International Association for Cryptologic Research

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for Cryptologic Research

IACR News item: 19 November 2020

Mustafa Khairallah, Thomas Peyrin, Anupam Chattopadhyay
ePrint Report ePrint Report
In this report, we analyze the hardware implementations of 10 candidates for Round 2 of the NIST lightweight cryptography standardization process. These candidates are Ascon, DryGASCON, Elephant, Gimli, PHOTON-Beetle, Pyjamask, Romulus, Subterranean, TinyJAMBU and Xoodyak. Specifically, we study the implementations of these algorithms when synthesized using the TSMC 65nm and FDSOI 28nm technologies and Synopsys Design Compiler, targeting various performance trade-offs and different use-cases. We show how different candidates stack-up against such trade-offs. We base our benchmarking parameters and metrics on real-world use-cases, such as high-speed applications, lightweight communication protocols and internet payloads.

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