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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v3 02/17] zinc: introduce minimal cryptography library
On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:08:56PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>
> I won't go into the 1000s lines of generated assembly again - you
> already know my position on that topic.
>

I'd strongly prefer the assembly to be readable too. Jason, I'm not sure if
you've actually read through the asm from the OpenSSL implementations, but the
generated .S files actually do lose a lot of semantic information that was in
the original .pl scripts. For example, in the Poly1305 NEON implementation
which I'm especially interested in (but you could check any of the other
generated files too), the original .pl script has register aliases showing the
meaning of each register. Just grabbing a random hunk:

vshr.u64 $T0,$D3,#26
vmovn.i64 $D3#lo,$D3
vshr.u64 $T1,$D0,#26
vmovn.i64 $D0#lo,$D0
vadd.i64 $D4,$D4,$T0 @ h3 -> h4
vbic.i32 $D3#lo,#0xfc000000
vsri.u32 $H4,$H3,#8 @ base 2^32 -> base 2^26
vadd.i64 $D1,$D1,$T1 @ h0 -> h1
vshl.u32 $H3,$H3,#18
vbic.i32 $D0#lo,#0xfc000000

(Yes, it's still not *that* readable, but D0-D4 and H0-H4 map directly to d0-d4
and h0-h4 in the C implementation. So someone familiar with Poly1305
implementations can figure it out.)

In contrast, the generated .S file just has the raw registers. It's difficult
to remember what each register is used for. In fact, someone who actually
wanted to figure it out would probably find themselves referring to the .pl
script -- which raises the question of why the .S file is the "source" and not
the .pl script...

vshr.u64 q15,q8,#26
vmovn.i64 d16,q8
vshr.u64 q4,q5,#26
vmovn.i64 d10,q5
vadd.i64 q9,q9,q15 @ h3 -> h4
vbic.i32 d16,#0xfc000000
vsri.u32 q14,q13,#8 @ base 2^32 -> base 2^26
vadd.i64 q6,q6,q4 @ h0 -> h1
vshl.u32 q13,q13,#18
vbic.i32 d10,#0xfc000000

- Eric

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