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Hongfeng Wu, Liangze Li, Fan Zhang, "The Pairing Computation on Edwards Curves", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2013, Article ID 136767, 8 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/136767
The Pairing Computation on Edwards Curves
Abstract
We propose an elaborate geometry approach to explain the group law on twisted Edwards curves which are seen as the intersection of quadric surfaces in place. Using the geometric interpretation of the group law, we obtain the Miller function for Tate pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. Then we present the explicit formulae for pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. Our formulae for the doubling step are a little faster than that proposed by Arène et al. Finally, to improve the efficiency of pairing computation, we present twists of degrees 4 and 6 on twisted Edwards curves.
1. Introduction
Pairingbased cryptography has been one of the most active areas in elliptic curve cryptography since 2000. Some details on this subject can be found in [1, 2]. How to compute pairings efficiently is a bottleneck for implementing pairingbased cryptography. The most efficient method of computing pairings is Miller’s algorithm [3]. Consequently, various improvements were presented in [4–8]. One way to improve the efficiency is to find other models of elliptic curves which can provide more efficient algorithms for pairing computation. Edwards curves were one of the popular models. Edwards curve was discovered by Edwards [9] and was applied in cryptography by Bernstein and Lange [10]. Then twisted Edwards curves which are the generalization of Edwards curves were introduced by Bernstein et al. in [11]. Bernstein and Lange also pointed out several advantages of applying the Edwards curves to cryptography. Pairing computation over Edwards curves was first considered in [12, 13]. In 2009, Arène et al. [4] gave the geometric interpretation of the group law and presented explicit formulae for computing the Tate pairing on twisted Edwards curves. Their formulae are faster than all previously proposed formulas for pairings computation on twisted Edwards curves. Their formulae are even competitive with all published formulae for pairing computation on Weierstrass curves. In particular, if a pairingfriendly curve used in a pairingbased protocol is isomorphic or isogenous to an Edwards curve, all the scalar multiplication appearing in the protocol can be computed efficiently [14].
Any elliptic curve defined over a field with characteristic different from 2 is birationally equivalent to an Edwards curve over some extension of , that is, a curve given by with . In fact, the twisted Edwards curves can be seen as the intersection of two quadratic surfaces in space. That is to say, the twisted Edwards curves can be given by , . For general elliptic curves given by intersection of two quadratic surfaces, the geometric interpretation of group law had been discussed by Merriman et al. in [15]. In this paper, we proposed a more detailed geometry approach to explain the group law for the case of twisted Edwards curves which are seen as the intersection of two quadratic surfaces. Using the geometric interpretation of the group law, we obtain the Miller function of Tate pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. Then we present the explicit formulae for pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. The doubling step of our formulae is a little faster than that in [4]. Finally, to reduce the cost of evaluating the Miller function on twisted Edwards curve, we employ quadratic, quartic, or sextic twists to the formulae of the Tate pairing computation. The high twists had been sufficiently studied by Costello et al. [16] on Weierstrass curves. As the result given by [17], one elliptic curve and its quartic/sextic twist can not have a rational twisted Edwards model at the same time, so we turn to Weierstrass curves for the highdegree twists of twisted Edwards curves. These twists enable us to reduce the cost of substituting to a half and a third, respectively, in case and case.
The remainder of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we provide some backgrounds and notations used in this paper. In Section 3, we give a geometry approach to explain the group law on twisted Edwards curves. In Section 4, we present pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. In Section 5, we employ quartic and sextic twists to the formulae of the Tate pairing computation. In Section 6, we conclude our paper.
2. Preliminaries
2.1. Tate Pairing
Let be a prime, and let be a finite field with . is an elliptic curve defined over with neutral element denoted by . is a prime such that . Let denote the embedding degree with respect to ; that is, is the smallest positive integer such that . For any point , there exists a rational function defined over such that , which is unique up to a nonzero scalar multiple. The group of th roots of unity in is denoted by . The reduced Tate pairing is then defined as follows: The rational function can be computed in polynomial time by using Miller’s algorithm [3]. Let be the binary representation of , where . Let be the rational function satisfying , where denotes the sum of and on and additions of the form denote formal additions in the divisor group. Miller’s algorithm starts with , and is written as in Algorithm 1.

2.2. Edwards Curves
For , a twisted Edwards curve defined over is given by where are distinct nonzero elements of . The projective closure of in is This curve consists of the points on the affine curve , embedded as usual into by , and extra points at infinity, that is, points when . There are exactly two such points, namely, and . These points are singular.
In fact, the twisted Edwards curve can be seen as the intersection of two quadric surfaces in space. That is, the twisted Edwards curve can be written as
More generally, every elliptic curve defined over a field with can be written in this normal form over an extension of . Set as the neutral element; the group law on (4) is given by where
The point has order 2. Note that the above formula is unified; that is, it can be applied to both adding two distinct points and doubling a point. The fast arithmetic on twisted Edwards curves given by (4) can be found in [18, 19].
We use and to denote the costs of multiplication and squaring in the base field , while and denote the costs of multiplication and squaring in the extension .
3. Geometric Interpretation of the Group Law on Twisted Edwards Curves
The aim of this section is to give the elaborate geometric interpretation of the group law on twisted Edwards curves which are seen as the intersection of two quadric surfaces in space. We consider projective planes which are given by homogeneous projective equations . In this paper, we still use the symbol to denote projective planes. In fact, any plane intersects at exactly four points. Although these planes are not functions on , their divisors can be well defined as where is the intersection multiplicity of and at . Then the quotient of two projective planes is a welldefined function which gives principal divisor. As we will see, this divisor leads to the geometric interpretation of the group law.
When saying plane passes three points , and (not necessary distinct), we means that exactly satisfies . In fact, by RiemannRoch theorem or by explicit discussion on multiplicity, one can prove that there exists a unique plane which satisfies the above inequality. So we may denote this plane by from now on.
3.1. Group Law over the Twisted Edwards Curves
AbelJacobi theorem connects the group law with principal divisor. And we can get the lemma below.
Lemma 1. For twist Edwards curve with neutral element , let . Then 4 points (not necessary distinct) , , , and satisfy if and only if there is a plane with .
Proof. Firstly, it is an easy calculation to get that .
Then the “if” part follows directly: if , the principal divisor is translated into equation by the AbelJacobi Theorem.
For the “only if” part, suppose that . Consider the plane ; we can assume that , so it derives from the “if” part. Then we get ; that is, .
By this lemma, we can easily construct planes to give the group law. The fourth intersection of and the curve is , that is, the negative point of . The fourth intersection of and the curve is , and its negative point gives . Actually, this geometric interpretation is parallel with the tangent and chord law for the cubic plane curves.
The neutral element we chose here is the same with that of [11], so we can claim that our explicit formulae for negative point, point addition, and point doubling are equivalent with which of [11].
4. Miller Function over
4.1. Construction of Miller Function
In this section we construct the Miller function over . Let and be two points on ; by Lemma 1, we can get Thus, So for addition steps, the Miller function over can be given by setting , : For doubling steps, we set , and the Miller function over is given as
Then the remaining work is to compute the equation of these planes. The planes we use are of the form , because they always pass through . Thus we only need to compute , , and . To get a unified description, we use , for both addition and doubling steps and consider and , respectively, when necessary. Assume that , , and .
4.2. Equation of with
In the case that , , and are pairwise distinct points on , by solving linear equations, we get the coefficients of the plane as follows:
4.3. Equation of with
Suppose that . The tangent line to at is the intersection of the tangent planes to and at . The tangent plane to at is . The tangent plane to at is . Then is of the form: Note that ; that is, . One can verify that , satisfy the equation. Hence, the equation of is
Then we can get the coefficients of as follows:
4.4. Equation of
The plane can be regarded as a special case of . For , , we have Thus, we have .
5. Pairing Computation
In this section, we analysis steps in Miller’s algorithm explicitly. For an addition step or doubling step, as is shown in Algorithm 1, each addition or doubling step consists of three parts: computing the point or and the function or , evaluating or at , and then updating the variable by or by .
The updating part, as operation in , costs for addition step and for doubling step. It is usually the main cost but with little room for optimization in one step. For the evaluating part, some standard methods such as denominator elimination and subfield simplification can be used, as we introduce below.
We assume that embedding degree is even. Let be a generator of over with . Suppose that ; we can see that . If , , for evaluation of , we have where and . Note that and they are fixed during the whole computation, so they can be precomputed. The coefficients , , and are in ; thus the evaluation at given the coefficients of the plane can be computed in (multiplications by and need each).
The computation of the coordinates of points and the coefficients of planes, as a part of much variety, is discussed, respectively, for addition and doubling step as follows.
5.1. Addition Steps
Let and be distinct points with . By variant of formulae of (6) and (12), the explicit formulas for computing and , , and are given as follows: With these formulas, and , , and can be computed in , where is constant multiplication by . For a mixed addition step, in which the base point is chosen to have , the costs reduce to .
Therefore, the total costs of an addition step are , while a mixed addition step costs .
5.2. Doubling Steps
For , . By the formulae of (6) and (15), our explicit formulas for computing and , , are given as follows:
By the above formulae, and , , and can be computed in , where are constant multiplications by and .
So total costs of our formulae for a doubling step are , while the total costs of the formulae for the doubling step proposed in [4] are , where are both constant multiplication by .
6. HighDegree Twists
Let , an elliptic curve over is called a twist of degree of if there is an isomorphism defined over , and this is the smallest extension of over which is defined. Depending on the invariant of , there exist twists of degree at most , since . Pairing friendly curves with twists of degree higher than arise from constructions with invariants and .
6.1. Edwards Curves with
For twisted Edwards curve , the invariant equals to ; hence, there exist twists of degree . The case is the “classical” Edwards curve with complex multiplication [20].
Lemma 2. Assume that , is a generator of over and , which implies . Then the Weierstrass curve is a twist of degree 4 over of . The isomorphism can be given as
Proof. Firstly, we prove that is well defined; that is, . Note that
We have
Then
Moreover, it can be easily checked that is invertible and satisfies ; that is, is an isomorphism. Besides, the minimal field that can be defined over is which has degree 4 over . Hence, the twist degree is 4.
For , we have . Then its corresponding point can be given as . One can check by substitution that For and , we have and with . Then for the evaluation of with , we get
So we can reduce to . Moreover we may precompute and since they are fixed during the whole computation. When , and are given, the evaluation at can be computed in , with each for multiplications by and .
The high twist not only reduces the cost of evaluating but also the cost of updating , which is the main multiplication in Miller’s algorithm as a multiplication in . Consider as an vector space with bases , , , and . Then an arbitrary element can be denoted as with , . And the reduced value of we have gotten above can be denoted as , where and . When using the Schoolbook method, multiplying by costs for computing , and costs for and . The total cost equals to , considering that a general multiplication in costs . Namely, the quartic twist may reduce the cost of the main multiplication in Miller’s algorithm to .
Therefore, the addition step costs , where is constant multiplication by . For a mixed addition step, the costs reduce to .
The doubling step costs , where are constant multiplications by and .
6.2. Edwards Curves with
The twisted Edwards curve has invariant ; hence, if and only if . Note that is a square in finite field if and only if . Now we assume that and , satisfy the relation . Then Edwards curve has invariant equal to ; hence, there exist twists of degree . The case is the Edwards curve with complex multiplication [20].
We denote that and when given .
Lemma 3. Assume that , is a generator of over with , which implies and . Then the Weierstrass elliptic curve is a twist of degree 6 over of . The isomorphism can be given as
Proof. Firstly, we check that is well defined; that is, . We denote that , then
Note that
Since , , and , we have
Thus
Moreover, it can be easily checked that is invertible and satisfies ; that is, is an isomorphism. Besides, the minimal field that can be defined over is which has degree 6 over . Hence, the twist degree is 6.
For , we have . Then its corresponding point can be given as . One can check by substitution that For and , we have with . Then for the evaluation of with , , we get
So we can reduce to the representative in the last line. Moreover we may precompute and since they are fixed during the whole computation. When , and , are given, the evaluation at can be computed in , with each for multiplications by and and a constant multiplication by .
Similarly with the case, consider as an vector space with bases . Then an arbitrary element can be denoted as with , . And the reduced we have gotten above can be denoted as , where and . When using the Schoolbook method, multiplying by costs for computing , and costs for and . The total cost equals to , considering that a general multiplication in costs . Namely, the sextic twist may reduce the cost of the main multiplication in Miller’s algorithm to .
Therefore, the addition step costs , where are multiplications by and . For a mixed addition step, the costs reduce to .
The doubling step costs , where are multiplications by , , and .
Table 1 shows the concrete comparison for doubling step (DBL), mixed addition step (mADD), and addition step (ADD).

7. Conclusion
In this paper, we propose an elaborate geometry approach to explain the group law on Edwards curves which are seen as the intersection of two quadric surfaces in space. Using the geometric interpretation of the group law, we obtain the Miller function of Tate pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. Then we present the explicit formulae for pairing computation on twisted Edwards curves. The doubling step of our formulae is a little faster than that in [4]. Finally, to improve the efficiency, we present quartic and sextic twists on twisted Edwards curves. By using high twists, the costs of substituting in case and case can be reduced to a half and a third, respectively. Above all, it is interesting to consider more efficient formulae for pairing computation on twist Edwards curves.
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 11101002, no. 11271129, and no. 61370187) and Beijing Natural Science Foundation (no. 1132009).
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