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Accelerating the AES encryption function in OpenSSL for embedded systems

Mohd. Hani, Mohamed Khalil and P. Nambiar, Vishnu and M. Zabidi, Muhammad (2009) Accelerating the AES encryption function in OpenSSL for embedded systems. rnational Journal of Information and Communication Technology, 2 (1-2). pp. 83-93. ISSN 14666642

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJICT.2009.026432


The internet is an insecure medium and hence, there is an increasing demand for measures to guarantee data privacy and integrity in the associated computer systems and networks. However, data protection and network security comes at a very high cost in the supporting embedded systems. While there are freely available solutions such as the OpenSSL library, the performance of most embedded processors, on their own, are just not adequate enough to perform cryptography for real-time network security applications. In this paper, we focus on the implementation of a cryptographic (crypto) embedded system, deploying an Altera Nios II embedded processor working with an AES encryption hardware accelerator. The RTOS applied is uClinux, on which the OpenSSL library has been ported and cross-compiled. Experimental results show that hardware acceleration can improve, significantly, the performance of OpenSSL crypto functions and hence, of the SSL connection as well.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:AES, embedded system, hardware acceleration, network security, Nios2-Linux, OpenSSL, SoC, system-on-chip, uClinux
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Electrical Engineering
ID Code:12921
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:07 Jul 2011 04:32
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 04:45

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