Change in osmo-pcu[master]: sba: Document AGCH_START_OFFSET after some experimental tests

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Change subject: sba: Document AGCH_START_OFFSET after some experimental tests

sba: Document AGCH_START_OFFSET after some experimental tests

Change-Id: Id1460207be25750aeb5c1d7af2fac6591cf5e424
M src/sba.c
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

  git pull ssh:// refs/changes/11/23511/1

diff --git a/src/sba.c b/src/sba.c
index 2c3519d..fb9c91c 100644
--- a/src/sba.c
+++ b/src/sba.c
@@ -33,8 +33,24 @@
 #include "pdch.h"
 #include "pdch_ul_controller.h"
-/* starting time for assigning single slot
- * This offset must be a multiple of 13. */
+/* TBF Starting Time for assigning SBA.
+ * See TS 44.060 12.21 "Starting Frame Number Description".
+ * According to spec, k=0 (offset=4) "should not be used, so as to leave time
+ * for the MS to analyse the message and get ready to receive or transmit".
+ * Hence, k=1 (offset=8-9) is hteoretically the minimum offset which could be
+ * used.
+ *
+ * However, it was found, empirically, that it takes around 30-40 FNs time for
+ * the Immaediate Assignment message creafted with this "TBF Starting Time" to
+ * travel from PCU->BTS and be transmitted over CCH on the Um interface. Hence,
+ * we must account for this delay here, otherwise the MS would be receiving eg.
+ * a TBF Starting Time of FN=40 while the Imm Assigned containing it is sent in
+ * eg. FN=50, which would be too late for the MS to answer to it.
+ *
+ * The situation described above, can even get worse on high BTS load for AGCH,
+ * since the Immediate Assignment will queue in the BTS waiting to be
+ * transmitted one after the other, hence increasing the required delay.
+ */

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