jitterentropy base genode nstime.h for virt riscv

Christian Helmuth christian.helmuth at genode-labs.com
Tue Feb 28 11:59:39 CET 2023


On Tue, Feb 28, 2023 at 11:24:18 CET, Pranab Kumar Rout cs21m045 wrote:
> Now, I need to write the hearder file (jitterentropy-base-genode-nstime.h)
> for risc-v that would do the same work.
> Can you please explain what this function ( *inline void
> jent_get_nstime(__u64 *out)* ) actually do ? So that I can write it for
> risc-v arch also.

Please refer to the jitterentropy library documentation [1] for the
specification of jent_get_nstime(). In general, the function shoud
return a "high-resolution time stamp" with minimal overhead, for
example a cycle counter like TSC on x86. Unfortunately, I don't know
about any RISC-V feature that could be used for this specific purpose
or if RISC-V in general provides sufficient CPU Execution Timing
Jitter for the jitterentropy library.

[1] http://www.chronox.de/jent.html

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