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Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:02:46 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: PHC: Argon2 on GPU

Regarding my testing with md5crypt-opencl:

On Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 09:48:48AM +0300, Solar Designer wrote:
> Per this recent discussion, not inlining of functions isn't supported in
> AMD OpenCL currently:
> So I am puzzled why I appeared to have any performance difference from
> including or omitting the "inline" keyword on md5_digest().  I'll need
> to re-test this, preferably reviewing the generated code.

I just did.  The generated GCN ISA code is exactly the same regardless
of whether I use the "inline" keyword on md5_digest() or not.  The
function is inlined for its every use either way.  And the code size is
around 16000 bytes (some instructions are 4-byte, some are 8-byte).

I also tried unrolling md5crypt's loop to a ridiculous extent, like
literally fully unrolling it - "#pragma unroll 500" before the
"for (i = 0; i < 500; i++)" loop with two uses of md5_digest() in it.
The resulting GCN ISA code size is:

[ run]$ fgrep -i codelen _temp_0_Tahiti_cryptmd5.isa
codeLenInByte        = 2809236 bytes;

but the performance is only about 40% worse than for the 16k version.
So in some cases GCN tolerates exceeding L1i cache surprisingly well.


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