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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2024-02
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Elliptic curve encryption speed-up using SIMD

Low-level instructin optimisation for curve25519-dalek & Arkworks

This project aims to enhance the speed and security of elliptic curve cryptography using the Rust programming language, with a particular focus on mobile and IoT devices. Leveraging SIMD instructions, specifically ARM NEON, we can speed up elliptic curve cryptography in existing libraries such as curve25519-dalek with the goal to optimise encryption processes in software such as Signal. Additionally, we implement double-odd curves in Arkworks to bolster zero-knowledge protocols, and aim to abstract our optimisations to work on any CPU architecture and elliptic curve. By implementing improvements in these libraries, this project seeks to address the growing demand for efficient and secure cryptographic solutions, especially in mobile and IoT environments.

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Run by Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.