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Ultrafast Physical Random Number Generation Using Hybrid Boolean Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-14-C-0142
Agency Tracking Number: A14A-002-0072
Amount: $149,888.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A14A-T002
Solicitation Number: 2014.A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-05-26
Small Business Information
2228 Graystone Lane
Chapel Hill, NC -
United States
DUNS: 079327199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Pomerance
 Chief Scientist
 (202) 246-7273
Business Contact
 Mel Snyder
Title: President
Phone: (919) 632-8503
Research Institution
 Duke University
 Susan Lasley
Suite 710 Erwin Square 2200 W Main St Box 104010
Durham, NC 27705-
United States

 (919) 684-3030
 Nonprofit college or university

Eno River Technologies and Duke University propose to develop Hybrid Boolean Network (HBN) technology for ultrafast physical random number generation. HBNs are circuits composed partly of unclocked logic elements that exhibit chaotic dynamics and clocked elements that provide readout and synchronization to the system bus. It is hypothesized that the chaotic elements amplify electronic noise in the circuit, which leads to true random number generation (TRNG). HBNs were originally developed by Duke University using low-cost FPGA technology and have been demonstrated to produce random numbers that pass the NIST statistical tests at 12.8 Gbit/s. The goal of Phase I is to mature simulation tools and the theory of operation, perform experiments on HBNs in different operating environments and on different platforms to demonstrate robustness of TRNG operation, and perform system studies to determine optimal HBN architecture. In Phase II, we will develop and demonstrate a network appliance capable of delivering 40 Gbit/s of random numbers for cryptographic applications.

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