Combining Algorithm Exploration with Instruction Set Design: A Case Study in Elliptic Curve Cryptography

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Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In recent years, processor customization has matured to become a trusted way of achieving high performance with limited cost/energy in embedded applications. In particular, Instruction Set Extensions (ISEs) have been proven very effective in many cases. A large body of work exists today on creating tools that can select efficient ISEs given an application source code: ISE automation is crucial for increasing the productivity of design teams. In this paper, the authors show that an additional motivation for automating the ISE process is to facilitate algorithm exploration: the availability of ISE can have a dramatic impact on the performance of different algorithmic choices to implement identical or equivalent functionality.
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