[RC5] RE: rc5-digest V1 #226
CThompson at suncor.com
Thu Jul 30 16:09:45 EDT 1998
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 15:26:11 -0500
From: Greg Delisle <gdelisle at indiana.edu>
Subject: [RC5] Re: rc5-digest V1 #225 (LONG reply)
Folks, my point about Moore's Law was addressed specifically to
Crack-type machine. Distributed.net can leverage Moore's Law,
reason we have outgrown the Law by such a vast amount has
to do with technology.* PEOPLE have grown d.net, and if the
d.net will shrink, and THAT is our problem. D.net must grow at
rate it is growing at now. That is a people problem, and people
increase their participation according to Moore's Law or any
A counterpoint to this argument. When I first joined the
distributed.net effort, I had a Pentium 133 that I ran the client on.
Now, due to Moore's Law, I have seen fit to have that upgraded to a
Pentium II 300 MMX. I no longer have the old system. My contribution
has grown specifically because of Moore's Law.
If computers did not get faster all the time, I would have stayed with
the Pentium 133.
Yes, this is just one example. But if you assume we get *nobody* else
joining distributed.net and nobody leaving, it is still a fair
assumption that the people currently involved will buy newer, faster
computers because of Moore's Law.
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