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SubjectRe: [PATCH RESEND 1/9] crypto: caam/jr - add fallback for XTS with more than 8B IV
On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 20:12, Horia Geantă <horia.geanta@nxp.com> wrote:
>
> On 9/14/2020 7:28 PM, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 19:24, Horia Geantă <horia.geanta@nxp.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> On 9/9/2020 1:10 AM, Herbert Xu wrote:
> >>> On Tue, Sep 08, 2020 at 01:35:04PM +0300, Horia Geantă wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> Just go with the get_unaligned unconditionally.
> >>>>
> >>>> Won't this lead to sub-optimal code for ARMv7
> >>>> in case the IV is aligned?
> >>>
> >>> If this should be optimised in ARMv7 then that should be done
> >>> in get_unaligned itself and not open-coded.
> >>>
> >> I am not sure what's wrong with avoiding using the unaligned accessors
> >> in case data is aligned.
> >>
> >> Documentation/core-api/unaligned-memory-access.rst clearly states:
> >> These macros work for memory accesses of any length (not just 32 bits as
> >> in the examples above). Be aware that when compared to standard access of
> >> aligned memory, using these macros to access unaligned memory can be costly in
> >> terms of performance.
> >>
> >> So IMO it makes sense to use get_unaligned() only when needed.
> >> There are several cases of users doing this, e.g. siphash.
> >>
> >
> > For ARMv7 code, using the unaligned accessors unconditionally is fine,
> > and it will not affect performance.
> >
> > In general, when CONFIG_HAVE_EFFICIENT_UNALIGNED_ACCESS is defined,
> > you can use the unaligned accessors. If it is not, it helps to have
> > different code paths.
> >
> arch/arm/include/asm/unaligned.h doesn't make use of
> linux/unaligned/access_ok.h, even if CONFIG_HAVE_EFFICIENT_UNALIGNED_ACCESS
> is set.
>
> I understand the comment in the file, however using get_unaligned()
> unconditionally takes away the opportunity to generate optimized code
> (using ldrd/ldm) when data is aligned.
>

But the minimal optimization that is possible here (one ldrd/ldm
instruction vs two ldr instructions) is defeated by the fact that you
are using a conditional branch to select between the two. And this is
not even a hot path to begin with,

> > This is a bit murky, and through the years, the interpretation of
> > unaligned-memory-access.rst has shifted a bit, but in this case, it
> > makes no sense to make the distinction.
> >
>
> Thanks,
> Horia

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