Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Draft Call for Multi-Party Threshold Schemes: NIST IR 8214C ipd Available for Public Comment

 NIST requests public comments on NIST IR 8214C ipd (initial public draft), NIST First Call for Multi-Party Threshold Schemes, for primitives organized into two categories:

  1. Cat1: selected NIST-specified primitives
  2. Cat2: other primitives not specified by NIST

The report specifies the various categories, subcategories, and requirements for a successful submission, including security characterization, technical description, open-source implementation, and performance evaluation. The process intends to help the NIST cryptographic technology group collect reference material to promote a public analysis of the viability of threshold schemes and related primitives. This will support the NIST multi-party threshold cryptography and privacy-enhancing cryptography projects in developing future recommendations.

Threshold schemes should NOT be submitted until the final version of this report is published. However, using the present draft as a baseline, potential submitters are encouraged to prepare early for future submissions.

The public comment period is open through April 10, 2023. See the publication details for a copy of the initial public draft and instructions for submitting comments.

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iii of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy – Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.

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