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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v3 02/17] zinc: introduce minimal cryptography library
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> On Sep 16, 2018, at 10:07 PM, Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason@zx2c4.com> wrote:
>
> Hey Andy,
>
> Thanks a lot for your feedback.
>
>> On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 6:09 AM Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org> wrote:
>> 1. Zinc conflates the addition of a new API with the replacement of
>> some algorithm implementations. This is problematic. Look at the
>> recent benchmarks of ipsec before and after this series. Apparently
>> big packets get faster and small packets get slower. It would be
>> really nice to bisect the series to narrow down *where* the regression
>> came from, but, as currently structured, you can't.
>>
>> The right way to do this is to rearrange the series. First, the new
>> Zinc APIs should be added, and they should be backed with the
>> *existing* crypto code. (If the code needs to be moved or copied to a
>> new location, so be it. The patch will be messy because somehow the
>> Zinc API is going to have to dispatch to the arch-specific code, and
>> the way that the crypto API handles it is not exactly friendly to this
>> type of use. So be it.) Then another patch should switch the crypto
>> API to use the Zinc interface. That patch, *by itself*, can be
>> benchmarked. If it causes a regression for small ipsec packets, then
>> it can be tracked down relatively easily. Once this is all done, the
>> actual crypto implementation can be changed, and that changed can be
>> reviewed on its own merits.
>
> That ipsec regression was less related to the implementation and more
> related to calling kernel_fpu_begin() unnecessarily, something I've
> now fixed. So I'm not sure that's such a good example. However, I can
> try to implement Zinc over the existing assembly (Martin's and Ard's),
> first, as you've described. This will be a pretty large amount of
> work, but if you think it's worth it for the commit history, then I'll
> do it.

Ard, what do you think? I think it would
be nice, but if the authors of that assembly are convinced it should be replaced, then this step is optional IMO.

>
>> 2. The new Zinc crypto implementations look like they're brand new. I
>> realize that they have some history, some of them are derived from
>> OpenSSL, etc, but none of this is really apparent in the patches
>> themselves.
>
> The whole point of going with these is that they _aren't_ brand new,
> yet they are very fast. Eyeballs and fuzzer hours are important, and
> AndyP's seems to get the most eyeballs and fuzzer hours, generally.
>
>> it would be nice if
>> the patches made it more clear how the code differs from its origin.
>> At the very least, though, if the replacement of the crypto code were,
>> as above, a patch that just replaced the crypto code, it would be much
>> easier to review and benchmark intelligently.
>
> You seem to have replied to the v3 thread, not the v4 thread. I've
> already started to include lots of detail about the origins of the
> code and [any] important differences in v4, and I'll continue to add
> more detail for v5.

This is indeed better. Ard’s reply covers this better.

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