[RC5] No net access for weeks at a time....

Ryan Dumperth woodie at indy.net
Sun Nov 30 01:54:32 EST 1997

>At 04:12 PM 11/29/97 , Eric Folley wrote
>1) Since this project has searched well under 1% of the keyspace, the
>| chance of duplicating work is fairly low. At some later date, as the
>| percentage of the keyspace searched increases, this will become
>more of an
>| issue, but for now...
>My understanding is that the INI file specifies the first 8 bits of
>the random number to be generated.  Presumably, this was done to make
>it easier to use the 56-bit random number generator and to simplify
>block accounting.  Unfortunately, this means that your clients are
>probably generating random numbers in the same .3% of the keyspace
>that we're 33+% done searching.  I believe that changing the
>randomprefix in the INI file to a number in the range [0,255] will
>let clients generate random blocks in an unsearched or sparsely
>searched region of the keyspace.

As one of the coders has mentioned before on this list, this ini setting is
not to be touched by the user. The client will change it when it gets a key
from a different section of the keyspace. Help d.net manage the blocks
efficiently, and don't mess with that setting.

My myopic opinion.


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