[HARDWARE] Just Courious......

William J [on the road] Halverson william at netpros.net
Fri Sep 17 08:48:39 EDT 1999



"Jim C. Nasby" wrote:

> Keep in mind that dedicated sillicon couldn't be re-programmed for another
> contest. I imagine a lot of people wouldn't want to buy custom hardware that
> was only usefull for rc5-64.
>

Agreed ... I think that is why the discussion has centered around FPGAs.


>
> Not to throw a damper on things, but there's also the matter of creating the
> interface between the custom hardware and our network. I highly doubt that we'll
> be releasing our network code anytime soon, so we'd have to figure out who
> would be creating the 'front-end' for this hardware.
>
> Moo!
> dB!
>

.... MMMmm ... when would you think it to be appropriate to start serious talks on
this?



>
> On Thu, Sep 16, 1999 at 02:32:04PM -0700, Marcus Gillette wrote:
> > This sounds like it could be too complicated for efficient performance out
> > of an FPGA.
> >
> > i read the article on   http://www.replay.com/cracking_des/crack-1-4.html .
> >
> > The EFF decided against FPGAs, and had a contract signed for custom chips to
> > be manufactured.  They only built about 1500 chips for DES.... and their
> > cost for hardware including all the cases and mainboards was around
> > $120,000.  If only 10% of the contributors to distributed.net were
> > interested, there would be significantly more demand than 1500 chips.  I'd
> > think this might be the most long-term cost-effective price/performance
> > solution.
> >
> > my two cents.
> >
> > Marcus
> >
> >
>
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