7 November 1997
This document is an attempt to summarize the questions which are most often asked of NIST regarding the AES development effort (particularly the Federal Register's request for candidate algorithm nominations. NIST's answers to these questions are intended to provide information to all persons interested in the AES development effort.
As stated in the Federal Register announcment referenced above, general questions concerning the AES development effort and request for candidate algorithm nominations may be sent electronically to AESQUEST@NIST.GOV or via fax to 301-948-1233 (Attn: AES Questions). Non-pertinent questions may be ignored.
This FAQ is organized in a manner that parallels the sections of the recent Federal Register's request for candidate algorithm nominations.
2. Requirements for Candidate Algorithm Submission Packages
3. Minimum Acceptability Requirements
4. Evaluation Criteria
5. First AES Conference
6. Plans for Candidate Evaluation Process
This has not yet been completely determined. [We have already said that we intend to make submissions available electronically in Adobe PDF format.] We have been considering three means (or a combination thereof) to make this information publicly available: 1) a printed document, 2) a CD-ROM, and 3) via the Internet. We recognize that some of the electronic ANSI C/Java programs (at a minimum) are likely to be covered by U.S. export regulations, which would make Internet distribution problematic. We may end up using a combination of these methods.
It is our intent to make all information submitted with candidate algorithm nominations publicly available (consistent with U.S. export regulations).