Simple distributed example for learning purposes?

r0g at
Fri Jan 15 16:43:45 CET 2010

Tim Golden wrote:
> Nobody wrote:
>> On Sat, 26 Dec 2009 20:06:02 +0000, Tim Golden wrote:
>>> I'm trying to come up with something which will illustrate
>>> the usefulness of a distributed processing model. Since I
>>> may not be using the term "distributed" exactly, my
>>> criteria are:
>>> * It should be clear that the application produces results
>>> sooner when run via multiple cooperating computers than when run on one.
>>> * The problem being solved should be broadly comprehensible by
>>> the students. This rules out some abstruse mathematical
>>> calculation which would benefit from multiple processors but
>>> which will fail to engage their interest.
>> Rendering fractals? Easy to parallelise, easy to code, easy to make slow
>> enough that the speed-up is noticeable.
> Thanks. I'll add that to the list of possibilities.

Distributed password cracking? It's really simple yet potentially
engaging and could be a good segway into teaching them about
computability and security. All you need is a bunch of password hashes
and a wordlist.


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