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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:00:08 -0300
From: Yuri Gonzaga <>
Subject: Answering and asking some of the first questions

Hi, Alexander and David

Now, using the mailing list.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to any Xilinx boards. Only Altera's.
I agree with David that it is quite possible to move from one vendor to
However, I think it is better to start with Altera's and focus in the
problem itself since I am already used to work with them.
Then, later, we can adapt to Xilinx and take advantage of your APIs.
On the other hand, if I am not asking too much, you could send me a Pico
board in such a way I will learning how to use it.
It is not a problem at all to "get my hands dirty", as you said. Actually, I
have always looked for a chance to know Xilinx.

About my availability, unlike the U.S., the Brazilian calendar sets the
holiday period between July and August. So, now, I will have to combine the
GSoC's activities and my Master's studies. Anyway, I plan to reserve 15-20
hours per week to GSoC. On my vacation, I can work harder.
How much time do you think I should spend in the project?

By now, could you please send some links or reference materials about the
I know I can use Google to search for it. But, you should know the best
texts to recommend me.

At first sight, I see a server receiving so much requests of user's
In this context, the external hardware in the FPGA will accelerate the
hashing of each password freeing the server from these calculations.
Is this idea correct?
So, How much fast should be the FPGA to make sense?

Next week I will have to apply to the GSoC.
Do you have any recommendations?

Best Regards,

Yuri Gonzaga Gonçalves da Costa
Master's Candidate in Informatics
Digital System Laboratory
Federal University of Paraíba - Brazil

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