Friday Dec 10, 2010

Cryptic Comparison

Sun began shipping the SPARC T1 CPU in servers in 2005. That CPU had a cryptographic accelerator in it. Later, the SPARC T2 improved things by implementing a crypto engine in each of the 8 cores. This was further enhanced in the recently released SPARC T3. Over the past few months I have seen vague statements about cryptographic acceleration in the newest Intel CPUs, but did not see any details. I wondered if each implementation had strengths and weaknesses. Understanding those could help people when choosing a CPU architecture.

Joerg Moellenkamp offers a brief comparison and links to additional details.

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