[radvd-devel-l] mdelay

Reuben Hawkins reubenhwk at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 11:22:19 EST 2009

Understood.  mdelay calls select with no files and just a wait time.
This pauses execution for the whole process during the delay.  Would
it be better to schedule a new RA on that interface msecs in the
future rather than block the whole process?

On Sun, Dec 27, 2009 at 11:41 PM, Pekka Savola <pekkas at netcore.fi> wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Dec 2009, Reuben Hawkins wrote:
>> Can somebody explain to me what the random delays are?  I don't
>> understand why we would wait for any reason getting a response to a
>> request...  Shouldn't a request go out as soon as possible?  What am I
>> missing?
>> From RFC4861,
>   random delay
>               - when sending out messages, it is sometimes necessary to
>                 delay a transmission for a random amount of time in
>                 order to prevent multiple nodes from transmitting at
>                 exactly the same time, or to prevent long-range
>                 periodic transmissions from synchronizing with each
>                 other [SYNC].  When a random component is required, a
>                 node calculates the actual delay in such a way that the
>                 computed delay forms a uniformly distributed random
>                 value that falls between the specified minimum and
>                 maximum delay times.  The implementor must take care to
>                 ensure that the granularity of the calculated random
>                 component and the resolution of the timer used are both
>                 high enough to ensure that the probability of multiple
>                 nodes delaying the same amount of time is small.
> This has been employed in both client and router side.  On client side, it
> could easily be argued that on a link with lots of hosts, some random delay
> is warranted.  On router side it seems a bit of exaggeration, but this is a
> MUST requirement in the spec (S 6.2.6 of RFC4861) and our implementation
> would not be compliant with the spec if it was omitted.
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