Throughput and Power Efficiency Evaluation of Block Ciphers on Kepler and GCN GPUs Using Micro-Benchmark Analysis

Naoki NISHIKAWA  Keisuke IWAI  Hidema TANAKA  Takakazu KUROKAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E97-D   No.6   pp.1506-1515
Publication Date: 2014/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E97.D.1506
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Fundamentals of Information Systems
Keyword: 
throughput,  power efficiency,  GPU,  OpenCL,  AES,  Camellia,  SC2000,  Kepler,  Graphics Core Next,  

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Summary: 
Computer systems with GPUs are expected to become a strong methodology for high-speed encryption processing. Moreover, power consumption has remained a primary deterrent for such processing on devices of all sizes. However, GPU vendors are currently announcing their future roadmaps of GPU architecture development: Nvidia Corp. promotes the Kepler architecture and AMD Corp. emphasizes the GCN architecture. Therefore, we evaluated throughput and power efficiency of three 128-bit block ciphers on GPUs with recent Nvidia Kepler and AMD GCN architectures. From our experiments, whereas the throughput and per-watt throughput of AES-128 on Radeon HD 7970 (2048 cores) with GCN architecture are 205.0Gbps and 1.3Gbps/Watt respectively, those on Geforce GTX 680 (1536 cores) with Kepler architecture are, respectively, 63.9Gbps and 0.43Gbps/W; an approximately 3.2 times throughput difference occurs between AES-128 on the two GPUs. Next, we investigate the reasons for the throughput difference using our micro-benchmark suites. According to the results, we speculate that to ameliorate Kepler GPUs as co-processor of block ciphers, the arithmetic and logical instructions must be improved in terms of software and hardware.