crypto(9) is called from ipsec in CRYPTO_F_CBIFSYNC mode. This is working
fine when a lot of different flows to be ciphered/deciphered are involved.
However, when a software crypto driver is used, there are
situations where we could benefit from making crypto(9) multi threaded:
- a single flow is to be ciphered: only one thread is used to cipher it,
- a single ESP flow is to be deciphered: only one thread is used to
The idea here is to call crypto(9) using a new mode (CRYPTO_F_ASYNC) to
dispatch the crypto jobs on multiple threads, if the underlying crypto
driver is working in synchronous mode.
Another flag is added (CRYPTO_F_ASYNC_KEEPORDER) to make crypto(9)
dispatch the crypto jobs in the order they are received (an additional
queue/thread is used), so that the packets are reinjected in the network
using the same order they were posted.
A new sysctl net.inet.ipsec.async_crypto can be used to activate
this new behavior (disabled by default).
Submitted by: Emeric Poupon <email@example.com>
Reviewed by: ae, jmg, jhb
Differential Revision: https://reviews.freebsd.org/D10680
Sponsored by: Stormshield