FQ(8)                               Linux                              FQ(8)

NAME         top

       FQ - Fair Queue traffic policing

SYNOPSIS         top

       tc qdisc ... fq [ limit PACKETS ] [ flow_limit PACKETS ] [ quantum
       BYTES ] [ initial_quantum BYTES ] [ maxrate RATE ] [ buckets NUMBER ]
       [ pacing | nopacing ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       FQ (Fair Queue) is a classless packet scheduler meant to be mostly
       used for locally generated traffic.  It is designed to achieve per
       flow pacing.  FQ does flow separation, and is able to respect pacing
       requirements set by TCP stack.  All packets belonging to a socket are
       considered as a 'flow'.  For non local packets (router workload),
       packet rxhash is used as fallback.

       An application can specify a maximum pacing rate using the
       SO_MAX_PACING_RATE setsockopt call.  This packet scheduler adds delay
       between packets to respect rate limitation set by TCP stack.

       Dequeueing happens in a round-robin fashion.  A special FIFO queue is
       reserved for high priority packets ( TC_PRIO_CONTROL priority), such
       packets are always dequeued first.

       FQ is non-work-conserving.

       TCP pacing is good for flows having idle times, as the congestion
       window permits TCP stack to queue a possibly large number of packets.
       This removes the 'slow start after idle' choice, badly hitting large
       BDP flows and applications delivering chunks of data such as video

PARAMETERS         top

       Hard limit on the real queue size. When this limit is reached, new
       packets are dropped. If the value is lowered, packets are dropped so
       that the new limit is met. Default is 10000 packets.

       Hard limit on the maximum number of packets queued per flow.  Default
       value is 100.

       The credit per dequeue RR round, i.e. the amount of bytes a flow is
       allowed to dequeue at once. A larger value means a longer time period
       before the next flow will be served.  Default is 2 * interface MTU

       The initial sending rate credit, i.e. the amount of bytes a new flow
       is allowed to dequeue initially.  This is specifically meant to allow
       using IW10 without added delay.  Default is 10 * interface MTU, i.e.
       15140 for 'standard' ethernet.

       Maximum sending rate of a flow.  Default is unlimited.  Application
       specific setting via SO_MAX_PACING_RATE is ignored only if it is
       larger than this value.

       The size of the hash table used for flow lookups. Each bucket is
       assigned a red-black tree for efficient collision sorting.  Default:

       Enable or disable flow pacing. Default is enabled.

EXAMPLES         top

       #tc qdisc add dev eth0 root fq
       #tc -s -d qdisc
       qdisc fq 8003: dev eth0 root refcnt 2 limit 10000p flow_limit 100p
       buckets 1024 quantum 3028 initial_quantum 15140
        Sent 503727981 bytes 1146972 pkt (dropped 0, overlimits 0 requeues
        backlog 0b 0p requeues 54452
         1289 flows (1289 inactive, 0 throttled)
         0 gc, 31 highprio, 27411 throttled

SEE ALSO         top

       tc(8), socket(7)

AUTHORS         top

       FQ was written by Eric Dumazet.

COLOPHON         top

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iproute2                        10 Sept 2015                           FQ(8)

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