On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 11:07:48PM +0200, Linus Lüssing wrote:
I'm currently wondering whether changing the protocol in the way
you described is sufficient.
I think it still has the problem of not converging to the optimal
solution in various scenarios, for instance:
A C1 ---- D
\ / /
B2 - C2 ----
A-B1: 10%, 0ms
A-B2: 100%, 0ms
B2-C1: 5%, 0ms
B2-C2: 100%, 5ms
B1-D: 100%, 0ms
C1-D: 100%, 0ms
C2-D: 100%, 0ms
('link': 'link-quality', 'link-delay')
Obviously, here the path A-B2-C2 is the best, having a 100% link
quality. However with this patch, it will select A-B1-D, having
only a 10% link quality (I'm not considering asym/hop-penalty or
that 0ms delay is unrealistic, and I'm not considering that the
link quality will cause lost OGMs - just to keep things simple):
The OGM from D gets forwarded to B1 and then to A instantly; A
notes a path quality of 10% towards D via B1.
The OGM from D reaches B2 via C1 first, so B2 first forwards an
OGM with a path quality of 5% to A first. A notes a path quality
of 5% towards D via B2.
Then the OGM from D reaches B2 via C2, too. Now, with this patch
B2 will correctly choose the path via C2, B2 notes a 100% path
quality towards D via C2 instead of ignoring this OGM.
This was true also before this patch.
And B2 will
also rebroadcast this OGM.
However, A will ignore this second OGM from D via B2 because it
came from the same neighbor even though it came from the best,
optimal, 100% link-quality path.
While converging to a path after applying this patch is obviously
better than the starvation which can currently happen I'm
still wondering whether the issue could be solved better.
What if we were always rebroadcasting/forwarding an OGM even from
the same neighbor, too, if the sequence number is the same but the
TQ better (so similar to what is specified for BATMAN V)?
If I am not wrong this is what is going to happen, but with one originator
interval of delay.
If I correctly got your example, this happens the first time only, but from the
next originator interval B2 will only rebroadcast the OGM coming from C2 since
this is the best next hop for it. So yes, this can happen but only the first
time. As soon as B2 learns the best route via C2.
What this patch is changing is to make B2 rebroadcast the OGM coming from C2
(best next hop) in case the latter arrived after the OGM coming from C1 (which
is not rebroadcasted because C1 is not best next hop). Actually the fix is only
acting on the duplicate detection only (which affect forwarding).
So, without this patch, in this case I described, we were having a real
There is no change in the route selection. The routes are still selected the
same way as before.
..each of us alone is worth nothing..
Ernesto "Che" Guevara