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Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:20:31 +0200
From: Thomas Pornin <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] not bossy

On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 02:55:56AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> IIRC, a hurdle was that Solaris of the time would clobber high 32 bits
> of 64-bit integer registers on context switches (the kernel was
> 64-bit, but userland 32-bit)

It was the other way round: the kernel was 32-bit, and unaware that
the userland was doing things with the high halves of the 64-bit
registers (actually, the kernel was unaware that the registers were
longer than 32 bits).

Solaris 7, released in November 1998, was 64-bit aware and removed this
limitation. The DES-frenzy at reached its end on January
1999 (the DES-III challenge) so the 64-bit Solaris did not have enough
time to percolate before people lost interest in bitslice DES

> While arriving at the absolute lowest gate count (and having any sort
> of certainty of that) is already intractable for DES S-boxes even with
> few gate types, an interesting question is whether we likely get
> closer or stay farther away from that holy grail in practice when we
> have more gate types.

As far as I know, Kwan's work for almost entirely manual (that's what
he told me, at least) so he cannot easily do it again under other

Apart from UltraSPARC, a number of other processors have opcodes which
go beyond the elementary operations corresponding to C operators. For
instance, Alpha offered the classic NOT, AND, OR and XOR, but also

	--Thomas Pornin

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