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Re: [RFD] optimized versions of openssl

On Wed, Sep 04, 2002 at 08:26:19AM -0500, Vince Mulhollon wrote:
> I think I can safely speak for everyone on debian-devel as per this:
> 1) The difference in overall speed is small, and rarely publically
> reported.
> The 1% gain is individually considered either vital must-have, or
> worthless.

You're wholly incorrect here. Note the subject: openssl. Openssl has
processor-specific assembly routines that are built at compile time.
Using those routines rather than the least common denominator makes a
*huge* difference in performance. (On sparc, for example, it can make
the difference between an almost instantaneous ssh login and one that
takes several seconds.) 

Back to the subject at hand, it would be nice at the least if there were
an easy way to manually build processor-optimized ssl packages. (The
current procedure to do that is anything but obvious or simple.)

Mike Stone

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