[HARDWARE] Massive computing power
raetsel at home.com
Thu Sep 24 00:19:13 EDT 1998
Okay folks... I'm new here, so maybe this has gone the rounds -- but here
We're all working on a massively math-intense project here, regarding
this there can be no argument. We have checked over a half-million trillion
keys, and yet exhausted only 2.5% of the possibilities. I'm not saying
anything new here, you all know this from the stats pages.
What I'm questioning is our individual approach. I am running a dual
PII/375 (333s pushed to a 75MHz bus clock) under NT 4. I regularly get 2.08
Mkeys/second. Okay. Fine. Dandy, even. If we're to come close to the 14
hour challenge that looks to be the next hurdle, there needs to be
innovation on a scale other than what the commercial sector can (or is
willing to) provide.
I'm not a theorist. I'm not a computer scientist -- though I do play
one at work. I don't pretend to understand the math that goes into making
encryption work. Hell, I don't even know the math that makes it work. But
(obviously) this has to be a repetitive computational task that is
performed; the only thing that changes is the key we're trying in the lock.
And that kind of work can be hard-wired.
As evidence, I present an article from Discover magazine, June 1997,
titled The Star Machine. (go to http://www.discover.com/archive/index.html
Under Search for Keyword in Article enter "gravity pipeline")
Granted, they put $2 million into this thing. However, does anyone
think we can come up with a ~$500 PCI device that'll do greater than, say,
25 MKeys/sec? Something like a crypto-coprocessor? It'd also have to play
well with others (work in multiple board arrays). That would be the
equivalent of over 10 dual PIIs (or Celerons). That's the way I think this
contest would be best approached.
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