"Finite Field Arithmetic." Chapter 20C: Support for 'Clearsigned' GPG texts in "Litmus."

This article is part of a series of hands-on tutorials introducing FFA, or the Finite Field Arithmetic library. FFA differs from the typical “Open Sores” abomination, in that — rather than trusting the author blindly with their lives — prospective users are expected to read and fully understand every single line. In exactly the same […]

"Finite Field Arithmetic." Chapter 20B: Support for Selected Ancient Hash Algos in "Litmus."

This article is part of a series of hands-on tutorials introducing FFA, or the Finite Field Arithmetic library. FFA differs from the typical “Open Sores” abomination, in that — rather than trusting the author blindly with their lives — prospective users are expected to read and fully understand every single line. In exactly the same […]

"M" Performance... Pessimizations! or: SSE is a Scam.

This article is a continuation of the M series. The vpatch given below entirely re-implements the TLB (MMU) of M to use SIMD instructions from the AMD64 SSE2 set. Whereas previously TLB entries were kept in memory and searched iteratively, now we keep the Tags (3 byte each) sliced into three XMM registers, and search […]

"M" Performance Optimizations.

This article is a continuation of the M series. The vpatch given below speeds up the execution of M by approximately 30% (as measured by the Dhrystone benchmark.) It implements separate single-entry TLB caches for reads and writes; a set of fastpath exception handlers; and several other minor optimizations. You will need: A Keccak-based VTron […]

"M" Genesis.

Current Table of Contents: M is a MIPS-III system emulator, written purely in AMD64 assembly to make optimal use of commonplace iron. As discussed previously. M will run lightly-modified Linux kernels with strict logical isolation vs. the host (and vs. any other instances of itself.) That is, it in fact does exactly what e.g. QEMU […]

“Finite Field Arithmetic.” Chapter 18B: "Cutouts" in Peh.

This article is part of a series of hands-on tutorials introducing FFA, or the Finite Field Arithmetic library. FFA differs from the typical “Open Sores” abomination, in that — rather than trusting the author blindly with their lives — prospective users are expected to read and fully understand every single line. In exactly the same […]

“Finite Field Arithmetic.” Chapter 18A: Subroutines in Peh.

This article is part of a series of hands-on tutorials introducing FFA, or the Finite Field Arithmetic library. FFA differs from the typical “Open Sores” abomination, in that — rather than trusting the author blindly with their lives — prospective users are expected to read and fully understand every single line. In exactly the same […]

“Finite Field Arithmetic.” Chapter 17: Introduction to Peh.

This article is part of a series of hands-on tutorials introducing FFA, or the Finite Field Arithmetic library. FFA differs from the typical “Open Sores” abomination, in that — rather than trusting the author blindly with their lives — prospective users are expected to read and fully understand every single line. In exactly the same […]

X-Ray Large-Format Kindergarten.

Below is the output of a new test-fire of the PCB radiography system, this time using FujiFilm “Super HR-T Medium Speed” (25×20 cm) film in place of the earlier self-developing dental Eco-30. However, the time has not yet come to molest the MacIvory — first, we must characterize the film and the pertinent chemistry. This […]

X-Ray Microscopy of Symbolics "Ivory" CPUs.

I currently have three Symbolics MacIvory CPUs. (Do you, reader, have one to sell? Please leave a comment!) One is currently installed in a working machine and was not yet molested; the two remaining chips, I obtained in 2017 by bartering away a Symbolics 3620. At some point I will cut one or more of […]