[curves] Gueron/Krasnov P-256 in OpenSSL

Trevor Perrin trevp at trevp.net
Thu Oct 2 17:27:04 PDT 2014

While reading about Cloudflare's "UniversalSSL" [1], I saw that the
Gueron/Krasnov P-256 code is now in OpenSSL.  It appears to be the
default in openssl-1.0.2-beta3 [2].

So it's easy to time with "openssl speed ecdhp256".  On my Haswell
Macbook Air 1.7Ghz, Turboboost disabled via [3]:

1.0.2-beta2 (default):  1530/sec
1.0.2-beta2 (enable-ec_nistp_64_gcc_128, Kasper et al):  3254/sec
1.0.2-beta3 (default, Gueron/Krasnov):  6580/sec

So the Kasper/Langley/Laurie version is ~2x speedup over previous, and
the Gueron/Krasnov appears ~2x speedup over that.

Interestingly, their paper reported 291 Kcycles/sec, whereas I'm
calculating this ~260 Kcycles/sec.

I haven't updated this spreadsheet [4] but maybe I should, it seems
this is ~10% faster than I thought!




[3] https://github.com/nanoant/DisableTurboBoost.kext/

[4] https://docs.google.com/a/trevp.net/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aiexaz_YjIpddFJuWlNZaDBvVTRFSjVYZDdjakxoRkE&usp=sharing#gid=0

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