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RE: hardware vs. john the ripper
From: "Password Crackers, Inc." <pwcrack () pwcrack com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 17:04:12 -0500

Your architecture will most likely be determined by your requirements
including your requirements for support, backup, fault tolerance and
maintenance.  Our experience is that a cluster of inexpensive computers
provides the best performance per dollar.  The idea is to buy the most
MIPS/$ without buying a lot of peripherals, memory, disk space, etc. since
these items do not generally contribute to the performance of the cluster
(and are largely unused.)  Benchmark data for the comparative performance of
various microprocessors is available on the net.  Generally, in terms or
processing power, the big servers are not as efficient for this type of task
as a large number of re-furbished Dell PC's.  There are volumes written
about performance comparisons between cheap, redundant processors and high
performance, high speed processors.

Why are you building this rather than sending the processing out to a

Bob Weiss
Password Crackers, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rafael Núñez [mailto:rnunez () cpiu us] 
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:28 PM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Cc: Timo Schoeler; PBrass () iss net; raptor () 0xdeadbeef info
Subject: hardware vs. john the ripper
Importance: High

Finally , I´m going to buy a hardware specially for password cracking? focus
in a big one. John will be the player. Center on FreeBSD MD5 [32/32]

So Which hardware/trademark would the best one?,  Proliant Server?  SGI ?
Alpha ones?  please i need some links about it

Thanks in advance

Rafael Núñez



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