Saturday, May 8, 2021

WiFi: What is phy restart? Why is it important in dense RF environments?

 Phy restart on radio drivers typically means if the hardware (radio) is able to sync to the preamble of a packet which has a stronger signal strength while it is already in the process of decoding a packet.

This is typically useful in noisy environments to achieve a "capture effect", where the stronger packet is finally decoded at the rx. radio. If the radio does not support PHY restart then typically such a reception would result in a collision on the rx-side at the radio.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Linux: What does IRQ save do in Linux?

 ExcerptUse local_irq_save to disable interrupts on the local processor and remember their previous state. The flags can be passed to local_irq_restore to restore the previous interrupt state.

void local_irq_save(unsigned long flags);
void local_irq_restore(unsigned long flags);

The spinlock version will disable interrupts on all the cores*

Monday, May 3, 2021

Linux: Why do we need an executable stack with nested functions in GCC


  • The stack needs to be writable because the trampoline code is written on the stack which needs to be executed (to jump to the nested function). 
A nested function has no linkage by itself. So the trampoline code actually ensures two things:
  1. The outer () functions stack frame is available in the nested function
  2. Jump and execute code from the nested function.
Some other notes:
  • Nested functions are not a part of ANSI C, however, they are part of Gnu C.
  • The only reason nested functions are possibly useful because they use common stack variables.