Paul Timmins (noweb4u) wrote,
Paul Timmins
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Wow!

Decided to check my statistics on the distributed.net project. (If you don't know what that is, it's one of the first few projects where you run something on your computer that processes a chunk of computations in your idle time, and returns the results to a central location. The purpose of this one is to show that the claims made that restrict cryptography export that say that xxx bit encryption is good because it would take 10,000 years to do a brute force attack on the keyspace, they get proven wrong. Thus we get to export more secure crypto. Yay! This project has changed public perception of strength of exportable cryptography. They broke 56 bit DES in under 24 hours. Consider if someone wrote a worm that did the same thing that distributed.net does and used it for the powers of evil. That's why I choose to dedicate my cycles to distributed.net instead of Seti@home - I tend to have to stand up for myself often on why I choose to do this, but hey.)

Anyway back to my original point, across all my machines I cracked 20,574,000 keys a second. That puts me in the top 1,250 people. This is a new daily record for me. Yay! heh

http://stats.distributed.net/rc5-64/psummary.php3?id=225316

BTW, for those not familiar with the project, this is a fuckload of work. For example a Pentium III 1Ghz machine does around 2,806,000 keys a second. Across all the computers I am running it on, It's like having 20 PIII 1Ghz machines. Cool, eh? :-)
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