Robust Information-Theoretic Private Information Retrieval

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Robust Information-Theoretic Private Information Retrieval
A Private Information Retrieval (PIR) protocol allows a user to retrieve a data item of its choice from a database, such that the servers storing the database do not gain information on the identity of the item being retrieved. PIR protocols were studied in depth since the subject was introduced in Chor, Goldreich, Kushilevitz, and Sudan 1995. The standard definition of PIR protocols raises a simple question – what happens if some of the servers crash during the operation? How can we devise a protocol which still works in the presence of crashing servers? Current systems do not guarantee availability of servers at all times for many reasons, e.g., crash of server or communication problems. Our purpose is to design robust PIR protocols, i.e., protocols which still work correctly even if only k out of servers are available during the protocols’ operation (the user does not know in advance which servers are available). We present various robust PIR protocols giving different tradeof...
Amos Beimel, Yoav Stahl
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where JOC
Authors Amos Beimel, Yoav Stahl
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