Malaysian Journal of Computer Science (ISSN 0127-9084)
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Title:Optimal Datapath Design for a Cryptographic Processor: The Blowfish Algorithm
Auhtor(s): Noohul Basheer Zain Ali ,James M Noras ,
Journal:Malaysian Journal of Computer Science (ISSN 0127-9084)
Volume:14, No 1
Keywords:Digital design, Cryptography, Data encryption, Pipelining, Programmable logic, Feistel network, Adders
Abstract:BLOWFISH is a fast cryptographic software algorithm, using the operations of addition, XOR and look-up tables. This paper reports on the design of a hardware implementation for greater speed, with pipelining and different bit-widths of registers and processing units. An 8-bit parallel data-path gives the best performance, mapping into 4 independent 8-bit modules, with a throughput at least 4 times greater than with 32-bit hardware. The design is suitable for implementation using small amounts of RAM and programmable logic.

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