EE380: Computer Systems Colloquium Seminar
The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography
Speaker: Martin Hellman, Stanford EE (Emeritus)
While public key cryptography is seen as revolutionary, after this
talk you might wonder why it took Whit Diffie, Ralph Merkle and
Hellman so long to discover it. This talk also highlights the
contributions of some unsung (or "under-sung") heroes: Ralph Merkle,
John Gill, Stephen Pohlig, Richard Schroeppel, Loren Kohnfelder, and
researchers at GCHQ (Ellis, Cocks, and Williamson).
Resources and Reading Materials
M. E. Hellman, Cybersecurity, Nuclear Security, Alan Turing, and
Illogical Logic (http://www-ee.stanford.edu/
%7Ehellman/publications/77.pdf), Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60,
No. 12, pp. 52-59, December 2017.
This is a written version of Martin Hellman's ACM Turing Lecture
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I132wSwAI3o) and was accompanied by a
short (6 minute) video (https://vimeo.com/241030842).
Other materials and hard to find references can be found on Martin
Hellman's Stanford website, http://www-ee.stanford.edu/~hellman/ .
About the Speaker:
Martin E. Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at
Stanford University and is affiliated with the university's Center for
International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). His recent technical
work has focused on bringing a risk informed framework to a potential
failure of nuclear deterrence and then using that approach to find
surprising ways to reduce the risk. His earlier work included co-
inventing public key cryptography, the technology that underlies the
secure portion of the Internet. His many honors include election to
the National Academy of Engineering and receiving (jointly with his
colleague Whit Diffie) the million dollar ACM Turing Award, the top
prize in computer science. His most recent project is a book, jointly
written with his wife of fifty years, "A New Map for Relationships:
Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet," that provides a
"unified field theory" of peace by illuminating the connections
between nuclear war, conventional war, interpersonal war, and war
within our own psyches.
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Colloquium on Computer Systems Seminar Series (EE380) presents the
current research in design, implementation, analysis, and use of
computer systems. Topics range from integrated circuits to operating
systems and programming languages. It is free and open to the public,
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