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Low-power cryptographic coprocessor for autonomous wireless sensor networks
Author(s): Jakub Olszyna; Wiesław Winiecki
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Paper Abstract

The concept of autonomous wireless sensor networks involves energy harvesting, as well as effective management of system resources. Public-key cryptography (PKC) offers the advantage of elegant key agreement schemes with which a secret key can be securely established over unsecure channels. In addition to solving the key management problem, the other major application of PKC is digital signatures, with which non-repudiation of messages exchanges can be achieved. The motivation for studying low-power and area efficient modular arithmetic algorithms comes from enabling public-key security for low-power devices that can perform under constrained environment like autonomous wireless sensor networks. This paper presents a cryptographic coprocessor tailored to the autonomous wireless sensor networks constraints. Such hardware circuit is aimed to support the implementation of different public-key cryptosystems based on modular arithmetic in GF(p) and GF(2m). Key components of the coprocessor are described as GEZEL models and can be easily transformed to VHDL and implemented in hardware.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8903, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2013, 890327 (25 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2035441
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Jakub Olszyna, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Wiesław Winiecki, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8903:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2013
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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