28 September 2013
NSA IDA Cryptologic Research Centers
Center for Communications and Computing
For nearly 50 years IDA has played a key role in the research endeavors of
the National Security Agency, providing cutting-edge research in those areas
of mathematics and computer science that are fundamental to the NSA missions
of protecting our national security information systems against exploitation,
and providing the United States with effective foreign signals intelligence.
The program has two intertwined research areas: communications research,
and computing research.
The IDA Center for Communications Research (CCR) in Princeton, New Jersey,
and La Jolla, California, perform mathematical research that supports the
NSAs two missions: protecting the information and communications of
the U.S. government, and deriving foreign signals intelligence.
While high-end computing is an important part of the research program at
the Center for Computing Sciences (CCS), its mission has broadened over the
years to reflect global political and technological changes to include not
only high-performance computing for cryptography, but also cryptography itself,
network security, signal processing, and computational/mathematical techniques
for mining and understanding very large data sets.
Princeton, NJ: http://www.idaccr.org/
Center for Communications Research - Princeton
805 Bunn Drive
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
The Center for Communications Research in Princeton performs applied mathematical
and computational research in cryptology and related disciplines.
CCR-P conducts mathematical research supporting the twin tasks facing
cryptologists: cryptography and cryptanalysis. Mathematics remains the
fundamental science used to create and analyze the complex algorithms used
to encipher vulnerable communications. Virtually every branch of pure and
applied mathematics has proved to be useful in these efforts. For example,
techniques from the geometry of algebraic curves provide better methods for
detecting and correcting errors in data transmission. Even where no explicit
mathematics is involved, the mathematical mode of thinking seems to be ideally
suited to cryptologic problems.
It is critical that we recruit the very best new mathematical talent. This
requires that we foster amd maintain close ties with the academic mathematical
world. On occasion graduate students and renowned professors are brought
in to work closely with regular CCR-P staff and other mathematicians on difficult
and important problems.
Speech and Signals
As the modes and means of modern communications become more complex, we have
expanded our research into other areas including speech, the processing of
signals to remove noise and distortion, and network security.
La Jolla, CA: http://www.ccrwest.org/
Center for Communications Research
4320 Westerra Court
San Diego, California 92121-1969
Telephone: (858) 622-8600
FAX: (858) 622-8601