[RC5] Is my 386 any use?

Art Coates Jr. axis at aye.net
Fri Jan 15 22:13:07 EST 1999


Hence the use of smaller, more manageable block sizes for slower machines.  The
benchmarks on version (.427+) will recommend a block size for the particular
machine.  A nice feature that comes in useful for 386 & 486 type machines.


-Art

Carl Johnstone wrote:

> >I think you forget the PURPOSE of the d.net experiment, to use
> >spare cycles of ALL machines, even low end machines to increase
> >power, rather than only high end machines.
>
> The point is that on "quick" contests (like DES) a machine which connects
> downloads half a dozen blocks spends a couple of days cracking them and then
> uploads them is probably wasting it's time, because the contest will be
> over.
>
> If a machine gets a block and cracks it and then uploads that one block 24
> hours later may find that the block has already been re-issued to another
> machine thats cracked it in 5 mins and returned it already! As these
> contests get quicker, the usefulness of low-end machines gets less and less.
>
> When you get to long-term contests (RC5) then the odds of the contest
> finishing or a block being re-issued is that much lower that low-end
> machines are still an important part of the project.
>
> Carl
>
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