Re: [PATCH v10] lib: checksum: Use aligned accesses for ip_fast_csum and csum_ipv6_magic tests

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On Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 11:57:24AM +0000, Christophe Leroy wrote:
> Le 26/02/2024 à 12:47, Russell King (Oracle) a écrit :
> > On Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 11:34:51AM +0000, Christophe Leroy wrote:
> >> Le 23/02/2024 à 23:11, Charlie Jenkins a écrit :
> >>> The test cases for ip_fast_csum and csum_ipv6_magic were not properly
> >>> aligning the IP header, which were causing failures on architectures
> >>> that do not support misaligned accesses like some ARM platforms. To
> >>> solve this, align the data along (14 + NET_IP_ALIGN) bytes which is the
> >>> standard alignment of an IP header and must be supported by the
> >>> architecture.
> >>
> >> I'm still wondering what we are really trying to fix here.
> >>
> >> All other tests are explicitely testing that it works with any alignment.
> >>
> >> Shouldn't ip_fast_csum() and csum_ipv6_magic() work for any alignment as
> >> well ? I would expect it, I see no comment in arm code which explicits
> >> that assumption around those functions.
> > 
> > No, these functions are explicitly *not* designed to be used with any
> > alignment. They are for 16-bit alignment only.
> > 
> > I'm not sure where the idea that "any alignment" has come from, but it's
> > never been the case AFAIK that we've supported that - or if we do now,
> > that's something which has crept in under the radar.
> > 
> Ok, 16-bit is fine for me, then there is no need to require a (14 + 
> NET_IP_ALIGN) ie a 16-bytes (128-bit) alignment as this patch is doing.

Looking again at these two functions, I'm mistaken - this was written for
optimal use with 32-bit alignment, not 16-bit. However, the entire IP
layer is written with the assumption that for maximum performance, the IP
header will be 32-bit aligned.

However, that may not always be the case for incoming packets, and what
saves 32-bit Arm is the ability to do unaligned loads in later revisions
of the architecture, or the alignment fault handler (slow) on older

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