[Resource Topic] 2014/266: ICEPOLE: High-speed, Hardware-oriented Authenticated Encryption

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ICEPOLE: High-speed, Hardware-oriented Authenticated Encryption

Authors: Pawel Morawiecki, Kris Gaj, Ekawat Homsirikamol, Krystian Matusiewicz, Josef Pieprzyk, Marcin Rogawski, Marian Srebrny, Marcin Wojcik


This paper introduces our dedicated authenticated encryption scheme ICEPOLE. ICEPOLE is a high-speed hardware-oriented scheme, suitable for high-throughput network nodes or generally any environment where specialized hardware (such as FPGAs or ASICs) can be used to provide high data processing rates. ICEPOLE-128 (the primary ICEPOLE variant) is very fast. On the modern FPGA device Virtex 6, a basic iterative architecture of ICEPOLE reaches 41 Gbits/s, which is over 10 times faster than the equivalent implementation of AES-128-GCM. The throughput-to-area ratio is also substantially better when compared to AES-128-GCM. We have carefully examined the security of the algorithm through a range of cryptanalytic techniques and our findings indicate that ICEPOLE offers high security level.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2014/266

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