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Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:06:07 +0400
From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com>
To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: External node distribution (call for help)

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:42:51PM +1000, Michael Samuel wrote:
> For external mode, wouldn't it be better to just extend the API to have
> __num_nodes and __node_id?
> 
> To avoid breaking API, the mode would need to define the two variables,
> otherwise they're not multi-node compatible.

We could do something like this, but it'd make programming of external
modes more complicated and error-prone.

> That would probably also allow a translation of external modes into OpenCL
> kernels.

That's a curious idea.

Overall, this level of complexity doesn't make me happy.

Alexander

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