A comparison of MNT curves and supersingular curves

Daniel Page, Nigel Smart, Frederik R G Vercauteren

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We compare both the security and performance issues related to the choice of MNT curves against supersingular curves in characteristic three, for pairing based systems. We pay particular attention to equating the relevant security levels and comparing not only computational performance and bandwidth performance. The paper focuses on the BLS signature scheme and the Boneh--Franklin encryption scheme, but a similar analysis can be applied to many other pairing based schemes.
Translated title of the contributionA comparison of MNT curves and supersingular curves
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-392
JournalApplicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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