What about evolving the hardware to do the hashing rather than writing it as straight VHDL?
I had a good idea about using hadoop clusters to run the fitness tests for the evolutionary algorithm testing.
Could you expand more on this idea? Not all applications are suited for evolutionary approaches, and my guess is that hashing algorithms are definitely not
one of them.
That kind of application is well suited to evolutionary approaches.
I always had a thought that evolving the circuits would be a way to find really fast ways of "cracking" various hashing algorithms, as well as making really tiny encoders and decoders for various projects.
There's not supposed to be any smooth gradients in a cryptographically secure hash, so I don't see how any evolution-based approach could work for cracking them. What exactly do you have in mind?