Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2006/371

Hardware Implementation of the $\eta_T$ Pairing in Characteristic 3

Robert Ronan and Colm o hEigeartaigh and Colin Murphy and Tim Kerins and Paulo S. L. M. Barreto

Abstract: Recently, there have been many proposals for secure and novel cryptographic protocols that are built on bilinear pairings. The $\eta_T$ pairing is one such pairing and is closely related to the Tate pairing. In this paper we consider the efficient hardware implementation of this pairing in characteristic 3. All characteristic 3 operations required to compute the pairing are outlined in detail. An efficient, flexible and reconfigurable processor for the $\eta_T$ pairing in characteristic 3 is presented and discussed. The processor can easily be tailored for a low area implementation, for a high throughput implementation, or for a balance between the two. Results are provided for various configurations of the processor when implemented over the field $\mathbb{F}_{3^{97}}$ on an FPGA. As far as we are aware, the processor returns the first characteristic 3 $\eta_T$ pairing in hardware that includes a final exponentiation to a unique value.

Category / Keywords: implementation / $\eta_T$ pairing, characteristic 3, elliptic curve, reconfigurable processor, FPGA

Date: received 27 Oct 2006

Contact author: robertcronan at gmail com

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