[RC5] Rc5 getting old?

Daniel C. Petrak dpetrak at fct.com
Tue Apr 13 13:35:05 EDT 1999

Perhaps RC5 is getting old, but that's not the true issue.

"...when you add up all the idle time, on all the computers all over the
Internet ... enormous tasks may be accomplished."

RC5 may have been chosen as a good example for the actual purpose of
distributed.net, but distributed computing is the goal here.  Personally, I
can't wait for other projects to become available through d.net.  Some of
the older machines that I will never again be able to touch will continue on
RC5.  I plan on just waiting patiently for v3 to release before I leave the

Daniel C. Petrak
Senior System Administrator
The FCT Group of Companies

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net
[mailto:owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net]On Behalf Of lunaslide
Sent: Monday, April 12, 1999 8:56 PM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Subject: Re: [RC5] Rc5 getting old?

Jadin M Hanson wrote:
> >RC5 is getting old. I'm looking forward to the OGR, or prime number
> >quest, if they ever begin.
> I think you're just used to the quick DES contest's. I think you have to
> make rc5 fun. Make sure you're on a team, that way you can compare stats
> are race with your friends (and or enemies). That makes it more enjoyable
> (hint, hint, the team summary listing could be fixed on the statsbox-ii
> couldn't it??) Also make goals for yourself. Try to keep your keyrate
> climbing, ask friends and relatives if you can install it onto their
> computers. Watch your keyrate grow and grow.
> My point is we can't please everyone with short attention-spans,
> (probably not even medium ones) but you just got to make it fun.
> rc5 doesn't have to be old.
> It's only 500 days young.

*I* have a short attention span and I've been on this project for two
years and I am getting bored.

But it's not just about bored.  It's about whether the purpose for this
project can be justified any longer.  The reason for the contest was to
prove that 64 bit encryption is not strong enough to protect important
information given the amount of processing power available today.  It's
true that there are machines out there that can break this encryption
much faster than we can.  But with this many machines being thrown at
the problem, and being constantly upgraded and added to, over two years
is really quite a long time to be working at this.  The only reason I
see in continuing is there being nothing to do until the next project,
and seti has just removed that reason for me at least.

Off to search for little green men,

lunaslide           *          PGP key->pgpkeys.mit.edu port 11371
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