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Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:45:32 +0300
From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com>
To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: [GSoC] JtR SIMD support enhancements

On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 06:12:25AM +0300, Solar Designer wrote:
> https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-xeon-phi-core-micro-architecture
> 
> "Many changes were made to the original 32-bit P54c architecture to make
> it into an Intel Xeon Phi 64-bit processor."
> 
> BTW, this article on the microarchitecture describes several differences
> relative to Pentium that may be useful to us, including on possibly
> optimizing our bcrypt code to run better on Xeon Phi's scalar units -
> but we'll probably have to do that in assembler.  Extrapolating from
> Pentium 120 MHz 20.4 c/s for hand-tuned asm:
> 
> 20.4 * 60*1.053 / 0.12 = 10740 c/s
> 
> Our current speed is twice worse:
> 
> 10740/5339 = 2.01

This should have been:

10740/6339 = 1.69

So our current speed is not that bad, but likely it can still be
improved by up to 70%.

Alexander

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