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Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 01:09:35 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: new dev box wishes (was: Contest)

On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 04:31:50PM -0300, Claudio Andr? wrote:
> On 26-05-2013 15:59, Solar Designer wrote:
> > We'll need to discuss where to put it. Replacing bull's 7970 with 7990
> > is one easy option, but not necessarily the best one. Yes, I think we
> > should make this 7990 gift card available for the entire JtR dev team
> > online, in whatever machine.
> A new 'mamuth' machine having a 7990, a GTX 690 and any good APU would
> be really a nice toy. Expensive, but powerfull.

Do we really want a GTX 690, knowing that it's relatively slow for our
purpose as compared to GTX 590 or two 580's?  Is this just because some
of our users will inevitably have these cards, so we have to optimize
for them too?  Or are we hoping that we'd be able to optimize enough
that we'd outperform the 5xx cards?

What APU would you want to see there, and why?  Perhaps we need one with
support in an OpenCL SDK for the GPU part.

We'll want a CPU with AVX2 when these become available for purchase.

I think we may also want to install a Xeon Phi (despite of the price and
lower performance per dollar than we achieve with GPUs for most formats),
if we have people who would proceed to make use of it for JtR development
soon enough (do we?)


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