Security

Performance of Batch-Based Digital Signatures

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Executive Summary

A Digital Signature is an important type of authentication in a public-key (or asymmetric) cryptographic system, and it is in wide use. The performance of an Internet server computing digital signatures online is limited by the high cost of modular arithmetic. One simple way to improve the performance of the server is to reduce the number of computed digital signatures by combining a set of documents into a batch in a smart way and signing each batch only once. This reduces the demand on the CPU but requires extra information to be sent to clients.

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