Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/173


Wai-Kong Lee and Hwajeong Seo and Zhenfei Zhang and Seongoun Hwang

Abstract: Tensor core is a specially designed hardware included in new NVIDIA GPU chips, aimed at accelerating deep learning applications. With the introduction of tensor core, the matrix multiplication at low precision can be computed much faster than using conventional integer and floating point units in NVIDIA GPU. In the past, applications of tensor core were mainly restricted to machine learning and mixed precision scientific computing. In this paper, we show that for the first time, tensor core can be used to accelerate state-of-the-art lattice-based cryptosystems. In particular, we employed tensor core to accelerate NTRU, one of the finalists in NIST post-quantum standardization. Towards our aim, several parallel algorithms are proposed to allow the tensor core to handle flexible matrix sizes and ephemeral key pair. Experimental results show that the polynomial convolution using tensor core is 2.79 (ntruhps2048509) and 2.72 (ntruhps2048677) faster than the version implemented with conventional integer units of NVIDIA GPU. The proposed tensor core based polynomial convolution technique was applied to NTRU public key scheme (TensorTRU). It achieved 1.94/1.95 (encryption) and 1.97/2.02 (decryption) better performance for the two parameter sets, compared to the conventional integer based implementations in GPU. TensorTRU is also more than 20 faster than the reference implementation in CPU and 2 faster than the AVX2 implementation, for both encryption and decryption. To demonstrate the flexibility of the proposed technique, we have extended the implementation to other lattice-based cryptosystems that have a small modulus (LAC and two variant parameter sets in FrodoKEM). Experimental results show that the tensor core based polynomial convolution is flexible and useful in accelerating lattice-based cryptosystems that cannot utilize number theoretic transform in performing polynomial multiplication.

Category / Keywords: implementation / Tensor Core Graphics Processing Unit Post-quantum Cryptography

Date: received 17 Feb 2021

Contact author: waikong lee at gmail com

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