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Date:   Wed, 11 Mar 2020 22:09:56 -0500
From:   Alex Elder <elder@...aro.org>
To:     Dave Taht <dave.taht@...il.com>
Cc:     David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
        Bjorn Andersson <bjorn.andersson@...aro.org>,
        Andy Gross <agross@...nel.org>,
        Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>,
        Dan Williams <dcbw@...hat.com>,
        Evan Green <evgreen@...gle.com>,
        Eric Caruso <ejcaruso@...gle.com>,
        Susheel Yadav Yadagiri <syadagir@...eaurora.org>,
        Chaitanya Pratapa <cpratapa@...eaurora.org>,
        Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan <subashab@...eaurora.org>,
        Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
        Ohad Ben-Cohen <ohad@...ery.com>,
        Siddharth Gupta <sidgup@...eaurora.org>,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        devicetree@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-arm-kernel <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
        linux-arm-msm@...r.kernel.org, linux-soc@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 00/17] net: introduce Qualcomm IPA driver (UPDATED)

On 3/9/20 11:54 AM, Dave Taht wrote:
> I am happy to see this driver upstream.
> 
>> Arnd's concern was that the rmnet_data0 network device does not
>> have the benefit of information about the state of the underlying
>> IPA hardware in order to be effective in controlling TX flow.
>> The feared result is over-buffering of TX packets (bufferbloat).
>> I began working on some simple experiments to see whether (or how
>> much) his concern was warranted.  But it turned out that completing
>> these experiments was much more work than had been hoped.
> 
> Members of the bufferbloat project *care*, and have tools and testbeds for
> exploring these issues. It would be good to establish a relationship with
> the vendor, obtain hardware, and other (technical and financial) support, if
> possible.
> 
> Is there any specific hardware now available (generally or in beta) that
> can be obtained by us to take a harder look? A contact at linaro or QCA
> willing discuss options?

There exists some hardware that could be used, but at the moment I have
not ported this code to operate on it.  It is a current effort however,
and I will be glad to keep you in the loop on progress.  There are a
couple of target environments we'd like to support but until last week
the primary goal was inclusion in the upstream tree.

I will follow up with you after the dust settles a little bit with
this patch series, maybe in a week or so.  In the mean time I'll
also find out whether there are any other resources (people and/or
hardware) available.

					-Alex

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