Workshop on Hardware Benchmarking
7 June 2017
Bochum, Germany
Workshop on Hardware Benchmarking 2017
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Workshop on Hardware Benchmarking 2017

General Information

In recent years, there has been a shift from the traditional information and communication technologies (ICT) environment towards the Internet of Things (IoT), resulting in a close coupling of many nodes with the underlying hardware. Moreover, the threat of quantum computers, which could break all established public-key cryptosystems such as RSA, discrete log and ECC, forces cryptographers to design efficient alternatives. Through several alternative ("post-quantum") public-key schemes exist, the understanding of their hardware performance is still limited.

Those developments make the issue of hardware performance and security an urgent matter. In this workshop, we will investigate to what extent it is possible to define meaningful benchmarks for hardware. In particular, we will explore how to develop a benchmarking framework that allows us to structure and implement benchmarks for efficient implementations, while taking various parameters such as area, power, energy, throughput or latency into account. We will not only cover ASICs, FPGAs but also include approaches based on hardware-software co-design.

We draw on benchmark expertise from related areas in the software domain, e.g., benchmarking of crypto algorithms as developed in the eBACS benchmarking framework. We further intend to develop a realistic comparison of a wide range of post-quantum proposals for several hardware platforms. This comparison should pay attation to requirements in terms of hardware instructions, computations, storage, randomness, and communication.

This workshop is organized by Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security (HGI) at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany.

Important Dates

Workshop date: 7 June 2017

Organizing Committee

Tim Güneysu (University of Bremen)
Christof Paar (Ruhr University Bochum)



This Workshop is part of the ECRYPT CSA Project, which has the goal to strengthen European excellence in the area of cryptology and to build on the Network of Excellence ECRYPT and ECRYPT II. We involve academia, industry, law enforcement, and defense agencies aiming to achieve a long-lasting integration and unify of the European cryptography community.

UPDATE 20/02/2017: The website is up.