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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 03/15] KVM: s390: refactor crypto initialization
On Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:26:57 -0400
Tony Krowiak <akrowiak@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> On 04/17/2018 06:10 AM, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> > On Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:49:58 +0200
> > "Harald Freudenberger" <FREUDE@de.ibm.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Didn't we say that when APXA is not available there is no Crypto support
> >> for KVM ?
> > [Going by the code, as I don't have access to the architecture]
> >
> > Current status seems to be:
> > - setup crycb if facility 76 is available (that's MSAX3, I guess?)
>
> The crycb is set up regardless of whether STFLE.76 (MSAX3) is
> installed or not.

Hm, the current code does a quick exit if bit 76 is not set, doesn't
it?

>
> > - use format 2 if APXA is available, else use format 1
>
> Use format 0 if MSAX3 is not available
> Use format 1 if MSAX3 is available but APXA is not
> Use format 2 if MSAX3 and APXA is available
>
> >
> > From Tony's patch description, the goal seems to be:
> > - setup crycb even if MSAX3 is not available
>
> Yes, that is true
>
> >
> > So my understanding is that we use APXA only to decide on the format of
> > the crycb, but provide it in any case?
>
> Yes, that is true

With the format selection you outlined above, I guess. Makes sense from
my point of view (just looking at the source code).

>
> >
> > (Not providing a crycb if APXA is not available would be loss of
> > functionality, I guess? Deciding not to provide vfio-ap if APXA is not
> > available is a different game, of course.)
>
> This would require a change to enabling the CPU model feature for
> AP.

But would it actually make sense to tie vfio-ap to APXA? This needs to
be answered by folks with access to the architecture :)

[Personally, I think we should go with the version that uses the least
restrictions without introducing over-complex code. What constitutes
"over-complex code" is of course in the eye of the beholder...]

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