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Paper: A Hardware Wrapper for the SHA-3 Hash Algorithms

Brian Baldwin
Andrew Byrne
Liang Lu
Mark Hamilton
Neil Hanley
Maire O'Neill
William P. Marnane
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Abstract: The second round of the NIST public competition is underway to find a new hash algorithm(s) for inclusion in the NIST Secure Hash Standard (SHA-3). Computational efficiency of the algorithms in hardware is to be addressed during the second round of the contest. For software implementations NIST specifies an application programming interface (API) along with reference implementation for each of the designs, thereby enabling quick and easy comparison and testing on software platforms, however no such specification was given for hardware analysis. In this paper we present a hardware wrapper interface which attempts to encompass all the competition entries (and indeed, hash algorithms in general) across any number of both FPGA and ASIC hardware platforms. This interface comprises communications and padding, and attempts to standardise the hashing algorithms to allow accurate and fair area, timing and power measurement between the different designs.
  title={A Hardware Wrapper for the SHA-3 Hash Algorithms},
  booktitle={IACR Eprint archive},
  keywords={implementation / Hash, SHA-3, Hardware, Interface, FPGA, ASIC},
  note={ 14673 received 5 Mar 2010, last revised 5 Mar 2010},
  author={Brian Baldwin and Andrew Byrne and Liang Lu and Mark Hamilton and Neil Hanley and Maire O'Neill and William P. Marnane},