Re: Disappointed in alpha performance

C Matthew Curtin (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 14:05:33 -0400 (EDT)

>>>>> "Mikael" == Mikael Brown <> writes:

Mikael> sheesh...this is prety bad concidering a P200 on Win95 can do
Mikael> this in 6 seconds....I figured a Digital AlphaStation 300
Mikael> would work faster....

Keep in mind that the Intel clients have been hand-optimizied, and are
in assembler. If you have sufficient familiarity with the Alpha
processor that you could write a fast client (i.e., in assembly, and
optimized to take advantages of the chip's features), we'd love to
hear about it.

The Alpha (and other 64-bit processors) have an especially interesting
ability, in taking a different approach altogether from the 32-bit
processors, which could yield significant speed increases. Biham
discussed 64-bit implementations of DES in software that are

Matt Curtin  Chief Scientist  Megasoft, Inc.    I speak only for myself
Death to small keys.  Crack DES NOW!