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[Bug 1670041] [NEW] Poor performance of Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac (rev 32) (Killer Wireless 1535)
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-03-04 19:32:49 UTC
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Public bug reported:

I experience a very poor 802.11ac performance of a QCA6174 Wireless card
(Killer Wireless 1535).

This is a dev version of Zesty with a recently released 4.10 kernel:

uname -r
4.10.0-9-generic

dpkg -l linux-firmware | grep ii
ii linux-firmware 1.163 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers


lspci -vvv:

...
3b:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 334
Region 0: Memory at dd200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
Kernel modules: ath10k_pci


-----------------------------------------

Testing wireless speed with RT-87U 802.11ac router shows that the speed
is only 27.3 megabits per second which is very low for an 802.11ac card:

iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 48930 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 32.6 MBytes 27.3 Mbits/sec

------------------------------------

For comparison, on the same network (from the same distance to the
router) I have the following result with an Intel's card (on a 4.8
kernel, different laptop):

UX32LN:~$ lspci | grep 7260
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev bb)

UX32LN:~$ iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.208 port 37196 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.1 sec 237 MBytes 198 Mbits/sec
***@UX32LN:~$ lsp
lspci lspcmcia lspgpot

200 Mbps is much better.

-----------------------------------

Back to the problematic card:

Booted 16.04.2 with the rolling HWE kernel 4.8:

journalctl -k | grep -i ath
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: pci irq msi oper_irq_mode 2 irq_mode 0 reset_mode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/pre-cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not fetch firmware file 'ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin': -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1 tracing 1 dfs 0 testmode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: firmware ver WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1 api 4 features wowlan,ignore-otp,no-4addr-pad crc32 75dee6c5
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: board_file api 2 bmi_id N/A crc32 6fc88fe7
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: htt-ver 3.26 wmi-op 4 htt-op 3 cal otp max-sta 32 raw 0 hwcrypto 1
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Regpair used: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0 wlp59s0: renamed from wlan0

iperf -c 10.10.10.1
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 10.10.10.1, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 43786 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 43.0 MBytes 36.0 Mbits/sec

--------------------------------

Booted on 4.4 General Availability kernel - the card did not work at
all:

Mar 04 18:51:54 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: failed to enable dynamic BW: -11
Mar 04 18:52:00 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not suspend target (-11)

--------------------------------

The card's product name is Killer Wireless-AC 1535:
http://www.killernetworking.com/products/killer-wireless-ac-1535

The card vendor refers to linux-firmware 1.163:
http://www.killernetworking.com/driver-downloads/knowledge-base?view=topic&id=2

---------------------------------

I tend to blame Atheros firmware so I've tried whatever kvalo has in the
ath10k-firmware

https://github.com/kvalo/ath10k-firmware

sudo rmmod ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

# this gets rid of some of the kernel warnings about firmware but the
performance remains low

sudo cp ath10k-
firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin

sudo cp ath10k-firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin

sudo modprobe -a ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

----------------------------------

Tried both 5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz modes - got similar results.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: linux-image-4.10.0-9-generic 4.10.0-9.11
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-9.11-generic 4.10.0
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
AudioDevicesInUse:
USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
/dev/snd/controlC0: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
/dev/snd/controlC1: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
CurrentDesktop: Unity:Unity7
Date: Sat Mar 4 22:03:00 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-02-27 (5 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170227)
MachineType: Razer Blade
ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.10.0-9-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=3f515c94-cd91-48b4-80f6-84ec24cb7b8f ro rootflags=subvol=@ quiet button.lid_init_state=open pcie_aspm=off
RelatedPackageVersions:
linux-restricted-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
linux-backports-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
linux-firmware 1.163
SourcePackage: linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 01/10/2017
dmi.bios.vendor: Razer
dmi.bios.version: 1.00
dmi.board.name: Razer
dmi.board.vendor: Razer
dmi.chassis.type: 9
dmi.chassis.vendor: Razer
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnRazer:bvr1.00:bd01/10/2017:svnRazer:pnBlade:pvr6.06:rvnRazer:rnRazer:rvr:cvnRazer:ct9:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Blade
dmi.product.version: 6.06
dmi.sys.vendor: Razer

** Affects: linux (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New


** Tags: amd64 apport-bug zesty

** Summary changed:

- Poor performance of Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac (rev 32) ()
+ Poor performance of Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac (rev 32) (Killer Wireless 1535)
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Brad Figg
2017-03-04 20:00:11 UTC
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** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
Status: New => Confirmed
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-03-04 20:05:22 UTC
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Just to rule out the case of bad compatibility between the STA on the
router (Quantenna QSR1000 chipset, QT3840BC SoC in case of my RT-87U)
and the client WNIC I also checked with a different STA.

So the second router's 802.11ac hardware is Compex_WLE900VX Qualcomm
Atheros QCA9880 (V2) which uses ath10k driver as well. Therefore, I've
tested laptop's ath10k on 4.10 with router's ath10k on 4.4 kernel:

***@turris:~# uname -r
4.4.39-80079e1c1e5f9ca7ad734044462a761a-4

***@turris:~# lspci -vvv

02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA986x/988x 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr+ Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 120
Region 0: Memory at e0200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
Expansion ROM at e0400000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/8 Maskable+ 64bit-
Address: f1020a04 Data: 0f10
Masking: 00fe00fe Pending: 00000000
Capabilities: [70] Express (v2) Endpoint, MSI 00
DevCap: MaxPayload 256 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s unlimited, L1 <64us
ExtTag- AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE+ FLReset- SlotPowerLimit 0.000W
DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
RlxdOrd+ ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
DevSta: CorrErr+ UncorrErr- FatalErr- UnsuppReq- AuxPwr- TransPend-
LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Exit Latency L0s <4us, L1 <64us
ClockPM- Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot- ASPMOptComp-
LnkCtl: ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- CommClk-
ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
LnkSta: Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
DevCap2: Completion Timeout: Not Supported, TimeoutDis+, LTR-, OBFF Not Supported
DevCtl2: Completion Timeout: 50us to 50ms, TimeoutDis-, LTR-, OBFF Disabled
LnkCtl2: Target Link Speed: 2.5GT/s, EnterCompliance- SpeedDis-
Transmit Margin: Normal Operating Range, EnterModifiedCompliance- ComplianceSOS-
Compliance De-emphasis: -6dB
LnkSta2: Current De-emphasis Level: -6dB, EqualizationComplete-, EqualizationPhase1-
EqualizationPhase2-, EqualizationPhase3-, LinkEqualizationRequest-
Capabilities: [100 v1] Advanced Error Reporting
UESta: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UEMsk: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UESvrt: DLP+ SDES+ TLP- FCP+ CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
CESta: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
CEMsk: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr+
AERCap: First Error Pointer: 00, GenCap- CGenEn- ChkCap- ChkEn-
Capabilities: [140 v1] Virtual Channel
Caps: LPEVC=0 RefClk=100ns PATEntryBits=1
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128-
Ctrl: ArbSelect=Fixed
Status: InProgress-
VC0: Caps: PATOffset=00 MaxTimeSlots=1 RejSnoopTrans-
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128- TWRR128- WRR256-
Ctrl: Enable+ ID=0 ArbSelect=Fixed TC/VC=ff
Status: NegoPending- InProgress-
Capabilities: [160 v1] Device Serial Number 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci


***@turris:~# iperf -s
------------------------------------------------------------
Server listening on TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 4] local 192.168.1.1 port 5001 connected with 192.168.1.149 port 45706
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 27.4 MBytes 22.9 Mbits/sec

The result is the same so it is definitely not a router/compatibility
issue.
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-03-05 16:06:08 UTC
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** Description changed:

- I experience a very poor 802.11ac performance of a QCA6174 Wireless card
- (Killer Wireless 1535).
+ Update: added some forensics in the paste (a long read):
+ http://paste.ubuntu.com/24118478/
+
+ TL;DR with a bit of intuition:
+ We need a new firmware-5.bin from Qualcomm Atheros for this rev 32 card in order to make it work well - if anybody has contacts there it would be nice to ask them to upload this to the upstream linux-firmware tree.
+
+ 3b:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
+ qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
+
+
+ Original message:
+ ------
+ I experience a very poor 802.11ac performance of a QCA6174 Wireless card (Killer Wireless 1535).

This is a dev version of Zesty with a recently released 4.10 kernel:

- uname -r
+ uname -r
4.10.0-9-generic

dpkg -l linux-firmware | grep ii
ii linux-firmware 1.163 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers

-
lspci -vvv:

...
3b:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
- Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
- Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
- Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
- Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
- Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 334
- Region 0: Memory at dd200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
- Capabilities: <access denied>
- Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
- Kernel modules: ath10k_pci
-
+         Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
+         Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
+         Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
+         Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
+         Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 334
+         Region 0: Memory at dd200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
+         Capabilities: <access denied>
+         Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
+         Kernel modules: ath10k_pci

-----------------------------------------

Testing wireless speed with RT-87U 802.11ac router shows that the speed
is only 27.3 megabits per second which is very low for an 802.11ac card:

iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 48930 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 32.6 MBytes 27.3 Mbits/sec

------------------------------------

For comparison, on the same network (from the same distance to the
router) I have the following result with an Intel's card (on a 4.8
kernel, different laptop):

UX32LN:~$ lspci | grep 7260
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev bb)

UX32LN:~$ iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.208 port 37196 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.1 sec 237 MBytes 198 Mbits/sec
***@UX32LN:~$ lsp
lspci lspcmcia lspgpot

200 Mbps is much better.

-----------------------------------

Back to the problematic card:

Booted 16.04.2 with the rolling HWE kernel 4.8:

journalctl -k | grep -i ath
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: pci irq msi oper_irq_mode 2 irq_mode 0 reset_mode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/pre-cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not fetch firmware file 'ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin': -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1 tracing 1 dfs 0 testmode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: firmware ver WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1 api 4 features wowlan,ignore-otp,no-4addr-pad crc32 75dee6c5
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: board_file api 2 bmi_id N/A crc32 6fc88fe7
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: htt-ver 3.26 wmi-op 4 htt-op 3 cal otp max-sta 32 raw 0 hwcrypto 1
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Regpair used: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0 wlp59s0: renamed from wlan0

iperf -c 10.10.10.1
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 10.10.10.1, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 43786 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 43.0 MBytes 36.0 Mbits/sec

--------------------------------

Booted on 4.4 General Availability kernel - the card did not work at
all:

Mar 04 18:51:54 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: failed to enable dynamic BW: -11
Mar 04 18:52:00 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not suspend target (-11)

--------------------------------

The card's product name is Killer Wireless-AC 1535:
http://www.killernetworking.com/products/killer-wireless-ac-1535

The card vendor refers to linux-firmware 1.163:
http://www.killernetworking.com/driver-downloads/knowledge-base?view=topic&id=2

---------------------------------

I tend to blame Atheros firmware so I've tried whatever kvalo has in the
ath10k-firmware

https://github.com/kvalo/ath10k-firmware

sudo rmmod ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

# this gets rid of some of the kernel warnings about firmware but the
performance remains low

sudo cp ath10k-
firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin

sudo cp ath10k-firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin

sudo modprobe -a ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

----------------------------------

Tried both 5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz modes - got similar results.

+ ----------------------------------
+
ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: linux-image-4.10.0-9-generic 4.10.0-9.11
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-9.11-generic 4.10.0
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
AudioDevicesInUse:
- USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
- /dev/snd/controlC0: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
- /dev/snd/controlC1: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
+  USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
+  /dev/snd/controlC0: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
+  /dev/snd/controlC1: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
CurrentDesktop: Unity:Unity7
Date: Sat Mar 4 22:03:00 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-02-27 (5 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170227)
MachineType: Razer Blade
ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.10.0-9-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=3f515c94-cd91-48b4-80f6-84ec24cb7b8f ro rootflags=subvol=@ quiet button.lid_init_state=open pcie_aspm=off
RelatedPackageVersions:
- linux-restricted-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
- linux-backports-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
- linux-firmware 1.163
+  linux-restricted-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
+  linux-backports-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
+  linux-firmware 1.163
SourcePackage: linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 01/10/2017
dmi.bios.vendor: Razer
dmi.bios.version: 1.00
dmi.board.name: Razer
dmi.board.vendor: Razer
dmi.chassis.type: 9
dmi.chassis.vendor: Razer
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnRazer:bvr1.00:bd01/10/2017:svnRazer:pnBlade:pvr6.06:rvnRazer:rnRazer:rvr:cvnRazer:ct9:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Blade
dmi.product.version: 6.06
dmi.sys.vendor: Razer
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Confirmed *NFA364xp.bin and qca61x4_2_2.bin usage by Windows. linux-
firmware's version is definitely not up-to-date for this card as it
refers to NFA324i (see the paste link).

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Would it be possible for you to test the latest upstream kernel? Refer
to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelMainlineBuilds . Please test the latest
v4.11 kernel[0].

If this bug is fixed in the mainline kernel, please add the following
tag 'kernel-fixed-upstream'.

If the mainline kernel does not fix this bug, please add the tag:
'kernel-bug-exists-upstream'.

Once testing of the upstream kernel is complete, please mark this bug as
"Confirmed".


Thanks in advance.

[0] http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11-rc1/


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***@blade:~$ uname -r
4.11.0-041100rc1-generic

***@blade:~$ dpkg -l linux-firmware
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
+++-=============================================-===========================-===========================-===============================================================================================
ii linux-firmware 1.163 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers


***@blade:~$ journalctl -k | grep ath10k
мар 06 20:29:43 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
мар 06 20:29:43 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: pci irq msi oper_irq_mode 2 irq_mode 0 reset_mode 0
мар 06 20:29:44 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
мар 06 20:29:44 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1 tracing 1 dfs 0 testmode 0
мар 06 20:29:44 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: firmware ver WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1 api 4 features wowlan,ignore-otp,no-4addr-pad crc32 75dee6c5
мар 06 20:29:44 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: board_file api 2 bmi_id N/A crc32 6fc88fe7
мар 06 20:29:46 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: htt-ver 3.26 wmi-op 4 htt-op 3 cal otp max-sta 32 raw 0 hwcrypto 1
мар 06 20:29:46 blade kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0 wlp59s0: renamed from wlan0


-----------------

***@blade:~⟫ iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 57506 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 14.5 MBytes 12.1 Mbits/sec


Server-side:

RT-AC87U-F280:/tmp/home/root# iperf -s
------------------------------------------------------------
Server listening on TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 4] local 10.10.10.1 port 5001 connected with 10.10.10.78 port 57506
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 14.5 MBytes 12.1 Mbits/sec


Just to confirm that ath10k changes (if any for 4.11) do not affect this: the chip firmware files are still old.

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JonAbrah
2017-05-03 20:09:37 UTC
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I'm also experience abysmal Wi-Fi performance with QCA6174 on a new
Lenovo Yoga 910 - dropping connection every few minutes, reporting very
low network strength coverage.

Out of the box, the card didn't work at all with neither Ubuntu Xenial
LTS nor elementaryOS 0.4 Loki, but I got it running rudimentarily with
the latest hwe-edge kernel 4.10.0.20 and linux-firmware (1.164). I've
tried upgrading to the latest firmware packages from github.com /kvalo
/ath10k-firmware/tree/master/QCA6174 to fix the poor connection
performance of the network card, but it sadly doesn't seem to have had
any noticeable effect.

I've also disabled the network card power-savings, disabled IPv6, tried
all sorts of tinkering with the router, nothing seems to fix the poor
performance. A weird quirk I noticed is that if the notebook is
completely still, network connection drops less frequently, but if the
computer is moved by just a bit, then the network connection drops
noticeably.

One problem is that the network indicator doesn't even report that the
connection has been lost/dropped, the only way it's noticed is the long
buffering time it takes suddenly to load websites: sudo service
network-manager stop/start fixes this temporarily, but this is far from
a solution and very annoying.

What can I do to fix this (apart from using Windows :( )? Any
recommendations?
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2017-05-04 06:31:07 UTC
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Try to get the firmware from the linux-firmware git tree
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git
copy the firmwares in ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/ to /lib/firmware/
It should help.
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Thank AceLan, I gave it a try, but it seems that those files are the
same or older than the ones available on github.com/kvalo/ath10k-
firmware/tree/master/QCA6174 and the poor performance remains.


I also found a bug from 2015 https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-firmware/+bug/1520343 , which seems related to this and affects a lot of other people - that bug was originally due to the card not being supported [which has now been fixed], but has developed lately with more comments into the random poor performance of the card under linux. Although, the original poster to this bug has provided more detailed logs for a potential solution.

I think it's apparent that there's a real problem with the linux-
firmware of QCA6174 and I've personally reached a point where I'm not
sure if it's worth riding it out or to jump OS-ship.
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KalleValo, I added you in the hopes for some insight.
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Kalle Valo
2017-05-05 06:30:49 UTC
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I'm having a hard time understanding this bug report, so I have some
extra questions:

Is the 27.3 Mbit/s throughput transmit (laptop -> AP) or receive (AP ->
laptop) speed? That's an important detail to know.

Also I see claims that this is a firmware problem, how was that
conclusion made?

If receive throughput is good but transmit throughput is low when it's
most like the longstanding problem ath10k has with Linux TCP stack. To
confirm that there's a hack patch which workarounds the issue:

https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/5784701/
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2017-05-05 10:45:12 UTC
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My observations are mostly just significantly lower signal strength than
another laptop I have with intel wireless during side by side test. I'm
receiving an intel AC 8265 (Model 8265NGW) in the coming days to do a
comparison in the same chassis for a fair test (in case of antenna
performance issues).
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
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Kalle,

The chip firmware was a guess based upon somebody else's feedback:
http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/ath10k/2016-January/006714.html

It might not be true at all and I have done some investigation after
creating this bug report a month ago.

My notes from back then:

- iperf tcp vs udp performance measurements vary with QCA6174;
- iperf (2.0.5 2010) does report 200 Mbit/s on an Intel card (tcp workload);
- 200 Mbit/s is achievable on QCA6174 when generating UDP workloads via iperf;
- Upload performance (laptop -> router -> server) via rsync over ssh caps at 4 MB/s ~~ 32 Mbit/s at first. May even reach 6 MB/s ~ 48 Mbit/s or 8.5 MB at some point. But it never reaches the peak UDP rates of 200Mbit/s. This might seem ok but the fact is that stats are different for the Intel card.
- Download (server -> router -> laptop) performance with rsync caps at 62.69 MB/s (megabytes per second).
- This is not a server HDD bottleneck - the destination storage was an SSD.
- A TCP workload (iperf -c <addr>) initiated from the server side 578 Mbits/sec to iperf -s on the QCA6174 WNIC side caps at 578 Mbit/s ~ 72 MB/s

This maps well to what you are saying about the longstanding problem
with ath10k & TCP stack.

I will try out the hack to confirm.
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2017-05-05 18:06:09 UTC
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** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Joseph Salisbury (jsalisbury)

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
Status: Confirmed => In Progress
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** Also affects: linux (Ubuntu Zesty)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Zesty)
Importance: Undecided => Medium

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Zesty)
Status: New => In Progress

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Zesty)
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2017-05-05 18:48:16 UTC
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I built a Zesty test kernel with the patch posted in comment 11. The
test kernel can be downloaded from:

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~jsalisbury/lp1670041/

Note, with this test kernel you need to install both the linux-image and
linux-image-extra .deb packages.
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Thanks Joseph! I will try it out.
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Hi, just a quick update: I have not forgotten about trying out the new
kernel. I am currently geographically far away from the access point
that I used for testing and it is hard to find 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the
wild.

I will provide the test results once I get to the right environment.
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Tested the patched kernel - the results are consistent now across laptop
-> server, server -> laptop tests for both TCP and UDP.

➜ ~ uname -a
Linux blade 4.10.0-20-generic #22~lp1670041 SMP Fri May 5 18:23:15 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

4 tests:
1) laptop -> server via AP (TCP);
2) laptop -> server via AP (UDP);
3) server -> laptop via AP (TCP);
4) server -> laptop via AP (UDP).

https://paste.ubuntu.com/24610258/

So with the patched kernel TCP performance seems to be fine.
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Just adding that I have the same problem on a Dell XPS13 9630 with the
same wifi card. Interesting though that iperf will show poor
performance (10Mbit/s) but web based speedtest pages show 150Mbps.
Windows will also show about 100Mbit/s with iperf running while Ubuntu
will show just 10Mbit/s.
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** Description changed:

+ Update (2017-05-20):
+ Kalle Valo suggested a hack which increased client -> AP TCP performance - so it does not look like a firmware issue as I thought originally, rather an ath10k driver issue:
+ https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1670041/comments/11
+ https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/5784701/ (the hack is at the bottom)
+ Tested here:
+ https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1670041/comments/17
+
Update: added some forensics in the paste (a long read):
http://paste.ubuntu.com/24118478/

- TL;DR with a bit of intuition:
- We need a new firmware-5.bin from Qualcomm Atheros for this rev 32 card in order to make it work well - if anybody has contacts there it would be nice to ask them to upload this to the upstream linux-firmware tree.
+ -----

3b:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
-

Original message:
------
I experience a very poor 802.11ac performance of a QCA6174 Wireless card (Killer Wireless 1535).

This is a dev version of Zesty with a recently released 4.10 kernel:

uname -r
4.10.0-9-generic

dpkg -l linux-firmware | grep ii
ii linux-firmware 1.163 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers

lspci -vvv:

...
3b:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
        Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 334
        Region 0: Memory at dd200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
        Kernel modules: ath10k_pci

-----------------------------------------

Testing wireless speed with RT-87U 802.11ac router shows that the speed
is only 27.3 megabits per second which is very low for an 802.11ac card:

iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 48930 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 32.6 MBytes 27.3 Mbits/sec

------------------------------------

For comparison, on the same network (from the same distance to the
router) I have the following result with an Intel's card (on a 4.8
kernel, different laptop):

UX32LN:~$ lspci | grep 7260
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev bb)

UX32LN:~$ iperf -c rtr
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to rtr, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.208 port 37196 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.1 sec 237 MBytes 198 Mbits/sec
***@UX32LN:~$ lsp
lspci lspcmcia lspgpot

200 Mbps is much better.

-----------------------------------

Back to the problematic card:

Booted 16.04.2 with the rolling HWE kernel 4.8:

journalctl -k | grep -i ath
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: pci irq msi oper_irq_mode 2 irq_mode 0 reset_mode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/pre-cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/cal-pci-0000:3b:00.0.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: Direct firmware load for ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin failed with error -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not fetch firmware file 'ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin': -2
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000 chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:1535
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1 tracing 1 dfs 0 testmode 0
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: firmware ver WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1 api 4 features wowlan,ignore-otp,no-4addr-pad crc32 75dee6c5
Mar 04 18:28:31 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: board_file api 2 bmi_id N/A crc32 6fc88fe7
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: htt-ver 3.26 wmi-op 4 htt-op 3 cal otp max-sta 32 raw 0 hwcrypto 1
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a direct regpair map
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Country alpha2 being used: 00
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath: Regpair used: 0x6c
Mar 04 18:28:34 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0 wlp59s0: renamed from wlan0

iperf -c 10.10.10.1
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 10.10.10.1, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 10.10.10.78 port 43786 connected with 10.10.10.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 43.0 MBytes 36.0 Mbits/sec

--------------------------------

Booted on 4.4 General Availability kernel - the card did not work at
all:

Mar 04 18:51:54 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: failed to enable dynamic BW: -11
Mar 04 18:52:00 ubuntu kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:3b:00.0: could not suspend target (-11)

--------------------------------

The card's product name is Killer Wireless-AC 1535:
http://www.killernetworking.com/products/killer-wireless-ac-1535

The card vendor refers to linux-firmware 1.163:
http://www.killernetworking.com/driver-downloads/knowledge-base?view=topic&id=2

---------------------------------

I tend to blame Atheros firmware so I've tried whatever kvalo has in the
ath10k-firmware

https://github.com/kvalo/ath10k-firmware

sudo rmmod ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

# this gets rid of some of the kernel warnings about firmware but the
performance remains low

sudo cp ath10k-
firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin

sudo cp ath10k-firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin
/lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board-2.bin

sudo modprobe -a ath10k_pci ath10k_core ath mac80211 cfg80211

----------------------------------

Tried both 5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz modes - got similar results.

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ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: linux-image-4.10.0-9-generic 4.10.0-9.11
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-9.11-generic 4.10.0
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
AudioDevicesInUse:
 USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
 /dev/snd/controlC0: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
 /dev/snd/controlC1: dima 3458 F.... pulseaudio
CurrentDesktop: Unity:Unity7
Date: Sat Mar 4 22:03:00 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-02-27 (5 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170227)
MachineType: Razer Blade
ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.10.0-9-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=3f515c94-cd91-48b4-80f6-84ec24cb7b8f ro rootflags=subvol=@ quiet button.lid_init_state=open pcie_aspm=off
RelatedPackageVersions:
 linux-restricted-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
 linux-backports-modules-4.10.0-9-generic N/A
 linux-firmware 1.163
SourcePackage: linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 01/10/2017
dmi.bios.vendor: Razer
dmi.bios.version: 1.00
dmi.board.name: Razer
dmi.board.vendor: Razer
dmi.chassis.type: 9
dmi.chassis.vendor: Razer
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnRazer:bvr1.00:bd01/10/2017:svnRazer:pnBlade:pvr6.06:rvnRazer:rnRazer:rvr:cvnRazer:ct9:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Blade
dmi.product.version: 6.06
dmi.sys.vendor: Razer
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It doesn't look like the specific patch posted in #11 ever made it into
mainline. Can you test the v4.12-rc4 kernel to see if the bug was fixed
in a different way? It can be downloaded from:

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Cemal Dalar
2017-06-06 10:25:17 UTC
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I'm having the same problem. Using Dell XPS13 9360. I'm a developer but
doesn't know about kernel or modules. But any kind of test, I can try to
help if I have some instruction how to do it.

I really like to have this problem solved.


------------

***@cd-XPS-13-9360:~$ uname -a
Linux cd-XPS-13-9360 4.4.0-78-generic #99-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 27 15:29:09 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

***@cd-XPS-13-9360:~$ sudo lspci -vvv

3a:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx+
Latency: 0
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 135
Region 0: Memory at dc000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0+,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable+ Count=8/8 Maskable+ 64bit-
Address: fee00418 Data: 0000
Masking: 00000000 Pending: 00000000
Capabilities: [70] Express (v2) Endpoint, MSI 00
DevCap: MaxPayload 256 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s unlimited, L1 <64us
ExtTag- AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE+ FLReset-
DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
RlxdOrd+ ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
MaxPayload 256 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
DevSta: CorrErr- UncorrErr- FatalErr- UnsuppReq- AuxPwr+ TransPend-
LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Exit Latency L0s <4us, L1 <64us
ClockPM+ Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot- ASPMOptComp+
LnkCtl: ASPM L1 Enabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- CommClk+
ExtSynch- ClockPM+ AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
LnkSta: Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
DevCap2: Completion Timeout: Not Supported, TimeoutDis+, LTR+, OBFF Via message
DevCtl2: Completion Timeout: 50us to 50ms, TimeoutDis-, LTR+, OBFF Disabled
LnkCtl2: Target Link Speed: 2.5GT/s, EnterCompliance- SpeedDis-
Transmit Margin: Normal Operating Range, EnterModifiedCompliance- ComplianceSOS-
Compliance De-emphasis: -6dB
LnkSta2: Current De-emphasis Level: -6dB, EqualizationComplete-, EqualizationPhase1-
EqualizationPhase2-, EqualizationPhase3-, LinkEqualizationRequest-
Capabilities: [100 v2] Advanced Error Reporting
UESta: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UEMsk: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UESvrt: DLP+ SDES+ TLP- FCP+ CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
CESta: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
CEMsk: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr+
AERCap: First Error Pointer: 00, GenCap- CGenEn- ChkCap- ChkEn-
Capabilities: [148 v1] Virtual Channel
Caps: LPEVC=0 RefClk=100ns PATEntryBits=1
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128-
Ctrl: ArbSelect=Fixed
Status: InProgress-
VC0: Caps: PATOffset=00 MaxTimeSlots=1 RejSnoopTrans-
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128- TWRR128- WRR256-
Ctrl: Enable+ ID=0 ArbSelect=Fixed TC/VC=ff
Status: NegoPending- InProgress-
Capabilities: [168 v1] Device Serial Number 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
Capabilities: [178 v1] Latency Tolerance Reporting
Max snoop latency: 3145728ns
Max no snoop latency: 3145728ns
Capabilities: [180 v1] L1 PM Substates
L1SubCap: PCI-PM_L1.2+ PCI-PM_L1.1+ ASPM_L1.2+ ASPM_L1.1+ L1_PM_Substates+
PortCommonModeRestoreTime=50us PortTPowerOnTime=10us
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
Kernel modules: ath10k_pci
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Joseph,

No luck on 4.12.0-041200rc4-generic, unfortunately:
https://paste.ubuntu.com/24826561/
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Same here, #21. I have the same poor performance on 4.12-rc4.
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2017-06-12 12:30:20 UTC
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I see the same behavior as mikewiz38: via a webtest 104 Mbps download and in the graphical interface it lists as 6Mbps.
So speed is not bad - it just looks bad (on 16.04.1 with hwe kernel 4.8.0-53)
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2017-06-13 12:48:10 UTC
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I have the same problemi with dell XPS 13 9360.
Here the wifi info (https://github.com/UbuntuForums/wireless-info/raw/master/wireless-info) results, hope they are useful: http://paste.ubuntu.com/24848753/
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@kalle valeo, your patch appears to resolve this bug, but it still
exists in mainline. Do you have plans to submit this patch upstream?
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2017-06-29 22:38:09 UTC
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I also suffer from the same bug on dell xps 13 9360, tcp wi-fi is 5-10x
slower than on other devices.

@kalle we understand the patch you refer to is just a workaround, not a
solution. Is anyone working on a real fix?
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Dell XPS owner, I would also suggest you hassle Dell.. selling a laptop
with Ubuntu installed, where one of the devices doesn't even work properly
is a bit of a d1ck move. I've reported the issue with them which they
promised would be relayed to their hw team. More reports can't hurt!
Not that it helps but the card swap I mentioned earlier was effective
(better range, throughput and speed reporting now correct (I failed to
gather useful data for comparison before the card swap though).
Post by Kir Kolyshkin
I also suffer from the same bug on dell xps 13 9360, tcp wi-fi is 5-10x
slower than on other devices.
@kalle we understand the patch you refer to is just a workaround, not a
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Also confirmed this bug on Dell XPS 15 (9560) with gnome ubuntu 17.04
and 4.10/4.12 kernels.
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Should be the same as bug 1692836 , and there should be a fix in kernel
4.4.0-83.106
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acelankao,

In 1692836 the same hack mentioned by Kalle was applied.

I am not sure it is a proper fix though as it has not landed upstream:

http://elixir.free-
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skb_orphan() is not the way to go.

Can someone try the following patch ?

diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
index 4e985dea1dd24fdecfbf9b47d51cff698e97cd2f..5f394f2f524f6ac8d8d9bef50a1bfc99397d6724 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
@@ -2158,7 +2158,7 @@ static bool tcp_pacing_check(const struct sock *sk)
}

/* TCP Small Queues :
- * Control number of packets in qdisc/devices to two packets / or ~1 ms.
+ * Control number of packets in qdisc/devices to two packets / or ~4 ms.
* (These limits are doubled for retransmits)
* This allows for :
* - better RTT estimation and ACK scheduling
@@ -2173,7 +2173,7 @@ static bool tcp_small_queue_check(struct sock *sk, const struct sk_buff *skb,
{
unsigned int limit;

- limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);
+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);
limit = min_t(u32, limit, sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes);
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edumazet, i try out your path.

4.10.0-26 with path:
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 192.168.1.1, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] local 192.168.1.169 port 39356 connected with 192.168.1.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 30.9 MBytes 25.8 Mbits/sec
```

4.10.0-26 from ubuntu repo:
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 192.168.1.1, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.0 KByte (default)
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[ 3] local 192.168.1.169 port 34440 connected with 192.168.1.1 port 5001
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 24.8 MBytes 20.7 Mbits/sec
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Eric Dumazet
2017-07-07 09:26:35 UTC
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Thanks, can you now try :

limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);

Then :

limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);

Then :

limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);
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Yesterday something went wrong o_O

I recheck "limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);" to.


limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8); (4.10.0-26)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 83.6 MBytes 70.1 Mbits/sec


limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8); (4.10.0-26)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 89.6 MBytes 75.0 Mbits/sec


limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7); (4.10.0-26)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 73.8 MBytes 61.8 Mbits/sec


limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7); (4.10.0-26)
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 114 MBytes 95.2 Mbits/sec


4.12.0-041200-generic
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 38.1 MBytes 32.0 Mbits/sec


4.10.0-26-generic
------------------------------------------------------------
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 21.9 MBytes 18.3 Mbits/sec
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Joseph Salisbury
2017-07-07 16:00:08 UTC
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For those who want to test it, I built a test kernel with the patch
posted in comment #31. It can be downloaded from:

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~jsalisbury/lp1670041/
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
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Eric,

I will try to test it on Monday as I have a pretty slow uplink where I
am currently.

Hopefully, I will get back to my 5 GHz network on Thursday to do a
proper comparison with the data I had before.

Thanks a lot for the feedback and suggestions - really appreciate it!
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2017-07-10 07:36:35 UTC
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Tested with http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~jsalisbury/lp1670041/ on a 2.4 GHz
network.

iperf3: interrupt - the client has terminated
➜ ~ uname -r
4.10.0-26-generic

# UDP
➜ ~ iperf3 -u -b 1000M -c <redacted>
Connecting to host <redacted>, port 5201
[ 4] local 172.29.10.20 port 37973 connected to <redacted> port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 9.69 MBytes 81.2 Mbits/sec 1240
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 11.6 MBytes 97.2 Mbits/sec 1483
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 11.9 MBytes 99.8 Mbits/sec 1523
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 10.7 MBytes 89.4 Mbits/sec 1364
^C[ 4] 4.00-4.87 sec 10.3 MBytes 98.6 Mbits/sec 1316
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Jitter Lost/Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-4.87 sec 54.1 MBytes 93.1 Mbits/sec 0.000 ms 0/6926 (0%)
[ 4] Sent 6926 datagrams
iperf3: interrupt - the client has terminated

# TCP
➜ ~ iperf3 -c <redacted>
Connecting to host <redacted>, port 5201
[ 4] local 172.29.10.20 port 52878 connected to <redacted> port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 745 KBytes 6.10 Mbits/sec 0 67.9 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 659 KBytes 5.40 Mbits/sec 0 97.6 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 680 KBytes 5.57 Mbits/sec 0 129 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 659 KBytes 5.40 Mbits/sec 0 158 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 662 KBytes 5.42 Mbits/sec 0 189 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 677 KBytes 5.55 Mbits/sec 0 219 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 663 KBytes 5.43 Mbits/sec 0 250 KBytes
^C[ 4] 7.00-7.71 sec 359 KBytes 4.15 Mbits/sec 0 272 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-7.71 sec 4.99 MBytes 5.42 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-7.71 sec 0.00 Bytes 0.00 bits/sec receiver

Will try other patches as well:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1670041/comments/33
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Philip Soares
2017-07-10 20:21:13 UTC
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Eric,

Is this patch the basis for a more permanent and general fix (it seems
not specific to ath10k)?

Thanks!

The patch produces a marked improvement with TCP from the local QCA6174
client to AP/remote.

4.12.0 (UDP; no patch)

% iperf3 -u -b 1000M -c remote
Connecting to host remote, port 5201
[ 4] local local port 42530 connected to remote port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 14.8 MBytes 124 Mbits/sec 10725
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 17.8 MBytes 150 Mbits/sec 12924
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 19.0 MBytes 160 Mbits/sec 13773
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 18.1 MBytes 152 Mbits/sec 13118
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 18.7 MBytes 157 Mbits/sec 13555
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 18.0 MBytes 151 Mbits/sec 13064
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 17.4 MBytes 146 Mbits/sec 12584
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 16.8 MBytes 141 Mbits/sec 12141
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 16.8 MBytes 141 Mbits/sec 12201
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 17.2 MBytes 144 Mbits/sec 12442
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Jitter Lost/Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 175 MBytes 147 Mbits/sec 0.100 ms 0/126526 (0%)
[ 4] Sent 126526 datagrams

4.12.0 (TCP; no patch)

% iperf3 -c remote
Connecting to host remote, port 5201
[ 4] local local port 50394 connected to remote port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 2.37 MBytes 19.9 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 2.53 MBytes 21.2 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 2.43 MBytes 20.4 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 2.52 MBytes 21.2 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 2.53 MBytes 21.2 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 2.55 MBytes 21.4 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 2.55 MBytes 21.4 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 2.48 MBytes 20.8 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 2.55 MBytes 21.4 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 2.47 MBytes 20.7 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 25.0 MBytes 21.0 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 25.0 MBytes 20.9 Mbits/sec receiver

4.12.0 (TCP; _with_ patch)
+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);

% iperf3 -c remote
Connecting to host remote, port 5201
[ 4] local local port 59780 connected to remote port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 13.4 MBytes 113 Mbits/sec 0 181 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 16.9 MBytes 142 Mbits/sec 0 216 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 16.7 MBytes 140 Mbits/sec 0 252 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 17.2 MBytes 145 Mbits/sec 0 280 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 17.4 MBytes 146 Mbits/sec 0 317 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 16.9 MBytes 142 Mbits/sec 0 332 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 17.7 MBytes 149 Mbits/sec 0 332 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 18.2 MBytes 153 Mbits/sec 0 386 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 17.9 MBytes 150 Mbits/sec 0 386 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 17.3 MBytes 145 Mbits/sec 0 386 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 170 MBytes 142 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 169 MBytes 142 Mbits/sec receiver

4.12.0 (TCP; _with_ patch)
+ limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);

% iperf3 -c remote
Connecting to host remote, port 5201
[ 4] local local port 55672 connected to remote port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 12.5 MBytes 105 Mbits/sec 2 132 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 17.3 MBytes 145 Mbits/sec 0 181 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 18.1 MBytes 152 Mbits/sec 0 211 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 18.6 MBytes 156 Mbits/sec 0 225 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 17.9 MBytes 151 Mbits/sec 0 242 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 17.0 MBytes 142 Mbits/sec 0 253 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 17.5 MBytes 146 Mbits/sec 0 262 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 18.5 MBytes 155 Mbits/sec 0 269 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 17.9 MBytes 150 Mbits/sec 0 272 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 18.0 MBytes 151 Mbits/sec 0 277 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 173 MBytes 145 Mbits/sec 2 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 173 MBytes 145 Mbits/sec receiver

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Jeffrey
2017-07-12 04:54:03 UTC
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FYI, I'm using an XPS 15 9560, from this page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dell_XPS_13_(9360)#Wireless
It says:
"The Killer 1535 Wirless Adapter is functional and the ath10k firmware is included in recent linux kernel versions. The connection speed reported by iw is limited to 1-6Mbits/s. However this is just the output being wrong. The real connection speed is not limited to this value.
Some users are experiencing issues, where the connection is dropped under heavy load but reconnects within a brief moment. This might not be noticed during browsing at all but becomes apparent in online games. There is no know solution so far."
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OlegKrikun
2017-07-12 16:59:58 UTC
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I noticed strange behavior.

iperf still get 20-30Mbps, but wget have 5-9MBps.

kernel 4.12 without any paths

$ wget http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/artful-desktop-amd64.iso
--2017-07-12 19:17:23-- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/artful-desktop-amd64.iso
Resolving cdimage.ubuntu.com (cdimage.ubuntu.com)... 91.189.88.39
Connecting to cdimage.ubuntu.com (cdimage.ubuntu.com)|91.189.88.39|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1621032960 (1.5G) [application/x-iso9660-image]
Saving to: ‘artful-desktop-amd64.iso.1’

artful-desktop-amd64.iso.1
100%[=====================================================================>]
1.51G 8.08MB/s in 3m 33s

2017-07-12 19:20:57 (7.24 MB/s) - ‘artful-desktop-amd64.iso.1’ saved
[1621032960/1621032960]
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-07-14 00:31:21 UTC
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4.12 + the first change from
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1670041/comments/33
+ 802.11ac network => looks better.

➜ linux git:(6f7da290413b) ✗ git --no-pager diff
diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
index 4858e190f6ac..abcfecfb8bbe 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_output.c
@@ -2102,7 +2102,7 @@ static bool tcp_small_queue_check(struct sock *sk, const struct sk_buff *skb,
{
unsigned int limit;

- limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);
+ limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);
limit = min_t(u32, limit, sysctl_tcp_limit_output_bytes);
limit <<= factor;



uname -a
Linux blade 4.12.0-custom #1 SMP Fri Jul 14 02:49:01 MSK 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

iperf3 -c us
Connecting to host us, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.10.10.76 port 50346 connected to 10.10.10.30 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 27.2 MBytes 228 Mbits/sec 0 215 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 32.2 MBytes 270 Mbits/sec 0 298 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 31.5 MBytes 265 Mbits/sec 0 397 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 31.8 MBytes 267 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 31.5 MBytes 265 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 31.5 MBytes 264 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 31.3 MBytes 263 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 31.5 MBytes 264 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 31.3 MBytes 262 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
^C[ 4] 9.00-9.94 sec 29.3 MBytes 263 Mbits/sec 0 444 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-9.94 sec 309 MBytes 261 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-9.94 sec 0.00 Bytes 0.00 bits/sec receiver
iperf3: interrupt - the client has terminated
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Kir Kolyshkin
2017-07-14 06:52:11 UTC
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Eric, thank you for looking at it! I have measured all four variants
that you have suggested, as well as the default ones, using linux-4.12.1
as a base.

The summary of measurements is below. Note that
- min/max/avg is in Mbits/sec;
- n is number of measurements, each of 1 second.

+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);
min 0.00 max 39.60 avg 19.09 num 80

+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);
min 30.00 max 219.00 avg 174.15 num 80

+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);
min 0.00 max 220.00 avg 114.34 num 80

+ limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);
min 8.47 max 95.80 avg 68.80 num 80

+ limit = max(4 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 8);
min 20.20 max 169.00 avg 122.09 num 60

Despite the great discrepancy in results, it can be seen that
- changing the values helps a lot
- numbers 2 and 7 works the best for me.

The script to produce the output above is here:

***@kd:~/wifiperf$ cat cal
awk '
BEGIN {min=999999; max=n=sum=0;}
NR==1 { print }
$NF=="KBytes" {
val=$7;
if (val > max) max = val;
if (val < min) min = val;
sum += val;
n = n+1;
}
END {
printf("min %5.2f max %5.2f avg %5.2f num %d\n", min, max, sum/n, n)
}'
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Eric Dumazet
2017-07-18 05:58:53 UTC
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Thanks to all of you for the tests, sorry for the delay, I have been on
vacation last week.

Yes, the plan is to permanently change TCP stack, since TCP Small queue
being very aggressive is no longer needed when FQ packet scheduler or
BBR congestion module is used for TCP.
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Eric Dumazet
2017-07-18 06:13:42 UTC
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Kirill, would it be possible to run again your experiments, but using
bbr congestion control ?

Note that you should use 4.13-rc1 so that following commit is included :
commit 218af599fa635b107cfe10acf3249c4dfe5e4123 ("tcp: internal implementation for pacing")


lpaa5:~# modprobe tcp_bbr
lpaa5:~# cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_available_congestion_control
cubic reno bbr
lpaa5:~# cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
cubic
lpaa5:~# echo bbr >/proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
lpaa5:~# cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
bbr

<run your iperf tests>
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-07-21 10:44:38 UTC
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I've built a 4.13-rc1 (5771a8c08880) kernel and have done some laptop
(4.13, bbr) <-> AP <-> laptop (4.4 cubic) tests. Not sure about the AP
and there is a fair amount of wireless devices on the network I was
connected to. Most of them have Cubic congestion control but I am not
sure how fair they shared bandwidth.

There are also 2 tests with one of the public iperf3 servers from this
list https://iperf.fr/iperf-servers.php which give about the same perf
results. I think the network I am now has ~60 Mbit/s cap or rate limit
per client.

Cwnd seems to mostly cap at 14.1 KBytes for the first set of tests.

I will run some more tests on a faster and less congested network in 2
days with bbr.

Until then, what I see is that I can get ~ 4 times more data through
with UDP.

uname -r
4.13.0-rc1

➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
bbr
➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ lsmod | grep bbr
tcp_bbr 20480 45


iperf3 -c 10.155.13.90
Connecting to host 10.155.13.90, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.155.9.186 port 37980 connected to 10.155.13.90 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 991 KBytes 8.12 Mbits/sec 1 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 938 KBytes 7.68 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 923 KBytes 7.56 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 650 KBytes 5.33 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 1.02 MBytes 8.56 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 863 KBytes 7.07 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 1.20 MBytes 10.1 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 826 KBytes 6.77 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 1.09 MBytes 9.12 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 658 KBytes 5.39 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 9.02 MBytes 7.57 Mbits/sec 1 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 8.92 MBytes 7.48 Mbits/sec receiver

iperf Done.


iperf3 -u -b 1000M -c 10.155.13.90
Connecting to host 10.155.13.90, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.155.9.186 port 44086 connected to 10.155.13.90 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 3.63 MBytes 30.5 Mbits/sec 465
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 4.03 MBytes 33.8 Mbits/sec 516
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 4.45 MBytes 37.3 Mbits/sec 569
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 4.68 MBytes 39.3 Mbits/sec 599
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 5.48 MBytes 45.9 Mbits/sec 701
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 5.52 MBytes 46.3 Mbits/sec 707
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 5.25 MBytes 44.0 Mbits/sec 672
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 4.57 MBytes 38.3 Mbits/sec 585
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 4.64 MBytes 38.9 Mbits/sec 594
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 5.50 MBytes 46.1 Mbits/sec 704
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Jitter Lost/Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 47.8 MBytes 40.1 Mbits/sec 1.650 ms 26/6111 (0.43%)
[ 4] Sent 6111 datagrams

iperf Done.


iperf3 -c 10.155.13.90
Connecting to host 10.155.13.90, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.155.9.186 port 37988 connected to 10.155.13.90 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 1.18 MBytes 9.89 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 1.10 MBytes 9.27 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 1.16 MBytes 9.70 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 1.06 MBytes 8.91 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 1.05 MBytes 8.79 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 1.07 MBytes 8.96 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 922 KBytes 7.55 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 1.09 MBytes 9.17 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 1.12 MBytes 9.41 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 987 KBytes 8.09 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.7 MBytes 8.97 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 10.6 MBytes 8.91 Mbits/sec receiver

iperf Done.


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➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ iperf3 -c iperf.volia.net
Connecting to host iperf.volia.net, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.155.9.186 port 40964 connected to 82.144.193.18 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 1.32 MBytes 11.0 Mbits/sec 0 341 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 1.64 MBytes 13.7 Mbits/sec 0 416 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 1.32 MBytes 11.1 Mbits/sec 0 441 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 1.32 MBytes 11.0 Mbits/sec 0 421 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 1.27 MBytes 10.7 Mbits/sec 0 427 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 1.29 MBytes 10.8 Mbits/sec 0 413 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 1.31 MBytes 11.0 Mbits/sec 0 424 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 1.25 MBytes 10.4 Mbits/sec 0 421 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 1.25 MBytes 10.5 Mbits/sec 0 427 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 1.32 MBytes 11.1 Mbits/sec 0 424 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 13.3 MBytes 11.1 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 12.1 MBytes 10.2 Mbits/sec receiver

iperf Done.

➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ iperf3 -u -b 1000M -c iperf.volia.net
Connecting to host iperf.volia.net, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.155.9.186 port 41183 connected to 82.144.193.18 port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 4.97 MBytes 41.7 Mbits/sec 636
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 6.14 MBytes 51.5 Mbits/sec 786
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 5.84 MBytes 49.0 Mbits/sec 747
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 5.25 MBytes 44.0 Mbits/sec 672
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 5.49 MBytes 46.1 Mbits/sec 703
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 4.76 MBytes 39.9 Mbits/sec 609
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 6.55 MBytes 54.9 Mbits/sec 838
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 6.67 MBytes 56.0 Mbits/sec 854
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 6.51 MBytes 54.6 Mbits/sec 833
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 6.55 MBytes 54.9 Mbits/sec 838
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Jitter Lost/Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 58.7 MBytes 49.3 Mbits/sec 1.480 ms 0/7515 (0%)
[ 4] Sent 7515 datagrams

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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-07-23 10:49:59 UTC
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Likewise, on a non-congested network (802.11ac), directly from the
laptop to the AP:

uname -r
4.13.0-rc1

➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
bbr

➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ iperf3 -u -b 1000M -c rtr
Connecting to host rtr, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.10.10.76 port 49939 connected to rtr port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 24.6 MBytes 207 Mbits/sec 3153
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 27.2 MBytes 228 Mbits/sec 3484
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 26.9 MBytes 226 Mbits/sec 3441
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 26.8 MBytes 225 Mbits/sec 3432
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 27.0 MBytes 226 Mbits/sec 3453
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 27.2 MBytes 228 Mbits/sec 3479
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 26.7 MBytes 224 Mbits/sec 3421
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 27.3 MBytes 229 Mbits/sec 3492
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 27.2 MBytes 228 Mbits/sec 3484
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 27.0 MBytes 227 Mbits/sec 3457
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Jitter Lost/Total Datagrams
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 268 MBytes 225 Mbits/sec 0.035 ms 8231/34295 (24%)
[ 4] Sent 34295 datagrams

iperf Done.

➜ linux git:(5771a8c08880) ✗ iperf3 -c rtr
Connecting to host rtr, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.10.10.76 port 48172 connected to rtr port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 1.70 MBytes 14.2 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 1.59 MBytes 13.4 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 1.49 MBytes 12.5 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 1.54 MBytes 12.9 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 1.55 MBytes 13.0 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 1.50 MBytes 12.6 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 1.50 MBytes 12.6 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 1.47 MBytes 12.3 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 1.32 MBytes 11.1 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 1.43 MBytes 12.0 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 15.1 MBytes 12.7 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 15.0 MBytes 12.6 Mbits/sec receiver

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2017-07-24 14:40:33 UTC
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Please do not compare UDP and TCP, this is absolutely useless.
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Philip Soares
2017-07-24 16:53:16 UTC
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Hi Eric,

This compares Cubic with BBR with 4.13-rc2 (which has a few new commits
to bbr.c):

wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP mode
DORMANT group default qlen 1000

$ cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
cubic
$ iperf3 -c
Connecting to host , port 5201
[ 4] local port 35242 connected to port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 2.34 MBytes 19.6 Mbits/sec 0 26.9 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 2.45 MBytes 20.6 Mbits/sec 0 26.9 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 2.36 MBytes 19.8 Mbits/sec 0 26.9 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 2.43 MBytes 20.4 Mbits/sec 0 26.9 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 2.42 MBytes 20.3 Mbits/sec 0 26.9 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 2.33 MBytes 19.5 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 2.48 MBytes 20.8 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 2.27 MBytes 19.1 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 2.45 MBytes 20.6 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 2.43 MBytes 20.4 Mbits/sec 0 29.7 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 24.0 MBytes 20.1 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 23.9 MBytes 20.1 Mbits/sec receiver
$ echo bbr > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
$ iperf3 -c
Connecting to host , port 5201
[ 4] local port 35246 connected to port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 1.69 MBytes 14.2 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 1.59 MBytes 13.4 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 1.43 MBytes 12.0 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 1.63 MBytes 13.6 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 1.59 MBytes 13.4 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 1.50 MBytes 12.6 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 1.59 MBytes 13.3 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 1.59 MBytes 13.3 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 1.60 MBytes 13.4 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 1.63 MBytes 13.6 Mbits/sec 0 8.48 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 15.8 MBytes 13.3 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 15.8 MBytes 13.2 Mbits/sec receiver

Hope that helps.

Taking a step back, the original issue for me here is that using a
MacBook Air at the same location and with the same BSSID throughput (for
TCP is about 100Mbits/sec). Of course it's a different phy and stack but
we should be able to get much better throughput from the Atheros phy,
driver and TCP stack in this scenario without very much tuning.

Patching tcp_output.c as above did make a significant difference (though
not quite making up the full difference) but it looks like using BBR on
the client doesn't.

Are you thinking the solution lies down the path of using BBR? Could
you tell what you would expect to see results-wise in using BBR over
others in this scenario?

Thanks! Appreciate your input to this!
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-07-24 19:04:56 UTC
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Eric, the UDP measurement was to provide a rough estimate of what the AP
is capable of sustaining without congestion control and flow control.

I did not have a different card at hand, but right now I can provide a
similar measurement for comparison with the problematic card:

$ lspci | grep Wire
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev bb)

$ uname -r
4.13.0-041300rc1-generic

$ cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_congestion_control
bbr

$ iperf3 -c rtr
Connecting to host rtr, port 5201
[ 4] local 10.10.10.208 port 33286 connected to rtr port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 8.82 MBytes 73.9 Mbits/sec 0 62.2 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 9.88 MBytes 82.9 Mbits/sec 0 56.6 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 10.2 MBytes 85.5 Mbits/sec 0 56.6 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 9.63 MBytes 80.8 Mbits/sec 0 56.6 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 10.3 MBytes 86.5 Mbits/sec 0 62.2 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 10.1 MBytes 84.4 Mbits/sec 0 62.2 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 10.0 MBytes 83.9 Mbits/sec 0 62.2 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 9.26 MBytes 77.7 Mbits/sec 0 62.2 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 10.3 MBytes 86.0 Mbits/sec 0 84.8 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 10.2 MBytes 85.5 Mbits/sec 0 70.7 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 98.6 MBytes 82.7 Mbits/sec 0 sender
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Eric Dumazet
2017-07-25 16:27:18 UTC
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Sorry if I was not clear, but I would like to combine #42 and #44
experiments.

Ie making sure that even with BBR on linux-4.3-rc1/rc2 (without FQ
packet qdisc), we can simply tweak TCP Small queue threshold as #42
results would suggest to resolve this bug.

Thanks !
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Philip Soares
2017-07-26 00:10:55 UTC
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4.13-rc2 + tcp_output.c

- limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 10);
+ limit = max(2 * skb->truesize, sk->sk_pacing_rate >> 7);

w/ cubic

% iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 47742 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 9.16 MBytes 76.8 Mbits/sec 0 218 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 10.4 MBytes 87.5 Mbits/sec 0 286 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 9.72 MBytes 81.5 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 9.95 MBytes 83.5 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 9.70 MBytes 81.3 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 9.77 MBytes 81.9 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 10.2 MBytes 85.6 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 9.92 MBytes 83.2 Mbits/sec 0 301 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 10.0 MBytes 84.0 Mbits/sec 0 345 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 10.2 MBytes 85.6 Mbits/sec 0 345 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 99.1 MBytes 83.1 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 98.5 MBytes 82.6 Mbits/sec receiver

w/ bbr

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 42308 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 3.16 MBytes 26.5 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 2.58 MBytes 21.7 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 2.54 MBytes 21.3 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 2.68 MBytes 22.5 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 2.55 MBytes 21.4 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 2.53 MBytes 21.2 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 2.72 MBytes 22.8 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 2.88 MBytes 24.1 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 2.55 MBytes 21.4 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 2.86 MBytes 24.0 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 27.1 MBytes 22.7 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 27.0 MBytes 22.6 Mbits/sec receiver

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2,8 cubic

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 49522 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 6.17 MBytes 51.7 Mbits/sec 6 91.9 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 8.34 MBytes 70.0 Mbits/sec 7 93.3 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 8.39 MBytes 70.4 Mbits/sec 0 117 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 8.31 MBytes 69.7 Mbits/sec 6 107 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 9.83 MBytes 82.4 Mbits/sec 0 139 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 10.9 MBytes 91.6 Mbits/sec 0 168 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 11.0 MBytes 92.2 Mbits/sec 0 180 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 11.1 MBytes 92.7 Mbits/sec 0 189 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 11.1 MBytes 93.3 Mbits/sec 0 199 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 11.2 MBytes 94.2 Mbits/sec 0 206 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 96.4 MBytes 80.8 Mbits/sec 19 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 96.2 MBytes 80.7 Mbits/sec receiver

2,8 bbr

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 49526 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 4.76 MBytes 39.9 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 3.77 MBytes 31.6 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 3.47 MBytes 29.1 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 2.91 MBytes 24.4 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 3.31 MBytes 27.7 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 3.25 MBytes 27.3 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 3.30 MBytes 27.7 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 3.04 MBytes 25.5 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 2.97 MBytes 24.9 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 3.44 MBytes 28.8 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 34.2 MBytes 28.7 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 34.0 MBytes 28.6 Mbits/sec receiver

4,7 cubic

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 44612 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 10.7 MBytes 89.9 Mbits/sec 0 229 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 10.3 MBytes 86.1 Mbits/sec 1 205 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 11.2 MBytes 93.7 Mbits/sec 0 230 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 11.1 MBytes 93.2 Mbits/sec 0 243 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 11.3 MBytes 94.8 Mbits/sec 0 250 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 11.4 MBytes 95.7 Mbits/sec 0 255 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 11.2 MBytes 93.9 Mbits/sec 0 255 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 11.5 MBytes 96.6 Mbits/sec 0 255 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 11.2 MBytes 94.2 Mbits/sec 0 262 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 11.2 MBytes 93.6 Mbits/sec 0 279 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 111 MBytes 93.2 Mbits/sec 1 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 111 MBytes 92.9 Mbits/sec receiver

4,7 bbr

# iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 44616 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 4.54 MBytes 38.0 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 3.70 MBytes 31.1 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 3.45 MBytes 28.9 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 3.68 MBytes 30.8 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 3.29 MBytes 27.6 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 3.00 MBytes 25.2 Mbits/sec 1 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 3.18 MBytes 26.6 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 2.85 MBytes 23.9 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 3.11 MBytes 26.1 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 2.99 MBytes 25.1 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 33.8 MBytes 28.3 Mbits/sec 1 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 33.7 MBytes 28.2 Mbits/sec receiver

4,8 cubic

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 56590 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 10.4 MBytes 87.2 Mbits/sec 0 243 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 11.7 MBytes 98.0 Mbits/sec 0 305 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 11.4 MBytes 95.5 Mbits/sec 0 305 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 11.7 MBytes 97.8 Mbits/sec 0 305 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 11.5 MBytes 96.5 Mbits/sec 0 325 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 11.9 MBytes 100 Mbits/sec 0 325 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 11.8 MBytes 98.5 Mbits/sec 0 344 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 11.5 MBytes 96.2 Mbits/sec 0 344 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 11.7 MBytes 98.0 Mbits/sec 0 344 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 11.6 MBytes 97.3 Mbits/sec 0 414 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 115 MBytes 96.5 Mbits/sec 0 sender
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 114 MBytes 96.0 Mbits/sec receiver

4,8 bbr

iperf3 -c dest
Connecting to host dest, port 5201
[ 4] local src port 56594 connected to dest port 5201
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr Cwnd
[ 4] 0.00-1.00 sec 4.17 MBytes 35.0 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 1.00-2.00 sec 3.83 MBytes 32.1 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 2.00-3.00 sec 3.80 MBytes 31.8 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 3.00-4.00 sec 3.43 MBytes 28.8 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 4.00-5.00 sec 3.34 MBytes 28.0 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 5.00-6.00 sec 3.56 MBytes 29.9 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 6.00-7.00 sec 2.94 MBytes 24.6 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
[ 4] 7.00-8.00 sec 3.37 MBytes 28.2 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 8.00-9.00 sec 3.74 MBytes 31.3 Mbits/sec 0 14.1 KBytes
[ 4] 9.00-10.00 sec 3.07 MBytes 25.7 Mbits/sec 0 11.3 KBytes
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
[ 4] 0.00-10.00 sec 35.2 MBytes 29.6 Mbits/sec 0 sender
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-09-09 17:45:36 UTC
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4.13 without modifications:

http://paste.ubuntu.com/25499163/

scp (cubic)
➜ /tmp scp testfile srv:/tmp
testfile 8% 89MB 2.9MB/s 05:21 ETA

scp (bbr)
➜ /tmp scp testfile srv:/tmp
testfile 6% 67MB 1.7MB/s 09:09 ETA
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Kai-Heng Feng
2017-10-12 07:08:27 UTC
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The number from iperf3 does show big difference between Windows 10 and
Linux.

Use speedtest.net to measure the speed, the gap is mainly on the upload
speed.

Ubuntu w/ Linux v4.14-rc4, latest linux-firmware.git,
cubic [1]:
Ping: 5 ms
Download: 82.29 Mbps
Upload: 59.94 Mbps

bbr [2]:
Ping: 4 ms
Download: 83.51 Mbps
Upload: 54.92 Mbps

Windows 10 [3]:
Ping: 3ms
Download: 84.08 Mbps
Upload: 76.56 Mbps

[1]: http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6699920423
[2]: http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6699960328
[3]: http://beta.speedtest.net/result/6699924242
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Alexandru PLESCO
2017-10-13 15:16:08 UTC
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Using ubuntu 17.10, kernel 4.13-0.15-generic on XPS 13 9360 QCA6174 rev 32.
Connection on 5Ghz band AC Freebox router.

Had the same problem, however browser speedtest [1] worked fine, except that any upload on nfs or cifs were from 0 to max 1MB/s with system freeze when uploading big files.
Changed in networkmanager the MTU to 1400 (trial and error) and now the upload speed on nfs is around 25 MB/s.

Iperf still gives bad results for uploads. On NFS the speed increases
from 2 MB/s - 25MB/s in about 5 seconds, so it seems that the TCP
algorithm is/was the problem here.

[1] http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6703944909
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The WIFI is the bottleneck here as over Ethernet I get ~
500mbps/200mbps.

I hope this helps.
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s.illes79
2017-10-18 19:07:35 UTC
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anyone tried this from dell.com?
https://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukbsdt1/sln306440/killer-n1535-wireless-firmware-manual-update-guide-for-ubuntu-systems?lang=en
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2017-10-19 04:57:43 UTC
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I tried that in comment #58. It's already in linux-firmware.git.
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Jean Deruelle
2017-11-06 10:10:07 UTC
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Using this guide
https://www.dell.com/support/article/ng/en/ngdhs1/sln306440/killer-n1535
-wireless-firmware-manual-update-guide-for-ubuntu-systems?lang=en and
upgrading to latest firmware for Dell XPS 15 on Ubuntu 17.10 for the
following below solved my wifi frequent connection drop while
NetworkManager was still showing the Wifi was connected.

uname -r
4.13.0-16-lowlatency

dpkg -l linux-firmware | grep ii
ii linux-firmware 1.169 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers

lspci -vvv
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 140
Region 0: Memory at ed200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
Kernel modules: ath10k_pci
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Egon Holtz
2017-11-07 01:34:41 UTC
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Hello s.illes79;

I tried to install the recommendations from Dell, I think it works for
me...

uname -r
4.4.0-96-generic

dpkg -l linux-firmware | grep ii
ii linux-firmware 1.157.13 all Firmware for Linux kernel drivers

lspci -vvv
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 32)
Subsystem: Dell QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx+
Latency: 0
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 282
Region 0: Memory at d5000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
Kernel modules: ath10k_pci

My connection was dropping every time but now looks better...
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Kai-Heng Feng
2017-11-07 03:10:12 UTC
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The disconnecting problem is not the same as this issue.
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Kir Kolyshkin
2017-11-11 12:04:29 UTC
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FWIW, I replaced the Atheros card with Intel 8265, which I bought for
$20 on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721MLM8B) and haven't
had any problems since. iperf results are way more stable than with
Atheros. I suggest everyone to do the same thing.
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-11-11 19:52:08 UTC
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So, going back to question in #60, the Dell link just says to get the
latest stuff from kvalo's firmware repo.

If you are on 17.10 like myself then you already have it and it doesn't
help with the original problem:

➜ ~ apt policy linux-firmware
linux-firmware:
Installed: 1.169
Candidate: 1.169
Version table:
*** 1.169 500
500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main amd64 Packages
500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main i386 Packages
500 http://ru.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main amd64 Packages
500 http://ru.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main i386 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status


➜ ~ sha256sum /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin
dc74ba148cf88f1f99a62854112ec574d8c265d88417a4d969461448b0ab60c5 /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin


➜ hw3.0 sha256sum ~/src/ath10k-firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1
dc74ba148cf88f1f99a62854112ec574d8c265d88417a4d969461448b0ab60c5 /home/username/src/ath10k-firmware/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1


[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth Retr
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[ 5] 0.00-10.04 sec 29.2 MBytes 24.4 Mbits/sec receiver
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Dmitrii Shcherbakov
2017-11-11 19:40:13 UTC
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There's also Intel 9260 coming up (wave 2):

https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Intel_Dual_Band_Wireless-AC_9260_(9260NGW)

Judging by this https://communities.intel.com/message/506847#506847 it's
only available for OEMs as of now so maybe those will go into
circulation soon for regular folks.

Meanwhile, I'll try the latest firmware from kvalo.
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Richard Veale
2018-02-03 13:44:38 UTC
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I encountered this issue while trying to stream from a Tobii Pro Glasses
2, i.e. ~5Mbit/sec streaming, UDP or TCP recv would freeze for 3-10
seconds once every 30 to 100 seconds. Sometimes recv would block for
over 5 seconds before returning with a packet send by the host. I used a
python script to compare received datarate between windows and all the
linux boxes. The host is streaming ~5Mbit h264 stream, and my client is
simply receiving and then discarding the packets. Windows box never
reported datarate average per second beneath 600kbyte/sec, but linux
would drop to 250kbyte/sec once every 30 to 100 seconds (and then jump
up to 2000kbyte/sec to compensate). So it seems like it sleeping or
something. Note this is UDP connection, although I also tried TCP.

I'm on a Razer Blade Stealth 2016 (Killer 1535, I.e. QCA 6174 chip). I
also tried on Razer Balde 14 inch 2017 (same chip), and razer blade
stealth 2015. To some extent, a Razer blade 14 inch 2015 (QCA 4000?
chip?) also had the same issue.

I installed the newest firmware (as of 2 Feb), which did not solve the
problem. I disabled the chip's powersaving in network manager (as
suggested in #54 above by André Brait Carneiro Fabotti (andrebrait)),
and this seems to have solved the issue for the most part.

I also updated to kernel 4.15 (I'm on ubuntu 17.10), which seems to have
further smoothed the issue. Will report further if I encounter the
problem again.
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Kalle Valo
2018-04-30 12:37:33 UTC
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The low throughput with transmit TCP streams on ath10k should be fixed
with this mac80211 commit:

mac80211: Adjust TSQ pacing shift

https://git.kernel.org/linus/36148c2bbfbe50c50206b6f61d072203c80161e0

Apparently v4.16-rc5 was the first release to have that commit.
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Eric Dumazet
2018-04-30 13:46:47 UTC
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And original commit adding the infrastructure linked to this thread ;)

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/davem/net-
next.git/commit/?id=3a9b76fd0db9f0d426533f96a68a62a58753a51e

Then the official helper was added in

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/davem/net-
next.git/commit/?id=c9f1f58dc2eba550f208809d272bf0b14f41edba

Thanks everybody
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Joseph Salisbury
2018-04-30 13:54:04 UTC
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** Also affects: linux (Ubuntu Bionic)
Importance: Medium
Assignee: Joseph Salisbury (jsalisbury)
Status: In Progress

** Also affects: linux (Ubuntu Artful)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New

** No longer affects: linux (Ubuntu Zesty)

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Artful)
Status: New => In Progress

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Artful)
Importance: Undecided => Medium

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu Artful)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Joseph Salisbury (jsalisbury)
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I built a Bionic test kernel with commits 36148c2bbfbe and c9f1f58dc2eb.
Commit 3a9b76fd0db9 is not needed in Bionic, since it is 3.15 based.

The test kernel can be downloaded from:
http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~jsalisbury/lp1670041/bionic

Can you test this kernel and see if it resolves this bug?
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