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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:44:30 -0500
From: Bill Cox <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] catena.c

That's fun!  The Catena master branch has 128, and my waywardgeek
branch has H_LEN*2, which is my prefered ordering and spacing compared
to 2 * H_LEN.  However, it should be twice H_LEN regardless.  There
were some hard-coded 64's as well, and a few places that assumed H_LEN
<= 64, and placed where constants were passed rather than GARLIC and
MIN_GARLIC.  I think I got them all... To replace the hard-coded 64's,

I also replaced all the __HashX with __FastHashX in the row data
computations, which resulted in the expected speed-up.  __FastHash is
just the NoelKDF multiply hash.

My more radical change for today was to factor out the mid-row
computations so that I could easily embed a Catena-7 sub-DAG in the
first row.  You've got to love git... it let's me make all the changes
I want without messing with master.


On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM, Solar Designer <> wrote:
> Christian,
> I guess the 128 constant in the snippet below was meant to be H_LEN,
> since otherwise behavior will differ for H_LEN != 64, and it could even
> be over-read beyond the malloc()'ed memory.
> For the current H_LEN == 64, which is valid for both BLAKE2b and
> SHA-512, this change is obviously a no-op.
> diff --git a/src/catena.c b/src/catena.c
> index 5486709..8c84f82 100644
> --- a/src/catena.c
> +++ b/src/catena.c
> @@ -66,7 +66,7 @@ void LBRH(const uint8_t x[H_LEN], const uint8_t lambda,
>      __Hash2(r + (c-1)*H_LEN, H_LEN, r, H_LEN, r);
>      p = r + H_LEN;
>      for (i = 1; i < c; i++, p += H_LEN) {
> -      __Hash1(p - H_LEN, 128, p);
> +      __Hash1(p - H_LEN, 2 * H_LEN, p);
>      }
>    }
> Alexander

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