In this study, the pk11rsaperf cryptographic microbenchmark program was used to compare the throughput performance of the UltraSPARC T2 Plus and SPARC T3 processors.
As security has taken unprecedented importance in all facets of the IT industry, today organizations are proactively adopting to cryptographic mechanisms to protect their business information from unauthorized access and ensure its confidentiality and integrity during transit and storage.
Cryptographic operations are heavily compute-intensive which burdens the host system with additional CPU cycles and network bandwidth resulting significant degradation of overall throughput of the system and its hosted applications.
Oracle's T-series systems based on the Oracle's SPARC T3 processor provide the industry's fastest on-chip hardware cryptographic capabilities to accelerate the following cyphers.
In contrast, the Intel Westmere processor only adds instructions to accelerate AES.
|PK11 RSA 1024-bit Benchmark Test|
|UltraSPARC T2 Plus||8||8||64||41,285|
The RSA/AES-256 Cryptography benchmark suite was internally developed by Sun to measure maximum throughput of RSA private key (sign) operations and AES-256 operations that a system can perform. Multiple processes are used to achieve the maximum throughput.
pk11rsaperf measures the performance of RSA 1024-bit processing as performed by the Solaris Cryptographic Framework via PKCS#11 API. Different data sizes and varying numbers of concurrent threads can be tested. The metric is ops/sec.
Another New AES Attack (blog discussing tradeoffs between AES-128 and AES-256)
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