[Resource Topic] 2017/814: Fast FPGA Implementations of Diffie-Hellman on the Kummer Surface of a Genus-2 Curve

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Fast FPGA Implementations of Diffie-Hellman on the Kummer Surface of a Genus-2 Curve

Authors: Philipp Koppermann, Fabrizio De Santis, Johann Heyszl, Georg Sigl


We present the first hardware implementations of Diffie-Hellman key exchange based on the Kummer surface of Gaudry and Schost’s genus-2 curve targeting a 128-bit security level. We describe a single-core architecture for low-latency applications and a multi-core architecture for high-throughput applications. Synthesized on a Xilinx Zynq-7020 FPGA, our architectures perform a key exchange with lower latency and higher throughput than any other reported implementation using prime-field elliptic curves at the same security level. Our single-core architecture performs a scalar multiplication with a latency of 82 microseconds while our multi-core architecture achieves a throughput of 91,226 scalar multiplications per second. When compared to similar implementations of Microsoft’s FourQ on the same FPGA, this translates to an improvement of 48% in latency and 40% in throughput for the single-core and multi-core architecture, respectively. Both our designs exhibit constant-time execution to thwart timing attacks, use the Montgomery ladder for improved resistance against SPA, and support a countermeasure against fault attacks.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2017/814

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