The early experimental work suggested the utility of a a secure coprocessor platform as a generic product that enables development and deployment of TCP applications. This chapter discusses the design challenges and tradeoffs we faced, in the mid-1990s, when trying to transform this notion into a real product. Section 5.1 sets the context for this project. Section 5.2 discusses the design obstacles we faced. Section 5.3 boils down this analysis into a set of requirements for a product. Section 5.4 sketches the technology we developed to help overcome these obstacles, and some usage scenarios this technology might enable.


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Further Reading

  1. [SPW98]
    S.W. Smith, E. Palmer, and S. Weingart. Using a High-Performance, Pro-grammable Secure Coprocessor. In Financial Cryptography, Second International Conference, FC’98, pages 73–89. Springer-Verlag LNCS 1465, 1998.Google Scholar
  2. [SW99]
    S.W. Smith and S. Weingart. Building a High-Performance, Programmable Secure Coprocessor. Computer Networks, 31: 831–860, April 1999.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. [DPSL99]
    J. Dyer, R. Perez, S.W. Smith, and M. Lindemann. Application Support Architecture for a High-Performance, Programmable Secure Coprocessor. In 22nd National Information Systems Security Conference, October 1999.Google Scholar
  4. [DLP+01]
    J. Dyer, M. Lindemann, R. Perez, R. Sailer, S.W. Smith, L.van Doom, and S. Weingart. Building the IBM 4758 Secure Coprocessor. IEEE Computer, 34:57–66, 2001.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean W. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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