Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2016/626


Ekawat Homsirikamol and William Diehl and Ahmed Ferozpuri and Farnoud Farahmand and Panasayya Yalla and Jens-Peter Kaps and Kris Gaj

Abstract: In this paper, we define the CAESAR hardware Application Programming Interface (API) for authenticated ciphers. In particular, our API is intended to meet the requirements of all algorithms submitted to the CAESAR competition. The major parts of our specification include: minimum compliance criteria, interface, communication protocol, and timing characteristics supported by the core. All of them have been defined with the goals of guaranteeing (a) compatibility among implementations of the same algorithm by different designers, and (b) fair benchmarking of authenticated ciphers in hardware.

Category / Keywords: implementation / implementation, secret-key cryptography, authenticated cipher, benchmarking, API

Date: received 14 Jun 2016

Contact author: kgaj at gmu edu

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