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Distributed Computing By Shane Strate Chapter 1 As the technology we use today increases in speed and usability there are those that are happy with the fastest computer But then there are those that either want or need to go faster than the fastest The solution lies in and around the Internet the solution has been rightfully termed Distributed Computing Put simply distributed computing is the splitting of a task among multiple computers Hence using the power of many computers that people already have thus sparing the cost of buying a supercomputer of equal proportions which in some cases is impossible Distributed Computing isnt all that hard of a concept to grasp The first thing that would be done when setting up a distributed computing operation is the selection of the problem that you to tackle This allows you to decide what the basic architecture of the network is going to be To help describe the process better I will step through the process of setting up an imaginary distributed computing project I am bored one day and surfing the web and I run into RSAs homepage were they had just announced a new competition in which they have put up an offer to give ten thousand dollars to the person that successfully cracks any one of their encryption standards under the RC5 brand You know that RC5-56 has been cracked and RC5-64 is being cracked using brute force distributed computing So you decide to take on RSA most secure encryption standard tackling the challenge to take on RC5-128 officially called RC5-321216 Tackling this problem with brute force is probably the easiest method but this cipher is 264 times stronger than RC5-64 so we are going to need quite the backing for this Seeing how money is only a slight problem we go out and buy a web server a key server and a so-called stats server We also buy a copy
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