Revisiting sum of residues modular multiplication

Yinan Kong*, Braden Phillips

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In the 1980s, when the introduction of public key cryptography spurred interest in modular multiplication, many implementations performed modular multiplication using a sum of residues. As the field matured, sum of residues modular multiplication lost favor to the extent that all recent surveys have either overlooked it or incorporated it within a larger class of reduction algorithms. In this paper, we present a new taxonomy of modular multiplication algorithms. We include sum of residues as one of four classes and argue why it should be considered different to the other, now more common, algorithms. We then apply techniques developed for other algorithms to reinvigorate sum of residues modular multiplication. We compare FPGA implementations of modular multiplication up to 24 bits wide. The sum of residues multipliers demonstrate reduced latency at nearly 50% compared to Montgomery architectures at the cost of nearly doubled circuit area. The new multipliers are useful for systems based on the Residue Number System (RNS).

Original languageEnglish
Article number657076
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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