Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:30:11 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: --fork using different OpenCL devices magnum, Claudio, all - On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 at 09:32:49PM +0200, magnum wrote: > Claudio had an idea a while ago that I think still hasn't been discussed on list so here goes: > > The idea is to have -fork pick a different device (starting from 0 or picking from a given list) for each child. Picture having two 7990 cards for a total of four devices. Using "-fork=4" with an OpenCL format would pick device 0 for the mother process, device 1 for first child and so on. This would provide poor man's multi-GPU support. Unfortunately, in the current implementation of --fork there's some use of signals - such as to get the status line printed by all children on a keypress - and this appears incompatible with AMD's SDK. > Only very fast formats [where set_key() is a bottleneck] would benefit. This is confused/confusing. What I think was meant here is that if we _don't_ direct the different fork'ed processes to different GPUs (let them all use one GPU), then we'll hide the latency of key setup and key transfers. This is similar to how I sometimes invoke Sayantan's descrypt-opencl on one GPU multiple times to achieve much better cumulative speed than is possible with one invocation. Yes, --fork would help here (already the current implementation of it, with no changes), except that there's the issue with AMD's SDK that I mentioned above. On NVIDIA GPUs, this just works. > I think it's a cool idea and Claudio has a trivial PoC patch. Should we do this? It will hopefully be obsoleted by mask mode and other planned things. OTOH I would not mind at all applying it. I don't see mask mode as obsoleting it. I don't recall what exactly Claudio's patch did, though. Like I said, for hiding the latencies for key setup/transfers with fast hashes, no patch is needed (but there's an issue with AMD SDK, which we have no patch for). However, for poor man's multi-GPU a patch would in fact be needed (but it will similarly be problematic with AMD SDK). Maybe we should revise --fork such that it would not use signals (would use solely other IPC mechanisms). Or maybe AMD will fix their SDK soon (wishful thinking). Alexander
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