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Research on Techniques and Methods of Developing Cryptography Virtual Laboratory

Volume 13, Number 8, December 2017, pp. 1371-1380
DOI: 10.23940/ijpe.17.08.p18.13711380

Guihua Duan, Yan Wang, Min Li, Yu Sheng, Jianxin Wang, Shigeng Zhang

School of Information Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China

(Submitted on October 1, 2017; Revised on November 2, 2017; Accepted on November 23, 2017)


To address the deficiencies of cryptography education, we design and implement a virtual experiment system named VESC (Virtual Experiment System for Cryptography), which is composed of a front end developed with HTML5 and a back end developed with Node.js and Docker. Based on the parameters input by the users, VESC uses the cross-browser vector graphics library Raphael to dynamically demonstrate the workflow of various cryptography algorithms to users in a step-by-step manner. VESC is easy to operate while having a friendly interface. After users submit their codes, VESC compiles the codes, executes them, and sends the results back to the users. Our experimental results show that VESC achieves high performance in a highly concurrent accessing environment. VESC is not only a virtual experimental platform for students, but also offers an assistant system for teachers to help students better understand the principles of complicated cryptographic algorithms and protocols as well as their applications.


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