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Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to the Internet

I've decided that a blog could be a handy tool for many reasons. Ideally, this will serve as a place for me to post snippets of useful information that I (or anyone else) may reference.

For my first order of business, lets set the mood for this blog with a piece of software I just finished. Last night (err.. 3am this morning) I finished an implementation of the Skein 512-512 hash algorithm (version 1.3). I'm a fan of Skein and hope it wins the SHA-3 competition next year. One of the nice things about Skein is how quickly it's been adopted by many platforms and implemented in many languages. To that end, I present Skein 512-512 implemented in Bash. I know, and I'm sorry, but someone had to do it. It is extremely slow, and left a very bad taste in my brain. Isn't that punishment enough?

2 comments:

  1. Skein is optimized for 64-bit CPUs. If Skein wins, how will machines with 32-bit CPUs (such as those of legacy PCs and ARM handhelds) keep up?

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  2. 1. The fact that it is optimized for 64 bits doesn't mean it won't work with 32 bits.
    2. I feel people is so concerned with keeping legacy systems that we are holding the future back, without a clear break we won't have a future to innovate on.

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