[Beowulf] [tt] World's most powerful supercomputer goes online

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sun Sep 2 23:36:15 EDT 2007


I have it on good authority that they *do* have the systems and just use 
them for, well, work!  And that, for all the cycles at their in-house 
disposal, they don't have nearly enough for the data they get in that 
has to be processed.
gerry

Kyle Spaans wrote:
> On 9/1/07, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
> 
>> RSA and DES and MD5 are considered "probably uncrackable" by
>> anyone with less than NSA-class resources, but of course this bot-cloud
>> is several orders of magnitude more powerful than NSA's probable setup.
> 
> Why a "probable setup" ? I would agree that the NSA likely has a hefty
> HPC sitting around somewhere - but why don't we know about it? If the
> NSA goes through all the work of putting together a (not trying to
> sound pessimistic/conspiracy theorist)
> good-enough-to-crack-your-encryption-for-public-safety cluster, why
> wouldn't they have it up on the top500 list? Not wanting to gloat? Not
> wanting the "badguys to know what we've got"?
> 
> Or do they simply not have systems that are that impressive? :P
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