[Mono-dev] BouncyCastle C# port under Mono
peter.dettman at iinet.net.au
Mon Aug 21 02:17:20 EDT 2006
I want to report on my recent experiences getting the C# port of
BouncyCastle Crypto API (http://www.bouncycastle.org/csharp/) running on
Mono. It will be a reasonably brief report as it turned out to be mostly
(BC is written entirely in C# for .NET 1.1 by the way).
Here's what I did:
- Installed Mono 188.8.131.52 and MonoDevelop 0.10 via the Ubuntu package
- Imported the existing VS2003 solution file in MonoDevelop, and built
everything, with no significant issues.
- The existing NAnt build file also seemed to work without modification
(although I am having a little trouble running the nunit tests via nant).
- Ran our regression tests revealing only one failure, which I tracked
down to a bug in the x86 runtime (Bug# 79087), fixed in svn.
...and that's all there was to it.
I certainly expected it to be more painful; that it wasn't is to the
credit of the Mono developers.
The regression tests take a few minutes to run, allowing a (very)
ballpark performance observation that Mono is about twice as slow as
MS.NET for running these tests. I guess anyone concerned with
performance of Mono might find some or all of these tests a useful
I would be interested in hearing from people who are able to test
BC/Mono on other architectures than x86. The crypto algorithms do a lot
of bit/byte twiddling, and could potentially shake out similar problems
in other runtimes to the bug above.
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