[rc5] RC5 Chips?

Michael Conwell mbcwam at anet-stl.com
Sat Nov 1 11:25:19 EST 1997

Using mult-purpose CPUs would be dumb.  First you'd have to Fab a board.
Plus you'd need a OS that can multitask among 12 chips...AIX can handle
that, the MacOS needs ASICs and ROMS and currently doesn't handle
muliprocessors, and I don't think Linux will handle 12 processors either.
Speaking of an OS, I guess you'd have to license it or buy a copy...another
problem.  Writing your own would be kind of hard.  FPGAs take most of that
out of the equation.

>Aren't you wasting your time? I don't mean this in an offensive way, but el
>cheapo PowerPC chips crank out keys checked... A 200Mhz 603e chip can do
>550Kk/sec. These chips cost around $150? Why not build a PCI board with 12
>empty sockets for $100-200. Then add PowerPC chips as needed. A full board
>would do 6600Kk/sec for $2000, a starter board would do 1100Kk/sec for $500,
>with an extra 550Kk/sec for every $150 spent. Plus, You could probably
>reprogram the 603e chips to do different things later.
>The Great BrianB
>Protect your right to own and arm bears.
>From: Dave Zarzycki <zarzycki at ricochet.net>
>To: <rc5 at llamas.net>
>Subject: FPGAs and distributed computing (Was: Re: [rc5] RC5 Chips?)
>Date: Fri, 31 Oct 97 21:12:26 -0800
>On 10/31/97 7:40 PM, Ryan Dumperth (woodie at indy.net) wrote:
>Okay, distributed computing is not going away as far as I can tell. Let's
>make the best of it! :-) I'll willing to chip in a few bucks to buy a
>FPGA card and let distributed.net have 100% access to it. By doing that,
>v3 clients could report that a FPGA was available, get the corresponding
>code, and have at it. In another way, it's great for distributed.net in
>the sense that it shows commitment. It also shows distributed.net that a
>client might be more trusted when it comes to computing a result *and
>returning it* the servers (perhaps in a timely manor too)... Future
>projects might heavily benefit from FPGAs too.
>Dave Zarzycki                                Student
>Intern                                       San Jose State University
>Apple Computer, Inc.                         dzarzyck at email.sjsu.edu
>zarzycki at apple.com                           zarzycki at ricochet.net
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