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[email protected] has recently been added to the Gridcoin whitelist and having raised the suggestion to add it I thought it would be a good idea to explain what it is working on. But first some background on the Enigma Machine for which I am going to refer to some experts on youtube:


Video Courtesy of Mediadromeuk


Video courtesy of World Science Festival

So what is [email protected] working on?

In the words of the project homepage

[email protected] is a wrapper between BOINC and Stefan Krah's M4 Project. 'The M4 Project is an effort to break 3 original Enigma messages with the help of distributed computing. The signals were intercepted in the North Atlantic in 1942 and are believed to be unbroken.' "
http://www.enigmaathome.net/

Seems simple enough! But wait, the eagle eyed among you may have spotted that the three messages mentioned in that description have now already been broken.

Wait, What, They’ve already be cracked?

The first message was broken on February 20th, 2006 by [email protected]

Ciphertext
nczwvusxpnyminhzxmqxsfwxwlkjahshnmcoccakuqpmkcsmhkseinjusblkiosxckubhmllx
csjusrrdvkohulxwccbgvliyxeoahxrhkkfvdrewezlxobafgyujqukgrtvukameurbveksuh
hvoyhabcjwmaklfklmyfvnrizrvvrtkofdanjmolbgffleoprgtflvrhowopbekvwmuqfmpwp
armfhagkxiibg

Plaintext
Date: 2006-02-20 11:02:26
Score: 6259047
UKW: B
W/0: B241
Stecker: ATBLDFGJHMNWOPQYRZVX
Rings: AAAV
Message key: VJNA

vonvonjlooksjhffttteinseinsdreizwoyyqnnsneuninhaltxxbeiangriffunterwasser
gedruecktywabosxletztergegnerstandnulachtdreinuluhrmarquantonjotaneunacht
seyhsdreiyzwozwonulgradyachtsmystossenachxeknsviermbfaelltynnnnnnoooviery
sichteinsnull

Interpretation:
Von Looks
Funktelegramm 1132/19 Inhalt:
Bei Angriff unter Wasser gedrueckt, Wasserbomben. Letzter Gegnerstandort
08:30 Uhr, Marqu AJ 9863, 220 Grad, 8 Seemeilen, stosse nach. 14 Millibar
faellt, NNO 4, Sicht 10.

Translation
From Looks:
Radio signal 1132/19 contents:
Forced to submerge during attack, depth charges. Last enemy location
08:30h, Marqu AJ 9863, 220 degrees, 8 nautical miles, (I am) following
(the enemy). (Barometer) 1014 Millibar (tendency) falling, NNO 4, visibility 10.

The Second Message was broken on March 7th, 2006 by [email protected]

Ciphertext (stripped of indicator groups):
tmkfnwzxffiiyxutihwmdhxifzeqvkdvmqswbqndyozftiwmjhxhyrpaczugrremvpanwxgtkthn
rlvhkzpgmnmvsecvckhoinplhhpvpxkmbhokccpdpevxvvhozzqbiyieouseznhjkwhydagtxdjd
jkjpkcsdsuztqcxjdvlpamgqkkshphvksvpcbuwzfizpfuup

Plaintext
Date: 2006-03-07 10:03:23
Score: 5211199
UKW: B
W/0: B241
Stecker: ATCLDHEPFGIOJNKQMURX
Rings: AANV
Message key: MCSF

vvvjschreederjaufgeleitkursfuenffuenfgradnichtsgefundenymarscaierebefohlenes
quadratxstanrortmarquantonjotadreineunneunfuenfxsssooovieryseedremyeinsnulyy
einsnulbedecktyzwoachtmbsteigtynbbelsichteinssmt

Interpretation
Schroeder
Ausgang FT. 0246/21/203:
Auf Geleitkurs 55 nichts gefunden, marschie-
re befohlenes Qu. Standort Marqu. AJ 3995.
SO 4, See 3, 10/10 bedeckt, 28 mb steigend,
Nebel, Sicht 1 sm.

Translation
Schroeder
Outgoing Radio Signal 0246/21/203:
Found nothing on convoy's course 55, [I am] moving to
the ordered [naval] square. Position naval square AJ 3995.
[wind] south-east [force] 4, sea [state] 3, 10/10 cloudy, [barometer] [10]28 mb [tendency] rising,
fog, visibility 1 nautical mile.

The third remaining message has been broken by Dan Girard. See: http://www.enigma.hoerenberg.com.

So, again, what is [email protected] working on now?

Well, now you know the background then you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that there is another unbroken message that needs breaking. The message in question is:

https://enigma.hoerenberg.com/index.php?cat=Unbroken

Unfortunately for this message the enigma “key” is not known although there are some clues as can be seen in the image and as are described in the above link. For this reason we need to try three different enigma “keys”.

This means that we could be working on this one for a while.


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  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Arghh!! I can't seem to get images to align properly. The top two images were side by side and centered in the preview.

If anybody has any advice on aligning them properly it would be appreciated.

Edit: I've moved one of the images to the bottom for now

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  ·  2 years ago (edited)

This code will align your image at the center:

<center>https://steemitimages.com/DQmQNv1NiZNWSqG4NiRHFV18Y5s8ETiR7cadHPKdG2cZnAJ/visual.png/</center>

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Thanks, that worked great.

I'll get the hang of Markdown eventually.

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You can make the images side by side using columns:

<div class=pull-left>
FIRST IMAGE
</div>
<div class=pull-right>
SECOND IMAGE
</div>

The server status looks ok but I'm not getting any tasks for [email protected] Anyone else experiencing this?

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I have had my entire GPU cluster pointed at Enigma for a few days to stress test it. The primary job queues seem to still have only intermittent work, but there is a steady flow of work from the test server (which is opt-in). About 30% of these jobs are still failing somewhere before completion.

Based on this, and the update from the project manager, I would expect there to be more proper work in the near future.

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Ok, thx, we'll wait for the near future then ;-)