Is it possible to define a smart contract at a predictable address?
0xf0 CREATE in the Yellow Paper suggests that the address is deterministically determined by
x = A(Ia, σ[Ia]n)
page 29 of http://gavwood.com/paper.pdf
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Slightly off topic... (But related to Roland's comment on a previous answer.)
This could be looked at in a similar way to creating addresses for Tor's Hidden Services.
A hidden service (or
.onion) address is derived from the public part of the private/public key pair used to communicate with the service. Generally, therefore,
.onion URLs are a random string of alphanumeric characters.
To create a custom
.onion address - such as Facebook's https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ - you basically have to brute force the creation using tools such as Eschalot or Scallion. These tools create private/public key pairs and hash the resulting public key until they find a hash matching the string of your choice. The longer your desired string, the more work that's required.
An interesting project might be to make a similar tool for Ethereum contract addresses...