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802.11s mesh powersaving for linux


  • Implement non-realtime powersaving features of 802.11s draft:
    • powersaving level indication;
    • traffic buffering for sleeping peers;
    • TIM/DTIM in beacons;
    • peer service period;
  • Provide powersaving level control on MSTA/peer link basis;
  • Provide peer link control;


Enhance current in-kernel 802.11s implementation:

  • powersaving scheme proposed by 802.11s draft closely resemble AP-based scheme (traffic buffering/TIM/DTIM), so this code may be reused;
  • powersaving level indication (both peer and non-peer)/mesh awake window attributes need to be added;
  • wakeup for peer beacon reception may be implemented later, now it's enough to stay awake continuously and just calculate whether station would actually hear the frames that it receives;
  • peer service period logic need to be added, it's a simple state machine;

Testing may be carried out with mac80211_hwsim driver.

What's to be done

  • MSTA power mode tracking (11C.13.3);
  • each peering power mode tracking (11C.13.4);
  • TIM/DTIM in beacons (11C.13.5-6) – ieee80211_beacon_get_tim;
  • mesh awake window (11C.13.7);
  • wake-up scheduling for peer beacons (optional);
  • ps-poll requests and responses (?);
  • service period tracking (11C.13.10);
  • frame buffering for doze peers – ieee80211_tx_h_multicast_ps_buf, ieee80211_tx_h_unicast_ps_buf;
  • user interface controls – like nl80211_set_power_save;
etc/users/jcmvbkbc/mesh-power.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/08 20:53 by kel