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Issue No.11 - November (2010 vol.59)

pp: 1533-1546

Abdulhadi Shoufan , Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt CASED, Germany

Thorsten Wink , Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany

H. Gregor Molter , Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany

Sorin A. Huss , Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany

Eike Kohnert , Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Germany

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TC.2010.115

ABSTRACT

The McEliece public-key cryptosystem relies on the NP-hard decoding problem, and therefore, is regarded as a solution for postquantum cryptography. Though early known, this cryptosystem was not employed so far because of efficiency questions regarding performance and communication overhead. This paper presents a novel processor architecture as a high-performance platform to execute key generation, encryption, and decryption according to this cryptosystem. A prototype of this processor is realized on a reconfigurable device and tested via a dedicated software interface. A comparison with a similar software solution highlights the performance advantage of the proposed hardware solution.

INDEX TERMS

Cryptography hardware and implementation, cryptoprocessor, McEliece cryptosystem, Goppa code, FPGA.

CITATION

Abdulhadi Shoufan, Thorsten Wink, H. Gregor Molter, Sorin A. Huss, Eike Kohnert, "A Novel Cryptoprocessor Architecture for the McEliece Public-Key Cryptosystem",

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