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Ultrafast Physical Random Number Generation Using Chaos

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-14-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: A14A-002-0102
Amount: $150,000.00
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): 2014-09-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-05-18
Small Business Information
4035 Chris Drive Suite C
Huntsville, AL -
United States
DUNS: 122515708
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Hahs
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 319-6000
Business Contact
 Kenneth Lones
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 319-6019
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Robert Dean
310 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-36849
United States

 (334) 844-1838
 Nonprofit College or University

Ultrafast true random number generators are ideal for data encryption, Monte Carlo testing, and other data transport applications. Torch"s team has extensive experience designing, building, and testing oscillators based on the innovative, hybrid, exactly-solvable, chaotic oscillator theory as developed by Corron, Blakely and Pethel. These oscillators are capable of generating provably-chaotic waveforms that yield true random numbers with exactly-computable entropy. Our previous work with these oscillators yielded high frequency oscillators having chaotic waveforms that can be efficiently encoded with message bits, passed through a noisy channel and decoded with a chaos matched filter at the receiver. In this proposal we describe a plan for designing, building, and testing true random number generators based on this innovative theory to operate in the chaotic regime and provide ultrafast bit throughput. The plan has four parts: 1) design studies to identify feasible approaches for hardware realization, 2) circuit modeling and simulation for evaluation of feasible designs, 3) fabrication and testing to verify performance in terms of bit randomness and bit rate, and 4) redundancy reduction algorithm techniques for potential post processing. Our target application is stream ciphers. We envision our best designs will provide ultrafast true random bits in a robust, provable way.

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