Paper 2010/004

Halving on Binary Edwards Curves

Qiping Lin and Fangguo Zhang


Edwards curves have attracted great interest for their efficient addition and doubling formulas. Furthermore, the addition formulas are strongly unified or even complete, i.e., work without change for all inputs. In this paper, we propose the first halving algorithm on binary Edwards curves, which can be used for scalar multiplication. We present a point halving algorithm on binary Edwards curves in case of $d_1\neq d_2$. The halving algorithm costs about $3I+5M+4S$, which is slower than the doubling one. We also give a theorem to prove that the binary Edwards curves have no minimal two-torsion in case of $d_1= d_2$, and we briefly explain how to achieve the point halving algorithm using an improved algorithm in this case. Finally, we apply our halving algorithm in scalar multiplication with $\omega$-coordinate using Montgomery ladder.

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elliptic curve cryptosystem
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2010-05-06: revised
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      author = {Qiping Lin and Fangguo Zhang},
      title = {Halving on Binary Edwards Curves},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2010/004},
      year = {2010},
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