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Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 22:45:00 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Using Hardwareaccelerators to speed up John

On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 05:08:45PM +0200, wrote:
> I guess Soekris is a nice company and "maybe" they'll develop a Card
> useable for john.
> So if a "normal" CPU is normaly faster: What's about SMP?
> John does not use more then 1 CPU at the moment so if a normal CPU works
> (mostly) much better then a Crypto-Card why doesn't john support this
> function? :-)

I just didn't get around to implementing that, and I would probably
implement distributed processing support right away, with SMP being a
special case.

Also, it is not too hard to start several instances of John manually,
e.g. having each try different password lengths.  One thing John does
support is having multiple instances share the same john.pot.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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