Distributed GPU Password Cracking Research Project

Aleksandar Kasabov, Jochem van Kerkwijk
System and Network Engineering research group, Informatics Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam, 2011


   title={Distributed GPU Password Cracking Research Project},

   author={Kasabov, A. and van Kerkwijk, J. and Smeets, M. and van Veen, M.},



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This research project explores the possiblities of intergrating GPU processing power with a network cluster in order to achieve better performance with respect to password cracking. First a literature study is performed on the field of passwords in general, GPGPU computing and distributed computing through means of middleware. With these building blocks, combined with current single machine GPU password crackers, a comparison is made in order to answer the question on how GPU enabled distributed password cracking can be performed.
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