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Managing Encryption and Certificates in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: May 2021

Cryptographic Framework Optimizations for SPARC Based Systems

The Cryptographic Framework supplies M-Series Servers beginning with SPARC M5, T-Series Servers beginning with SPARC T4, and SPARC S7 servers, with cryptographic mechanisms. Several mechanisms are optimized for these servers, including some symmetric key algorithms, asymmetric key algorithms, checksums, and digests.

Three cryptographic mechanisms are optimized for data at rest and in motion: AES-CBC, AES-CFB128, and ARCFOUR. The RSA and DSA cryptographic mechanisms are optimized for OpenSSL by optimizing arbitrary-precision arithmetic (bignum). Other optimizations include small packet performance for handshakes and data in motion.

In turn, the SPARC based systems provide hardware acceleration of these cryptographic mechanisms to both the Cryptographic Framework and OpenSSL.