This product will first base on Linux and some of the checksum utilities are already provided by Ubuntu 9.10. They are md5sum, sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.
In case one day I will port this product to Windows, I also checked MessageDigest of Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) in Java SE6. It supports MD2, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512.
Doing checksum is both CPU and IO intensive. I did a simple performance test today on how much CPU time is needed to compute different checksums (commonly supported by Linux and MessageDigest) of a 723,488,768-byte file.
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Now I have a clear idea of work load of these algorithms. I will do a Java implementation test later to see if I can get similar results.