[Make-wifi-fast] comments on renaming iperf 2 to iperf next generation

Bob McMahon bob.mcmahon at broadcom.com
Tue Aug 16 14:54:32 EDT 2022

Hi All,

It's unfortunate that numbers have been used in iperf naming. Many think
iperf3 is the next version of iperf (or iperf2.)  The number in the name
isn't a version number as iperf 2 and iperf 3 are different code bases,
different developers, have different goals, and don't interoperate.

I'm thinking it's a good time to break this number as part of the name and
only use -v for version numbers. In that context, I'm thinking about
renaming iperf 2 to iperf next generation. The "next generation" implies
that are lots of new features around responsiveness and latency.

This proposed name will be used in web sites, etc. The "iperf2" binary will
still just be iperf. I'm also hoping to get an IANA service as 'iperf' that
way any device that supports the iperf 2.1.8 can also advertise
responsiveness support.

Here is an example and proposed updates to sourceforge.
<https://sourceforge.net/projects/iperf2/> My hope is that this will help
clear up the confusion between the two different tools.


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