[noise] Noise_IKpsk2_25519_ChaChaPoly_BLAKE2s first message benchmarks

Trevor Perrin trevp at trevp.net
Tue May 23 17:35:31 PDT 2017

You've probably thought of this, but another optimization would be for
the server to cache the ss calculation from the first message:

-> e, es, s, ss

For example, on loading a new client configuration it could just do
the ss DH at that point, and then have less latency when responding to
initial messages.


On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 4:03 PM, Trevor Perrin <trevp at trevp.net> wrote:
> On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM, Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com> wrote:
>> Hey folks,
>> [Noise-related, but CCing curves@, since this essentially amounts to a
>> benchmark of 25519.]
> Only replying to Noise:
>> I added multi-core handshake processing to WireGuard this afternoon.
>> With that in place, I decided to run some tests on how many real life
>> network packets could be handled. To do this, I simply replayed the
>> same valid initiation packet over and over, from localhost, which
>> means the processing of the packet went all the way through up to the
>> timestamp/counter in the payload, when it then saw it was a replay and
>> discarded. This means that pretty much all the Noise calculations were
>> being executed. Measurements below are in kilo-packets per second;
>> each packet requires 2 ECDH() calls and a bunch of hashing.
>> Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1505M v5 @ 2.80GHz
>> AVX-accelerated ChaCha20Poly1305, Blake2s, Curve25519 (sandy2x):
>> multi-core: 48k/second
>> single-core: 10k/second
> If we assume all the compute costs are 25519, this would be 140K
> cycles/op, and a 10% speedup between Sandy2x and Donna.
> I don't know about Skylake, but I recall Sandy2X was citing ~160K
> cycles on Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge without TurboBoost (and maybe
> Haswell too?), and also ~10% speedup vs Floodyberry's version of Donna
> (which might not be exactly what you're using, I'm not sure the
> differences).
> https://www.win.tue.nl/~tchou/slides/sandy2x.pdf
> So this seems consistent with most time going into a well-optimized
> 25519, though you'd have to profile in more detail to be sure.
> Trevor

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