Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Algorithms in Elliptic Curve Cryptography
by Hutchinson, Aaron, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2018, 148; 10980188
Abstract (Summary)

Elliptic curves have played a large role in modern cryptography. Most notably, the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) and the Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key exchange algorithm are widely used in practice today for their efficiency and small key sizes. More recently, the Supersingular Isogeny-based Diffie-Hellman (SIDH) algorithm provides a method of exchanging keys which is conjectured to be secure in the post-quantum setting. For ECDSA and ECDH, efficient and secure algorithms for scalar multiplication of points are necessary for modern use of these protocols. Likewise, in SIDH it is necessary to be able to compute an isogeny from a given finite subgroup of an elliptic curve in a fast and secure fashion.

We therefore find strong motivation to study and improve the algorithms used in elliptic curve cryptography, and to develop new algorithms to be deployed within these protocols. In this thesis we design and develop d-MUL, a multidimensional scalar multiplication algorithm which is uniform in its operations and generalizes the well known 1-dimensional Montgomery ladder addition chain and the 2-dimensional addition chain due to Dan J. Bernstein. We analyze the construction and derive many optimizations, implement the algorithm in software, and prove many theoretical and practical results. In the final chapter of the thesis we analyze the operations carried out in the construction of an isogeny from a given subgroup, as performed in SIDH. We detail how to efficiently make use of parallel processing when constructing this isogeny.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Karabina, Koray
Commitee: Klingler, Lee, Magliveras, Spyros, Steinwandt, Rainer
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Mathematics
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 80/07/(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics
Keywords: Addition chains, Elliptic curve, Isogeny, SIDH, Scalar multiplication algorithm, d-MUL
Publication Number: 10980188
ISBN: 978-0-438-86817-5
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