[svlug] Sheevaplug ?
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Oct 21 16:11:29 PDT 2009
Quoting Will Ashford (washford at cs.stanford.edu):
> Symmetric ciphers in general (AES, Blowfish, etc), do not use float
> point arithmetic. Asymmetric ciphers (like our friends RSA and DSA)
> are almost entirely floating point computations. The majority of
> asymmetric crypto is used at SSL (or SSH) session initiation, after
> that symmetric is used.
That makes sense -- and asymmetric ciphers are well known for being much
more computationally intensive. And yes, the session ciphers are
invariably symmetric ones.
That leaves hash algorithms, of course, but I guesstimate that they're
relied on much less often.
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