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Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:48:53 -0400
From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@...hershed.org>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] omegacrypt and timing

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On 09/21/2014 02:39 AM, Brandon Enright wrote:
> Instead of having 4 (or N) fixed branch paths each with a fixed
> number of instructions for each path, I suggest the following logic
> would defeat the selective NOPing ability by making the worst case
> too bad:
> 
> while (coinflip()) { do_some_work();
> 
> while (coinflip()) { do_some_more_work() {
> 
> [...] [...]
> 

I really hope there's something good here.  I would love to see a
really good anti-SIMD moving forward, not that my opinion counts.

Can I rewrite your code this way?

depth = 0
while true:
    if coinFlip()
        depth++
    else
        depth--
    if depth <= 0:
        return
    switch depth:
    case 1:
        do_work_1()
    case 2:
        do_work_2()
    ...
    case N:
        do_work_N()

Each thread needs to have a state machine to update the switch
statement's expression.  So long as each thread can update the state
machine efficiently, I think I can do a switch statement like this,
regardless of the structure of the program.  State machines to emulate
programs built with if-statements and goto-statements are generally
pretty simple.

Bill
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