I am interested about this recent closed question. I thought I'd ask here because I clearly have a different opinion to some, and I wanted to discuss the reasoning.

The question is marked as closed for "unclear what you're asking", which I just don't think it is - as per Hunter's prompt I've provided an answer in the comments.

I realize it doesn't necessarily show large amounts of prior research, but that doesn't make it unclear. These terms are used as key 'selling points' for a number of schemes, including many of the CAESAR submissions. Some examples using the terms specifically are given below - most of which are from CAESER because I have the zoo in-front of me:

  • "Online": OCB, Ascon, CBA, APE, NORX
  • "memory-constrained devices": Ketje / Keyak / Spongewrap,
  • "lightweight": PRESENT, JAMBO, APE, BLINKER (presented CT-RSA14)

eCrypt report on Lightweight crypto

tl;dr: This question might not be the best ever written, but it is clear so at least we should close it with an appropriate reason.

  • $\begingroup$ I've certainly seen worse questions than that. Also, the “lack of research” can indeed be argued about. After all, OP shows he/she is still learning but already able to clearly define the (let's just call it) “point of confusion”. I'm not convinced a search engine quest would be able to simply spit out really satisfying answers to the question… which makes Crypto.SE a good place to ask. That's what we're here for, aren't we? ;) Keeping it short: I agree with your disagreement and voted to reopen it accordingly. $\endgroup$
    – e-sushi
    Mar 23, 2014 at 13:09

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The question has now been re-opened.


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