Paper 2020/040

A Compact and Scalable Hardware/Software Co-design of SIKE

Pedro Maat C. Massolino, Patrick Longa, Joost Renes, and Lejla Batina


We present efficient and compact hardware/software co-design implementations of the Supersingular Isogeny Key Encapsulation (SIKE) protocol on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). In order to be better equipped for different post-quantum scenarios, our architectures were designed to feature high-flexibility by covering all the currently available parameter sets and with support for primes up to 1008 bits. In particular, any of the current SIKE parameters equivalent to the post-quantum security of AES-128/192/256 and SHA3-256 can be selected and run on-the-fly. This security scalability property, together with the small footprint and efficiency of our architectures, makes them ideal for embedded applications in a post-quantum world. In addition, the proposed implementations exhibit regular, constant-time execution, which provides protection against timing and simple side-channel attacks. Our results demonstrate that supersingular isogeny-based primitives such as SIDH and SIKE can indeed be deployed for embedded applications featuring competitive performance. For example, our smallest architecture based on a 128-bit MAC unit takes only 3855 slices, 21 BRAMs and 57 DSPs on a Virtex 7 690T and can perform key generation, encapsulation and decapsulation in 14.2, 24.1 and 25.7 milliseconds for SIKEp434 and in 51.7, 85.4 and 92.1 milliseconds for SIKEp751, respectively.

Note: Fixed p503 results and added proof-of-concept elliptic curve scalar multiplication results.

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A minor revision of an IACR publication in Tches 2020
Post-quantum cryptographysupersingular isogeniesSIDHSIKEhardwaresoftware co-designFPGAconstant-timeembedded applications
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pmaat @ protonmail com
plonga @ microsoft com
j r renes91 @ gmail com
lejla @ cs ru nl
2020-06-25: revised
2020-01-15: received
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      author = {Pedro Maat C.  Massolino and Patrick Longa and Joost Renes and Lejla Batina},
      title = {A Compact and Scalable Hardware/Software Co-design of SIKE},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2020/040},
      year = {2020},
      doi = {10.13154/tches.v2020.i2.245-271},
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