Very simple SHA1 test program written in C

Here is a simple test program to call SHA1 hashing routine from OpenSSL.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <openssl/sha.h>

int main (int argc, char *argv[]) {
        unsigned long i, n;
        unsigned char md[1024];

        if (argc <= 1) return 0;

        n = strlen(argv[1]);
        SHA1((unsigned char*)argv[1],n,md);

        for (i=0; i<SHA_DIGEST_LENGTH; ++i)

        return 0;

Compile with

cc -Wall sha1tst.c -o sha1tst -lcrypto

It is important to give the -l flag after -o.

Some tests:

$ ./sha1tst ABCabc
$ printf "ABCabc" | sha1sum
135488ccc0c5e5a3d0ac437aac1821bba9347b3d  -

In Ubuntu the openssl development libraries are in libssl-dev.


CPU Usage Time Is Dependant on Load

I wanted to write a short benchmark for my son to demonstrate that the AMD Bulldozer 8 core CPU is better than a 6 core CPU from AMD when computing with integers. So I wrote a short C program to compute a recurrence relation using integers only, see C code below. When I ran this program on one core, then two cores, then three cores, and so on, I was a little bit surprised to see that the CPU usage time grew. Indeed, it grew quite significantly: from 20 to 60% up! Once all cores of the CPU are used then the CPU usage does no longer increase. In this case it does seem to have reached its equilibrium.

The AMD CPU is a FX 8120, 3.1GHz. For comparison I used an Intel i7-2640, 2.8GHz, 4 core CPU.

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