Lots of changes:
* aggregation handling improvements for some drivers
* hidden AP discovery on 6 GHz and other HE 6 GHz
* minstrel improvements for no-ack frames
* deferred rate control for TXQs to improve reaction
* virtual time-based airtime scheduler
* along with various little cleanups/fixups
mac80211: Switch to a virtual time-based airtime scheduler
This switches the airtime scheduler in mac80211 to use a virtual
time-based scheduler instead of the round-robin scheduler used before.
This has a couple of advantages:
- No need to sync up the round-robin scheduler in firmware/hardware with
the round-robin airtime scheduler.
- If several stations are eligible for transmission we can schedule both
of them; no need to hard-block the scheduling rotation until the head
of the queue has used up its quantum.
- The check of whether a station is eligible for transmission becomes
simpler (in ieee80211_txq_may_transmit()).
The drawback is that scheduling becomes slightly more expensive, as we
need to maintain an rbtree of TXQs sorted by virtual time. This means
that ieee80211_register_airtime() becomes O(logN) in the number of
currently scheduled TXQs because it can change the order of the
scheduled stations. We mitigate this overhead by only resorting when a
station changes position in the tree, and hopefully N rarely grows too
big (it's only TXQs currently backlogged, not all associated stations),
so it shouldn't be too big of an issue.
To prevent divisions in the fast path, we maintain both station sums and
pre-computed reciprocals of the sums. This turns the fast-path operation
into a multiplication, with divisions only happening as the number of
active stations change (to re-compute the current sum of all active
station weights). To prevent this re-computation of the reciprocal from
happening too frequently, we use a time-based notion of station
activity, instead of updating the weight every time a station gets
scheduled or de-scheduled. As queues can oscillate between empty and
occupied quite frequently, this can significantly cut down on the number
of re-computations. It also has the added benefit of making the station
airtime calculation independent on whether the queue happened to have
drained at the time an airtime value was accounted.
Co-developed-by: Yibo Zhao <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Yibo Zhao <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <email@example.com>
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