Re: Resources.

Michael J Gebis (gebis@ecn.purdue.edu)
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 13:45:50 -0500 (EST)


> I think that's an excellent question. As far as I can tell, this is the =
> first time that people form all over are working towards a common goal =
> using their computers and the internet. I would definitely give up my =
> compute cycles to another worthy cause as soon as DES is cracked.

Not to take away from the importance of what we are doing here, but it
is definitely not the first collaborative computation project.
And althought this isn't the first, it will be the largest and perhaps
even the most significant such project.

One of the first MAJOR such projects was the factorization of RSA-129,
which was finally factored in March of 1994.

http://ftp.rsa.com/rsalabs/faq/q51.html

The cypherpunks have also had several rc4 key breaking computations
over the years.

http://dcs.ex.ac.uk/~aba/hall.html

That's me in 16th place with 1.562% of the keyspace, and yes,
I'm still proud of that. :)

-- 
Mike Gebis  gebis@ecn.purdue.edu  mgebis@eternal.net