[Bug 254513] virtio_random: random_harvestq spinning on a CPU with Q35 virtio random device

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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 06:21:15 UTC

Kyle Evans <kevans@freebsd.org> changed:

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--- Comment #17 from Kyle Evans <kevans@freebsd.org> ---
(In reply to Chris Collins from comment #16)

Can you provide details on the host here? I'm a little curious if qemu is
configure to use a non-default backend for entropy, and what kernel version
it's running.

According to https://wiki.qemu.org/Features/VirtIORNG, the default is
/dev/random which may block until more recent linux releases. I'm wondering if
we're depleting the host's /dev/random with our (10hz?) polling, frequently
leaving us stuck in a tight spin here:
-- CC'ing some csprng@ folks and some virtio folks.

I wonder if it would make sense to add an optional timeout parameter to
virtqueue_poll() so that rng doesn't get stuck if vtrnd can't currently
contribute to the pool.

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