this great guy writes: "A private company announced a full custom 65nm ASIC for mining bitcoins. They claim that consumer devices based on the chip will start shipping to customers this December. The design costs are estimated at half a million dollars, and have reportedly been funded by external venture capital. We are witnessing the birth of a specialized Bitcoin mining industry."
Marc Bevand writes: "Last week at the ToorCon 10
hacker conference in San Diego, I presented Breaking UNIX crypt() on the PlayStation 3,
a talk focused on optimizing the bruteforcing speed
of DES-based crypt() password hashes for the Cell B.E. processor by
implementing a technique known as bitslicing. I am glad to announce that
has just been released and this implementation averages 45.5 gates per S-box. This is
by no mean a replacement for a tool like John the Ripper (which supports many advanced
features and other hashing algorithms), but nonetheless a comparison between the two is
interesting. The PS3's 65nm 3.2 GHz Cell processor can test 11.5 million password/sec
while consuming only 130W. This represents a performance/dollar result 4.4x better than
John the Ripper on a quad-core 3.2 GHz QX9770, or 1.6x better than a 2.66GHz Q6700;
a performance/Watt ratio 1.5x better than both; and an absolute cracking speed respectively
8% and 30% faster."
this great guy writes: A NY Times article about
the nuclear smuggling network ran by Abdul Qadeer Khan
reveals: 'It was not until
2005 that officials of the I.A.E.A., which is based in Vienna, finally
cracked the hard drives on the Khan computers recovered around the
world. And as they sifted through files and images on the hard drives,
investigators found tons of material [...]. In all, they found several
terabytes of data, a huge amount to sift through.'. Given that
Khan's revelations were made in early 2004, does that mean it took the IAEA
1-2 years to bruteforce the encryption ? Did they receive help from the
this great guy writes: A year ago,
Google's secret plans
for a portable data center in a shipping container were being revealed
by Robert X. Cringely.
news broke out
that Sun Microsystems is about to officially unveil
plans for a full-scale production of data centers in 20-foot-long
cargo shipping containers by next summer.