Computer Science/Discrete Mathematics Seminar I | |

Topic: | 2-Server PIR with sub-polynomial communication |

Speaker: | Sivakanth Gopi |

Affiliation: | Princeton University |

Date: | Monday, February 16 |

Time/Room: | 11:15am - 12:15pm/S-101 |

A 2-server Private Information Retrieval (PIR) scheme allows a user to retrieve the $i$'th bit of an $n$-bit database replicated among two servers (which do not communicate) while not revealing any information about $i$ to either server. The privacy of the user is information theoretic and does not rely on any cryptographic assumptions. In this work we construct a new 2-server PIR scheme with total communication cost sub polynomial in $n$. This improves over the currently known 2-server protocols which require $n^{1/3}$ communication and matches the communication cost of known 3-server PIR schemes. Our improvement comes from reducing the number of servers in existing protocols, based on Matching Vector Codes, from 3 or 4 servers to 2. This is achieved by viewing these protocols in an algebraic way (using polynomial interpolation) and extending them using partial derivatives.