not sure if that is enough to warrant a separate lock,
> though; I hadn't thought about just grabbing fq->lock...

Ok, dunno. It seemed sort of related but perhaps it's not really.

> > Also maybe you should only do that if the TXQ isn't *empty*, so the
> > driver could call this unconditionally?
> There can be cases where the driver wants the queue to be scheduled
> even though it looks empty from mac80211's point of view. For ath9k,
> the driver keeps its retry queue in the drv_priv part of the txq
> structure, so it will check if that is empty before deciding to call
> the schedule function.
> This is also related to the PS behaviour, so guess this could be
> changed once that is all TXQ-based...

Interesting. I guess scheduling an empty queue doesn't really matter
for mac80211 anyway though - just some extra work if we try to get
frames from it.


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