> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Zooko O'Whielacronx" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> The AES competition resulted in a block cipher that was faster as 
> well as safer than the previous standards.  I hope that the next 
> generation of hash functions achieve something similar, because for 
> my use cases speed in a hash function is more important than speed 
> in encryption.

I believe that this will be more and more the case.  Hashes will 
probably become slower relative to ciphers.  CPUs are becoming 
multi-core and data pipelining from RAM into a CPU on-chip cache 
is now common.  Both of these semiconductor trends will make 
existing hashes become bottlenecks and will make it harder to 
design a fast new hash.

- Alex 

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