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SubjectRe: [PATCH] random: vary jitter iterations based on cycle counter speed
Hi Vladimir,

On Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 4:52 PM Vladimir Murzin <vladimir.murzin@arm.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Jason,
>
> On 7/13/22 15:40, Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> > Hi Vladimir,
> >
> > On Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 03:31:05PM +0100, Vladimir Murzin wrote:
> >> I've just seen on the platform with slow(ish) timer that it is now considered
> >> as a source of entropy with samples_per_bit set to 27 (5.19-rc6 has MAX_SAMPLES_PER_BIT
> >> set to 32). Because of that I see significant delays and I'm trying to understand what
> >> could be wrong with my setup.
> >>
> >> I observe one credit_init_bits(1) call (via entropy_timer()) per ~970 schedule() calls.
> >> Is that somewhat expected? Does it make sense at all?
> >
> > How slow are we talking? Seconds? Minutes? Is it too slow? It's possible
> > that MAX_SAMPLES_PER_BIT=32 is a bit high as a threshold and I should
> > reduce that a bit.
> >
>
> TBH, I run out of patience and never seen it completes, more then seconds. I just was
> curious how much it is should take to get crng_ready() return true.

Ooof. Yea, running this in a VM with various settings I can see that
the current maximum is problematic. I'll fix that up and send a patch.

Jason

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