"Esther" is hot (cool)
By user12618941 on May 31, 2005
Esther takes this support further, providing SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashes in hardware, and what looks like some helper support for implementing RSA. If the numbers VIA quotes are accurate, I'd guesstimate that C7 should be able to drive 100Mb/s saturated IPsec without a problem. All of this in a very low power package, and VIA's CPUs paired with Solaris might make a really nice high-security appliance. Maybe without the need for fans?
Tonight at the OpenSolaris User's Group, Darren gave an overview of Solaris security technologies. Coincidentally, C3 and C7 represent great chances for us to show off the Solaris Encryption Framework, which could allow us to transparently take advantage of these features when available (IPsec, IKE, PKCS#11, Java and others would automatically benefit). To whit, we have two RFEs open:
5063711 /dev/random should use RNG on VIA processors and other X86 processorsFor those interested in security technologies, this might make a great candidate project for OpenSolaris.
5076069 Offer an optimized AES leveraging the VIA-PadLock's ACE engine