[Freeswitch-users] Correlation between jitter/discarded_packets with choppy audio streams

Unai Rodriguez unai at sysbible.org
Sat May 16 06:35:09 UTC 2020

Dear List,

We're experiencing choppy/distorted audio streams at times and have been looking into understanding the definition and units of measure of these values reported on the main FS log (i.e. /var/log/freeswitch/freeswitch.log)

- r = received
- l = lost
- j = jitter
- p = playout_delay
- d = discarded_packets
- i = ignored_packets

The following log lines seemed to correspond with choppy/distorted audio:

2020-05-15 10:18:05.202714 [INFO] mpf_rtp_stream.c:541 () Close RTP Receiver <- [r:403 l:0 j:651 p:0 d:87 i:0]
2020-05-15 10:25:53.622708 [INFO] mpf_rtp_stream.c:541 () Close RTP Receiver <- [r:402 l:0 j:143 p:0 d:84 i:0]
2020-05-15 10:43:42.642722 [INFO] mpf_rtp_stream.c:541 () Close RTP Receiver <- [r:356 l:0 j:838 p:0 d:79 i:0]
2020-05-15 11:00:52.102707 [INFO] mpf_rtp_stream.c:541 () Close RTP Receiver <- [r:582 l:0 j:806 p:0 d:66 i:0]

At this point we believe that having a (d)iscarded value of more than 60 correlates with choppy calls and most of the time those come with (j)itter value of several hundreds.

Would it be possible for someone to point out where we could find the definition and unit of measure of those values (i.e.: r, l, j, p, d, i)? Is there any baseline that could be references to determine which calls are being choppy/distorted based on these numbers? We've been trying to understand FS source code and find documentation to no avail.

Thank you so much
Unai Rodriguez

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