[RC5] Whats up with the Pentium 2 code?

Tim Charron tcharron at interlog.com
Wed Jan 28 19:03:23 EST 1998


> also while I was watching it this morning i noticed several odd things.  
> along
> the backlog of blocks it showed it was working on 3x2^28 block one time 
> and a
> 1x2^29 block another run and a 1x2^30 block after that.   though I do 
> suppose
> it could be because I buffered 1000 blocks instead of the 100 i'd meant to
> retrieve that such an odd thing would happen with the inbuffer.   

It's not caused by your client.  The keyservers keep big blocks.  
When you request a block, it "tears off" that size from what it has 
next in its queue.  If you request a 2^30 after someone else got some 
2^28 blocks, the server may return any of 1x2^28, 2x2^28=1x2^29, 
3x2^28, or 4x2^28=1x2^30.  The client does say "preferred blocksize" 
;).

-- Tim


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