[Cdash] ITK appears in GDCM cdash

Julien Jomier julien.jomier at kitware.com
Thu Sep 3 12:43:11 UTC 2009

Eric Noulard wrote:
> 2009/9/3 Julien Jomier <julien.jomier at kitware.com>:
>> Amitha Perera wrote:
>>> Do you need a small integer?  You should really use a well known
>>> hashing algorithm, like SHA. I think even the 160-bit SHA-1 should be
>>> good enough for CDash.
>> The main issue is speed. For every test submitted we check if the computed
>> crc32 is already in the database, if not we insert the new test. Comparing
>> string is usually very slow for SQL queries, that's why crc32 was a good
>> fit. Can SHA-1 (or other algorithms) return an integer?
> In fact they always do, but command line tools usually display
> those binaries "number" as hexadecimal string.
> Message digest algorithm produce a binary value of various length
> (see the SHA family) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA)
> As already told SHA-1 is 160 bits long but you have SHA-256 (256 bits)
> or SHA-512 (512 bits), MD5 is 128bits long etc...
> Thus you may store the result of the hash called
> the Message Digest in an integer of the appropriate size.
> For MD5 (128bits) you may store the result in four SQL "INT"
> which are 4 bytes (=32bits) long or two MySQL "BIGINT" which are 8 bytes long.
> Then instead of doing a single INT comparison you need to
> do as many INT comparison as you have to considering the length
> or the "Message Digest".

Sorry that's what I meant: could we find a hashing algorithm which 
return value fits in one integer?. Also, what are the complexity of the 
different hashing algorithms? in another word, which one will be fast 
enough with the minimal chance of collisions?

Thanks a lot for the information!


More information about the CDash mailing list