about context gap

Ken Goldman kgold at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Sep 26 19:10:32 UTC 2017

On 9/16/2017 11:36 AM, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> Hi
> While sitting at the airport I started to think a bit about the context
> gap issue.
> I think first thing that would make sense would be to have a 64-bit
> shadow count for every TPM space i.e.
> atomic_long_t tpm2_ctx_cnt;
> struct tpm2_space {
> 	/* ... */
> 	u64 ctx_cnt;
> };
> For every create and load of a session you will read the global count
> and increase it. This way we have get a well defined order.
> With this organization we could for example put tpm spaces to a
> red-black tree and refresh the oldest tpm space (just first thought
> that came to mind).

I think the algorithm is as follows:

1 - Each saved context has a sequence number.  It can either be 
extracted once and saved in a table or extracted from the context blob 
when needed.

2 - When a startauthsession or contextload returns the 

2A - find the lowest context blob sequence number
2B - contextload it
2C - contextsave it

This is just for sessions, not objects.


A fundamental design question is whether the application can call 
contextsave for sessions, or whether the command is reserved for the 
resource manager.

I personally think it adds a lot of complication - the session blob has 
to be sort of virtualized.  The use case - one application saving a 
session, then handing it over to another application that loads it - 
doesn't seem worth the complexity.

It should be discussed up front, because it affects the code.

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