Distributed FPGA Number Crunching For The Masses

How we obtained the equivalent power of a Deep Crack for a fistful of dollars - and how the community can benefit from this

Felix Domke

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In 1998, the EFF built "Deep Crack", a machine designed to perform a walk over DES's 56-bit keyspace in nine days, for $250.000. With today's FPGA technology, a cost decrease of 25x can be achieved, as the copacobana project has shown. If that's still too much, two approaches should be considered: Recycling hardware and distributed computing. This talk will be about combining both approaches for the greater good.