# Substitution-permutation network facts for kids

In cryptography, an **SP-network**, or **substitution-permutation network** (**SPN**), is a series of linked mathematical operations used in block cipher algorithms such as AES.

These networks consist of S-boxes and P-boxes that transform blocks of input bits into output bits.

S-boxes substitute or transform input bits into output bits. A good S-box will have the property that changing one input bit will change about half of the output bits. It will also have the property that each output bit will depend on every input bit. P-boxes permute or rearrange bits across S-box inputs. In addition, at each *round* the key is combined using some group operation, typically XOR.

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