RE: What is out Computering power?

Justin Dolske (
Mon, 5 May 1997 20:18:24 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 5 May 1997, Nelson Minar wrote:

> (Mind you, we're doing a really bizarre computation. And one that
> PPros aren't particularly good at. I sure wish someone in the public
> sphere would just design a DES cracking chip in VLSI and get it over
> with.)

These are already available. :-) The VLSI VM007 (1993, 32Mhz) can, by my
math, do between 3 and 4 million keys/second. I would imagine faster
implementations are available today. Schneier's book has got half a page
of commercial DES chips -- page 279.

Justin Dolske <URL:>
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