[rc5] 64-bit client oddity?

wooledge at kellnet.com wooledge at kellnet.com
Thu Oct 23 22:28:42 EDT 1997


Jeff Woods (jeff at delta.com) wrote:

> >> [10/23/97 15:02:19 GMT] Block:  6400A121:10000000 ready for processing
> >> [10/23/97 15:02:19 GMT] 19 blocks remain in file C:\RC5\buff-in.rc5
> >> [10/23/97 15:02:19 GMT] 0 blocks are in file C:\RC5\buff-out.rc5
> >> Child thread # 1 has been started.
> >> [10/23/97 15:02:19 GMT] Block:  6400A121:20000000 ready for processing

> I'm going to guess this was done so that the time spent communicating with
> the proxies could also be spent testing keys in another thread?

Yup!  Those of us who ran the 2.005 beta clients have already become
familiar with this....

> [...] depending on the proxies and the buffering levle (defaulted
> to five, no?), that a Pentium-166 was wasting nearly one minute of every
> 90, or 1% of its time, communicating with the proxies while NOT testing (a
> percentage that would be WORSE the faster the CPU got!).  

1%?  Hah!  You must have a leased line or something! :-)

=======================
[10/24/97 00:40:39 GMT] The proxy says: "The cows are invading!  www.bovine.net"
>>>>>>>>>>
[10/24/97 00:40:50 GMT] Sent 10 block(s) to server
[10/24/97 00:40:50 GMT] Block: 64A68E80:00000000 ready for processing
[10/24/97 00:40:50 GMT] 9 Blocks remain in file buff-in.rc5
[10/24/97 00:40:50 GMT] 0 Blocks are in file buff-out.rc5
.....10%.....20%.....30%.[10/24/97 00:40:50 GMT] Total: 19 blocks 25:08:50.43 - [56337.67 keys/sec]
=======================

In the above run, my little 486/66 crunched about 32% of a block in the
time it took for a connection to a proxy server to be made!  Some of us
have dialup connections to overloaded (and flaky) American ISP's....

One minute... sheesh....

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