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CONSTRUCTING CLUSTER OF SIMPLE FPGA BOARDS FOR CRYPTOLOGIC COMPUTATIONS

Yarkın Doröz

Computer Science and Engineering, Master Thesis, 2011 

Thesis Jury

Assoc. Prof. Erkay Savaş (Thesis Supervisor), Assoc. Prof. Albert Levi, 

Assoc. Prof. Yücel Saygın, Asst. Prof. Cemal Yılmaz, 

Assoc. Prof. İbrahim Tekin

Date &Time: December 19th, 2011 - 13:00

Place: FENS 1040

Keywords: reconfigurable computing for cryptography, cryptanalytic attacks, cryptographic acceleration,

 hardware implementations of cryptographic algorithms

Abstract

In this thesis, we propose an FPGA cluster infrastructure which can be utilized in implementing cryptanalytic attacks and accelerating cryptographic operations. The cluster can be formed using simple and inexpensive, off-the-shelf FPGA boards featuring an FPGA device, local storage, CPLD, and network connection. Forming the cluster is simple and no effort for the hardware development is needed except for the hardware design for the actual computation. Using a softcore processor on FPGA, we are able to configure FPGA devices dynamically and change their configuration on the fly from a remote computer. The softcore on FPGA can execute relatively complicated programs for mundane tasks unworthy of FPGA resources. Finally, we propose and implement a fast and efficient dynamic configuration switch technique that is shown to be useful especially in cryptanalytic applications. Our infrastructure provides a cost-effective alternative for formerly proposed cryptanalytic engines based on FPGA devices.