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SubjectRe: [RFC] Improved add_timer_randomness for __CRIS__ (instead of rdtsc())
On Tue, Aug 20, 2002 at 06:32:29PM +0200, johan.adolfsson@axis.com wrote:
>
> From: "Oliver Xymoron" <oxymoron@waste.org>
> > On Tue, Aug 20, 2002 at 11:31:10AM +0200, johan.adolfsson@axis.com wrote:
> > > The cris architecture don't have any tsc, but it has a couple of
> > > timer registers that can be used to get better than jiffie resolution.
> > >
> > > I set the time to a 40 us resolution counter with a slight
> > > "jump" since lower 8 bit only counts from 0 to 249,
> > > the patch does not take wrapping of the register into account either
> > > to save some cycles, is that a problem or a good thing?
> >
> > That should be fine. More important is actually scaling the entropy
> > count based on the timing granularity of the source. Keyboards and
> > mice tend to have a granularity of about 1khz so timestamps better
> > than milliseconds 'invent' entropy in the current code.
>
> The ETRAX chips where the cris architecture is used is typically used in
> headless embedded devices connected to a network. Currently I don't think
> we use SA_RANDOM anywhere in our device drivers although it would be
> nice to be able to use network and other interfaces as entropy/randomness
> source (serial, parallel etc.) without to much concerns.

See my recent (lengthy) posts on this subject.

> > > The num is xor:d with the value from 2 timer registers,
> > > which in turn contains different fields breifly described below.
> > >
> > > Does the patch below look sane?
> >
> > Looks fine, but I think we want to come up with a cleaner scheme of
> > having per-arch high-res timestamps. I'd hate to have that grow to
> > several pages of ifdefs and not have it available anywhere else.
>
> Yes, I've seen the discussion before.
> Any idea of how such a solution should look like?
> Put an inline function or macro in asm/timex.h (?) together with an
> ARCH_HAS_RANDOM_TIMESTAMP define?

I don't think we want to make it specific to random. I think we just
want to call it hires.

> E.g. like this for i386:
> #define ARCH_HAS_RANDOM_TIMESTAMP
> #define RANDOM_TIMESTAMP(time, num) do{\
> if ( test_bit(X86_FEATURE_TSC, &boot_cpu_data.x86_capability) ) { \
> __u32 high; \
> rdtsc(time, high); \
> num ^= high; \
> } else { \
> time = jiffies; \
> } \
> }while(0)
>
> And then in random.c:
> ifdef ARCH_HAS_RANDOM_TIMESTAMP
> RANDOM_TIMESTAMP(time, num);
> #else
> time = jiffies;
> #endif

Again, too random-specific. And we need a way to get the timescale.
Perhaps something like:

speed=get_timestamp_khz;
lowbits=get_hires_timestamp();

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