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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:29:03 -0500
From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@...il.com>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] Future CPUs and GPUs?

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM,  <pornin@...et.org> wrote:
> "Don't sell the skin till you have caught the bear." Right now, nobody
> knows what candidates will be submitted. The discussions occurring in this
> mailing-list cannot claim exhaustivity (e.g. I did not discuss my own
> submission). I think a prior message to this list claimed that there
> should be about 10 or 12 candidates, but that's just an estimate and there
> could be dozens of submissions from people who never actively participated
> to this list.
>
>
>         --Thomas Pornin

Good point.  This also means you still have time to take Solar
Designer's excellent research into why Bcrypt is so difficult for GPUs
:-)  Thus, you could be one of those "influenced" entries.

Basically, if you have a loop where password dependent addressing is
done, just try to do small data reads in it.  Bcrypt does it from the
start, doing 16 byte reads if I am not mistaken.  I'm only doing it in
the second loop, since the first loop in TigerKDF is predictable for
cache-timing-attack resistance, but in the second loop I do 64-byte
reads by default.  I figure that likely makes it around 8X larger
memory for CPU/GPU parity, or around 32KiB vs Bcrypt at 4KiB.

Bill

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