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From: Andre Oppermann (andrefreebsd.org)
Date: Fri Sep 03 2010 - 01:07:09 CDT
On 03.09.2010 02:35, Ricky Charlet wrote:
> Howdy, <this messages is cross posted in freebsd-security and freebsd-net>
> I'm seeking current cryptographic coprocessors supported in FreeBSD 8.x. By perusing through the
> crypto-dev (and subsequently referenced) man page(s) I found this list: Hifn
> 7751/7951/7811/7955/7956 crypto accelerator SafeNet 1141/1741 Bluesteel 5501/5601 Broadcom
> Those are all pretty old (and in some cases, no longer existent). I'm surveying these lists to
> see if anyone knows of more modern chips working with FreeBSD 8.x. Or if you feel some chip on
> the list above is up to the task of near about 1 Gb throughput across a PCIe and has friendly
> vendor support for FreeBSD, I'd sure like to hear about that too.
What cypto algorithms do you need? Stream encryption and/or PKI KEX?
For AES stream encrpytion there are some CPU's that directly support
the crypto primitives on the silicon. For newer x86/amd64 CPU's see:
A number of VIA x86 CPU's have supported a set of crypto algorithms
inlcuding stream cyphers, cryptographic hashing and RSA for quite some
time on their silicon.
Other than that there are some embedded crypto engines with their own
(mostly MIPS based) single and multi-core CPU's. AKAIK they have a
FreeBSD API and the FreeBSD MIPS port should work on at least some of
Cavium also has some plug-in crypto accelerator cards under the brand
name Nitrox. IIRC they have some drivers for FreeBSD available.
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