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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:47:27 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: bug: GPU use in CPU-only formats

On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 at 11:53:31AM -0300, Claudio Andr? wrote:
> Ok, it is possible to get all the OpenCL information needed (e.g. to
> parse the -dev option) and release everything GPU related.

Can't we separate parsing of the platform/device options from actual
processing of the parsed values - that is, postpone checking whether the
specified device even exists until we reach the format's init()?

Also, when no platform/device options are specified, so the default
device would be used, do we need to do any checking before we reach
init(), and if so - why?

> After that,
> reopen GPU stuff during init() only when needed.  As it is now, every
> OpenCL enabled build could cause drivers to keep some memory allocated
> while JtR is running, even a non-GPU format
> BUT: no real GPU memory allocation is done inside common code. Neither
> code execution. So, ghosts and busy devices could not happen.

Somehow the NVIDIA card and the PSU actually get hotter because of this;
I wonder what's going on in there if not code execution.  I think it's
at least 100W extra (roughly half-load on the card), compared to running
a CPU-only build with the same format.


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