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

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Wed Oct 11 10:15:44 EDT 2017

On Wed, 2017-10-11 at 16:06 +0200, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:

> > Hmm, not sure. We really want this to be scheduled pretty much
> > immediately because the other side will be waiting for the frames,
> > and
> > if we don't get an answer out quickly it'll have to assume we're
> > broken. I don't know what the limit here is for our firmware, but
> > we
> > should really get this out as soon as possible in this case.
> OK. But presumably it can't preempt packets already pushed to the
> hardware, right? 

True. If there are still packets scheduled then it needs even more
driver tricks to drop those back to tx_pending first ...

> So telling the driver to immediately schedule a packet,
> and making sure that the txq it gets from next_txq() is the right one
> should do the trick? But I guess it's a bit of a roundabout way,
> which may not be worth it to avoid an extra callback...

Yeah, might work, but remember that we need to mangle the packet, and
for that we need to know how many packets will go out. E.g. with U-
APSD, if we tell the driver 8 packets are OK, and it only wants 6, then
that's acceptable, but we have to tag the last of those with EOSP ...

So one way or another I think we need a separate callback here, and
perhaps just have the driver do the EOSP tagging, or have a separate
function to pull the frames so mac80211 can do the tagging, dunno.

Note that this is only for _some_ drivers, others will implement much
of this in firmware.


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