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Feedback shift registers, 2adic span, and combiners with memory
 Journal of Cryptology
, 1997
"... Feedback shift registers with carry operation (FCSR’s) are described, implemented, and analyzed with respect to memory requirements, initial loading, period, and distributional properties of their output sequences. Many parallels with the theory of linear feedback shift registers (LFSR’s) are presen ..."
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Feedback shift registers with carry operation (FCSR’s) are described, implemented, and analyzed with respect to memory requirements, initial loading, period, and distributional properties of their output sequences. Many parallels with the theory of linear feedback shift registers (LFSR’s) are presented, including a synthesis algorithm (analogous to the BerlekampMassey algorithm for LFSR’s) which, for any pseudorandom sequence, constructs the smallest FCSR which will generate the sequence. These techniques are used to attack the summation cipher. This analysis gives a unified approach to the study of pseudorandom sequences, arithmetic codes, combiners with memory, and the MarsagliaZaman random number generator. Possible variations on the FCSR architecture are indicated at the end. Index Terms – Binary sequence, shift register, stream cipher, combiner with memory, cryptanalysis, 2adic numbers, arithmetic code, 1/q sequence, linear span. 1