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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/13] async_tx: add support for asynchronous GF multiplication
On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
> Ilya Yanok wrote:
>> async_gen_syndrome() takes element of GF^n(256) and returns result of
>> scalar multiplication of it with constant ({01}, {02}, {02}^2, ...,
>> {02}^n) vector.
> For any n (which would mean any GF field)?  In that case, that is
> generic scalar-vector multiplication...
>> async_pq() takes two vectors from GF^n(256) and returns their scalar
>> multiplication.
>> We need async_pq() function if we want to offload D_x = A * (P + P_{xy})
>> + B * (Q + Q_{xy}) part of DD recovery and D_x = (Q + Q_x) * g^{-x} part
>> of DP recovery.
> No, you don't.  A and B (and g^{-x}) are scalars, meaning they're the
> same for every element.  This is simpler to do.

Understood. However this routine also needs to cover the non-generic
and non-constant case where we have a separate coefficient per
element. I suppose it could scan the coefficient list to see if it
can bypass the 2-dimensional lookup multiply. At the very least we
need something like the following, because async_pq is really only a
helper routine for async_r6recov.c which knows how to avoid the
synchronous path.

diff --git a/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c b/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
index da47a29..c1087a2 100644
--- a/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
+++ b/crypto/async_tx/async_pq.c
@@ -236,6 +236,7 @@ async_pq(struct page **blocks, unsigned int
offset, int src_cnt,
flags, depend_tx, cb_fn, cb_param);
} else {
/* run pq synchronously */
+ WARN_ONCE(1, "INFO: async_pq entered synchronous path\n");
if (!blocks[src_cnt+1]) { /* only p requested, just xor */
return async_xor(blocks[src_cnt], blocks, offset,
@@ -252,7 +253,6 @@ async_pq(struct page **blocks, unsigned int
offset, int src_cnt,

return tx;

Looking closer, the only other caller, async_pq_zero_sum, can be
deleted because it has no users. So async_pq can become a static
routine in async_r6recov.

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