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SubjectRe: Re: [tpmdd-devel] [PATCH] tpm: improve tpm_tis send() performance by ignoring burstcount
On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:30:19AM -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Fri, 2017-08-11 at 14:14 +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 09, 2017 at 11:00:36PM +0200, Peter Huewe wrote:
> > > Hi Ken,
> > > (again speaking only on my behalf, not my employer)
> > >
> > > > Does anyone know of platforms where this occurs?
> > > > I suspect (but not sure) that the days of SuperIO connecting floppy
> > > > drives, printer ports, and PS/2 mouse ports on the LPC bus are over, and
> > > > such legacy systems will not have a TPM. Would SuperIO even support the
> > > > special TPM LPC bus cycles?
> > >
> > > Since we are the linux kernel, we do have to care for legacy devices.
> > > And a system with LPC, PS2Mouse on SuperIO and a TPM are not that uncommon.
> > >
> > > And heck, we even have support for 1.1b TPM devices....
> > >
> > >
> > > >> One more viewpoint: TCG must added the burst count for a reason (might
> > > >> be very well related what Peter said). Is ignoring it something that TCG
> > > >> recommends? Not following standard exactly in the driver code sometimes
> > > >> makes sense on *small details* but I would not say that this a small
> > > >> detail...
> > >
> > > > I checked with the TCG's device driver work group (DDWG). Both the spec
> > > > editor and 3 TPM vendors - Infineon, Nuvoton, and ST Micro - agreed that
> > > > ignoring burst count may incur wait states but nothing more. Operations
> > > > will still be successful.
> > >
> > > Interesting - let me check with Georg tomorrow.
> > > Unfortunately I do not have access to my tcg mails from home (since I'm not working :),
> > > but did you _explicitly_ talk about LPC and the system?
> > > I'm sure the TPM does not care about the waitstates...
> > >
> > > If my memory does not betray me,
> > > it is actually possible to "freeze up" a system completly by flooding the lpc bus.
> > > Let me double check tomorrow...
> > >
> > >
> > > In anycase - I really would like to see a much more performant tpm subsystem -
> > > however it will be quite an effort with a lot of legacy testing.
> > > (which I unfortunately cannot spend on my private time ... and also of course lacking test systems).
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Peter
> >
> > I would like to see tpm_msleep() wrapper to replace current msleep()
> > usage across the subsystem before considering this. I.e. wrapper that
> > internally uses usleep_range(). This way we can mechanically convert
> > everything to a more low latency option.
>
> Fine.  I assume you meant tpm_sleep(), not tpm_msleep().

I think it would sense to have a function that takes msecs because msecs
are mostly used everywhere in the subsystem. This way we don't have to
change any of the existing constants.

> > This should have been done already for patch that Mini and Nayna
> > provided instead of open coding stuff.
>
> At that time, we had no idea what caused the major change in TPM
> performance.  We only knew that the change occurred somewhere between
> linux-4.7 and linux-4.8.  Even after figuring out it was the change to
> msleep(), we were hoping that msleep() would be fixed.  So your
> comment, that we should have done it differently back then, is
> unwarranted.

I wasn't trying to point the blame to you at all. I didn't bring this to
table back then myself. I agree what you are saying.

I was mainly trying to explain why I think it should be done this way
now while I didn't suggest it back then :-)

> > That change is something that can be applied right now. On the other
> > hand, this is a very controversial change.
>
> Since the main concern about this change is breaking old systems that
> might potentially have other peripherals hanging off the LPC bus, can
> we define a new Kconfig option, with the default as 'N'?
>
> Mimi

I guess that could make sense but I would like to hear feedback first.

/Jarkko

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