[Hardware] Notes on packing serial cores into Xilinx devices

jbass at dmsd.com jbass at dmsd.com
Sun Aug 15 14:46:14 EDT 2004

Elektron <elektron_rc5 at yahoo.ca> writes:
> Now, you win $10000. Assume electricity costs an insanely low 1 cent 
> per kWh. Assume equipment is free. So you have 1 million kWh (== 3.6e12 
> J) to spend cracking 2^71 keys (since, on average, you search half the 
> keyspace to find the result). That's 1.5e-9 Joules per key.

This argument only makes sense if some central admin is making a reasoned
choice to participate in the project. From an individul perspective, at
$4/mo to leave a PC running with lottery like odds to potentially win
$10,000 ... the breakeven point for a winner is 10000/4= 2,500 months.

Lotteries don't make sense from a global systems perspective, as the
operator will always win. Similar game theory results on this problem.

> Let's estimate the minimum number of transistor*clocks you need to do 
> RC5. Assume you need no bits of storage (which you don't if you're not 
> pipelining). Skip this if you don't feel like counting transistors.

Sorry, but 26 32bit words of S storage are ALWAYS required, as are 3
32 bit words of L.


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