Subject: Re: difference in key calculations for ssh
To: Andrew Gillham <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/25/2000 16:11:56
>> Why is it that a SPARCstation takes so much longer to calculate keys
>> in ssh than does an i386?
>My guess would be for the same reasons rc5des is significantly faster
>on Intel.  My understanding is that the Intel is much faster at certain
>instructions (shifts?) that are heavily used by the encryption code.

i dunno if it's shifts...i always figured it was intel being better at
integer arthmetic than sparcs.  my benchmark used to be 2048 pgp2
keys.  i had a sparc 10 that could do one in 20 minutes, whereas my
486dx60 at home could do it in 10.

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