AES, Serpent--Performance only enryption speed?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by nmaynan, Jan 5, 2009.

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  1. nmaynan

    nmaynan Registered Member

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    When folks talk about performance differences between for example AES, Serpent, Twofish what exactly are they referring to? Do performance differences only refer to how fast a hard drive can be encrypted? Or once encrypted does it refer to how fast encrypted files are decrypted to be put into RAM?

    I read that Serpent is fastest on hardware but slower on software. What does this mean? Is encrypting a harddrive with Serpent a hardware or software implementation?

    Any insight/explanations on this would be much appreciated.
     
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