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A Novel Processor Architecture for McEliece Cryptosystem and FPGA Platforms

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5 Author(s)
Shoufan, A. ; Center for Adv. Security Res. Darmstadt (CASED), Darmstadt, Germany ; Wink, T. ; Molter, G. ; Huss, S.
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McEliece scheme represents a code-based public-key cryptosystem. So far, this cryptosystem was not employed 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 Virtex-5 FPGA and tested via a software API. A comparison with a similar software solution highlights the performance advantage of the proposed hardware solution.

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Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors, 2009. ASAP 2009. 20th IEEE International Conference on

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7-9 July 2009

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