Preface

The PBC library is a free portable C library allowing the rapid prototyping of pairing-based cryptosystems. It provides an abstract interface to a cyclic group with a bilinear pairing, insulating the programmer from mathematical details. Knowledge of elliptic curves is optional.

The PBC library is built on top of the GMP library, and the PBC API is strongly influenced by the GMP API. Accordingly, this manual tries to imitate the look and feel of the GMP manual.

The PBC library homepage: http://crypto.stanford.edu/pbc/

The GMP library homepage: http://www.swox.com/gmp/