The Intel seed-board program recently donated BIS-6630 Norco development kits to Patrick Schaumont, currently an Associate Professor at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech. The BIS-6630 development kits are compact fanless embedded PCs designed around the Intel® Atom™ N2800 processor at 1.87GHz (formerly known as Cedar Trail). The platform comes with a Fedora clone pre-installed, but also supports embedded development using the Yocto project (http://www.yocto-project.org).
As part of ECE 5984 Handheld Computer Security, a graduate level course in Spring 2013, Schaumont designed a semester wide class project to investigate vector processing techniques to accelerate modular multiplications in prime fields using the SSE2 instruction-set extensions in Intel’s Atom CPU. The students demonstrated that their implementations, which use NIST standard prime-field curves, run about five times faster than the OpenSSL versions of the same ECC operations on the same processor. Their conference submission “SIMD Acceleration of Modular Arithmetic on Contemporary Embedded Platforms” to the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC) is a nominated Best Paper Award candidate.
Prof. Schaumont’s contact information can be found here.