[dm-crypt] dm-crypt multithreaded yet?

Heinz Diehl htd at fancy-poultry.org
Sun Dec 16 22:29:38 CET 2012

On 16.12.2012, Milan Broz wrote: 

> My suggestion is that using AES-NI extension helps much more with
> the current upstream code than anything else (for AES, obviously).

And not to forget the optimized modules in the kernel.
Here's an example with a WD Black Caviar using serpent
encryption on a test machine. 
This is stock cryptsetup. Wouldn't have had more speed
without encryption..

[htd at test2 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450  @ 2.40GHz

[root at test2 ~]# hdparm -i /dev/sda | grep Model
 Model=WDC WD7500BPKT-00PK4T0, FwRev=01.01A01,

[root at test2 ~]# cryptsetup luksDump /dev/sda1
LUKS header information for /dev/sda1

Version:       		1
Cipher name:   		serpent
Cipher mode:   		xts-plain64:whirlpool
Hash spec:     		whirlpool
Payload offset:		4096
MK bits:       		512

[root at test2 mapper]# hdparm -t /dev/mapper/luks-xxxxxxxxx 

 Timing buffered disk reads: 386 MB in  3.01 seconds = 128.27 MB/sec


serpent_sse2_x86_64    50364  6 
serpent_generic        25563  1 serpent_sse2_x86_64
lrw                    13145  1 serpent_sse2_x86_64
glue_helper            13172  1 serpent_sse2_x86_64
ablk_helper            13269  1 serpent_sse2_x86_64
xts                    12871  1 serpent_sse2_x86_64
gf128mul               14333  2 lrw,xts
dm_crypt               22893  3 

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