Implementing the Rivest Shamir and Adleman Public Key Encryption Algorithm on a Standard Digital Signal Processor

Abstract

A description of the techniques employed at Oxford University to obtain a high speed implementation of the RSA encryption algorithm on an “off-the-shelf” digital signal processing chip. Using these techniques a two and a half second (average) encrypt time (for 512 bit exponent and modulus) was achieved on a first generation DSP (The Texas Instruments TMS 32010) and times below one second are achievable on second generation parts. Furthermore the techniques of algorithm development employed lead to a provably correct implementation.