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SubjectRE: [PATCH V8 1/5] crypto: Multi-buffer encryption infrastructure support

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Herbert Xu []
>Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 2:35 AM
>To: Dey, Megha <>
>Subject: Re: [PATCH V8 1/5] crypto: Multi-buffer encryption infrastructure
>On Tue, May 01, 2018 at 10:39:15PM +0000, Dey, Megha wrote:
>> crypto/simd.c provides a simd_skcipher_create_compat. I have used the
>> same template to introduce simd_ahash_create_compat which would wrap
>around the inner hash algorithm.
>> Hence we would still register 2 algs, outer and inner.
>> Currently we have outer_alg -> mcryptd alg -> inner_alg
>> Mcryptd is mainly providing the following:
>> 1. Ensuring the lanes(8 in case of AVX2) are full before dispatching to the
>lower inner algorithm. This is obviously why we would expect better
>performance for multi-buffer as opposed to the present single-buffer
>> 2. If there no new incoming jobs, issue a flush.
>> 3. A glue layer which sends the correct pointers and completions.
>> If we get rid of mcryptd, these functions needs to be done by someone. Since
>all multi-buffer algorithms would require this tasks, where do you suggest these
>helpers live, if not the current mcryptd.c?
>That's the issue. I don't think mcryptd is doing any of these claimed functions
>except for hosting the flush helper which could really live anywhere.
>All these functions are actually being carried out in the inner algorithm already.
>> I am not sure if you are suggesting that we need to get rid of the mcryptd
>work queue itself. In that case, we would need to execute in the context of the
>job requesting the crypto transformation.
>Which is fine as long as you can disable the FPU. If not the simd wrapper will
>defer the job to kthread context as required.

Hi Herbert,

Are you suggesting that the SIMD wrapper, will do what is currently being done by the ' mcryptd_queue_worker ' function (assuming FPU is not disabled) i.e dispatching the job to the inner algorithm?

I have got rid of the mcryptd layer( have an inner layer, outer SIMD layer, handled the pointers and completions accordingly), but still facing some issues after removing the per cpu mcryptd_cpu_queue.

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