[Make-wifi-fast] [PATCH RFC v3 0/4] Move TXQ scheduling into mac80211

Toke Høiland-Jørgensen toke at toke.dk
Mon Sep 10 07:17:51 EDT 2018

Johannes Berg <johannes at sipsolutions.net> writes:

> On Sat, 2018-09-08 at 00:22 +0200, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:
>> A few things that were discussed in the last round that I did *not* change:
> Thanks for this list btw.
>> - I did not add any locking around next_txq(); the driver is still supposed
>>   to maintain a lock that prevents two threads from trying to schedule the
>>   same AC at the same time. This is what drivers already do, so I figured it
>>   was easier to just keep it that way rather than do it in mac80211.
> I'll look at this in the code, but from a maintainer perspective I'm
> somewhat worried that this will lead to issues that are really the
> driver's fault, but surface in mac80211. I don't know how easy it
> would be to catch that.

Yeah, I get what you mean. The alternative would be to have a
ieee80211_start_schedule(ac) and ieee80211_end_schedule(ac), which
basically just takes a lock. Would mean we could get rid of the 'first'
parameter for next_txq(), so might not be such a bad idea; and if the
driver has its own locking the extra locking in mac80211 would just be
an always-uncontested spinlock, which shouldn't be much overhead, right?


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