SHA-256 Has Been Broken:
Introducing The World's Most Powerful Bitcoin Miners
PHAEDRA A3497 and A3487 SHA-256 Compute Nodes
Treadwell Stanton DuPont is the first ever company to successfully discover an exploitable structural weakness in the hashing algorithm.
YES, THIS HAS SOME SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS
SHA-1 was broken by Google about two years ago, but no one has ever broken SHA-256. Least of all, with a chosen-prefix collision.
That is, until now.
Yes, all 64 rounds of preimage resistance broken. And while a quantum computer can only reduce the keyspace from 2n to 2(n/2), a successful brute force attack is still currently beyond feasible. That being said, our ground-breaking, cutting-edge compute node does no such thing: it exploits a recently discovered vulnerability, which is orders of magnitude faster than a brute force attack and is therefore of real world value. So yes, SHA-256 is now, for all intents and purposes, compromised.
How is this possible? And what does this mean?
While the exploit won’t be detailed here, it does take quite some computing power to achieve, overlapping into the quantum computing realm. So much, in fact, that combinatorial optimization is used, along with a fully connected/coupled 32,768-bit scale, 256-bit gradation solution space, which translates to a maximum of 1.158x1077 gradations of large-scale, precision parallel processing.
Remember: this is not brute force.
To put that into perspective, our high-end PHAEDRA A3497 SHA-256 Compute Node, which features 6 IBM Power9 CPUs, 4 Fujitsu DAU (Digital Annealer Unit) chips and our custom preimage attack algorithms can solve a Bitcoin block in about 6 days or less, with complete immunity to changes in difficulty level.
Due to security concerns and other technological and licensing restrictions, PHAEDRA can never and will never be put to work breaking SSL/TLS security, Bitcoin double-spending or cracking any financial sector security, whatsoever.
PHAEDRA A3497 and A3487 SHA-256 CRYPTANALYTIC ACCELERATOR COMPUTE NODES
Introducing the state-of-the-art TSD PHAEDRA A3497 (32,768-bit, 4 DAU, 6 CPU, 384-thread, 32TB memory) and TSD PHAEDRA A3487 (16,384-bit, 2 DAU, 4 CPU, 208-thread, 16TB memory) SHA-256 Cryptanalytic Accelerator Compute Nodes. As stated, they can each solve a Bitcoin block, standalone, in about 6 and 20 days (or less), respectively.
Our current laboratory prototype, with just 1 Fujitsu DAU chip, 2 IBM Power9 CPUs, 4TB memory and our ground-breaking non-reduced preimage attack algorithms has already (just recently) solved a Bitcoin block in 81 days flat. No ASIC miner comes close, now or in the foreseeable future.
It is not our intention to bring down Bitcoin, which is why only 25 PHAEDRA A3497 and 25 PHAEDRA A3487 Compute Nodes will ever be constructed. Even though preliminary design, manufacturing specification and initial construction work has already begun, it will likely be 12 months before the first compute nodes are delivered to clients, worldwide.
PHAEDRA contains no hashing ASIC chips whatsoever. Not a single one. Its spectacular performance cannot be directly measured in TH/s either, but should a comparison be warranted and justified, then (at the time of this writing) the PHAEDRA A3497’s raw performance would be equivalent to around 9.5 PH/s. The PHAEDRA A3487 would clock in at about 2.8 PH/s.
But make no mistake: both compute nodes are immune to changes in difficulty level, making ASIC miners instantly obsolete, thus providing an absolute, unfair advantage.
HOW TO PRE-ORDER
PHAEDRA A3497 will start shipping around mid-October 2020 at a rate of one per week. PHAEDRA A3487 will follow suit starting around mid-November 2020. Shipped on a first come, first served basis (S&H not included), if you have secured a place amongst any of the two lists (10 BTC and 6 BTC respectively), you can still climb to a higher rank by submitting or resubmitting an accumulative higher bid.
Only 25 pre-orders are available and authorized per compute node. Once taken, no new pre-orders will be accepted.
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PHAEDRA A3497 uses 2x IBM Power9 Sforza 3.2GHz 4-core, 4-thread CPUs for main OS and control program execution, 2x IBM Power9 Sforza 2.25GHz 22-core, 4-thread CPUs plus 2x (8,192-bit scale) DAU chips for the primary partition solution space and an additional 2x IBM Power9 Sforza 2.25GHz 22-core, 4 thread CPUs plus 2x (8,192-bit scale) DAU chips for the secondary partition solution space. The main OS and control program execution CPU group and both partition solution space compute groups are SMP-isolated and run their own Linux OS instance (3 instances in total).
Included are 32TB of DDR4 memory and 4 internal Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB U.2 SSDs within a RAID 10 array configuration.
PHAEDRA A3487 uses 2x IBM Power9 Sforza 3.2GHz 4-core, 4-thread CPUs for main OS and control program execution, 1x IBM Power9 Sforza 2.75GHz 22-core, 4-thread CPU plus 1x (8,192-bit scale) DAU chip for the primary partition solution space and an additional 1x IBM Power9 Sforza 2.75GHz 22-core, 4 thread CPU plus 1x (8,192-bit scale) DAU chip for the secondary partition solution space. The main OS and control program execution CPU group and both partition solution space compute groups are SMP-isolated and run their own Linux OS instance (3 instances in total).
Included are 16TB of DDR4 memory and 4 internal Intel Optane DC P4800X 750GB U.2 SSDs within a RAID 10 array configuration.
For both PHAEDRA SHA-256 compute nodes, there are no internal PCI-e slots; the back expansion slots only accommodate optional VGA, DB-9 serial (RS-232), DB-25 parallel (LPT) and dual USB 2.0 port header brackets.
Up to 4 PHAEDRA compute nodes can be daisy-chained (mixed and matched) using 10GBASE-SR SFP+ transceivers plugged into the back uplink/downlink SFP+ modules to compound and increase total performance. Close proximity direct attach cables (DAC) can also be used.
Included is a front panel 5” LCD dot matrix display console for complete standalone operation. Besides the included Windows / Linux / OSX propietary monitoring and configuration TSD PHAEDRA software, industry standard mining and monitoring software, such as MultiMiner, is supported via GbE networking.
Platform integrity (hardware and software) is secured using TPM 2.0
The PHAEDRA SHA-256 compute nodes require a controlled temperature operating environment, ranging from 61°F /16°C to a maximum of 66°F/19°C.
Worldwide operation (100-127/200-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 1.2kVA) is possible due to ultra-high energy efficiency MIL-SPEC redundant quad power supplies.