Portland, OR (April 11, 2011) – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded up to $4.7M to Galois, Inc., as research integrator for the PROCEED program (Programming Computation on Encrypted Data) whose goal is to make it feasible to execute programs on encrypted data without having to decrypt the data first.
DARPA Program Manager Dr. Drew Dean has assembled a diverse group of researchers on PROCEED with the challenging goal of making fundamental progress in the science and mathematics of computing on encrypted data, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of implementations of the new techniques by several orders of magnitude. The researchers are working at many different levels of abstraction: on the design of programming languages that support encrypted data; on building efficient libraries of operations over encrypted data structures; on compilation techniques that exploit programmable hardware; and on fundamental breakthroughs in the cryptographic approach itself.
Over the next four years, Galois will draw the many threads of research together into a coherent whole. Galois brings extensive existing infrastructure and technological support for multi-use cryptography compilation and analysis, and a decade of experience supporting and connecting cryptographers in research, government, and industry.
To meet the critical technical challenge of a shared technical infrastructure, Galois offers the Cryptol® tool suite, leveraging the existing framework for specifying, designing, implementing, and verifying cryptographic algorithms for a variety of hardware and software platforms. The toolset will be extended to showcase the breakthroughs in homomorphic encryption produced across the PROCEED research team.
About Galois: Galois (http://www.galois.com/) was founded in 1999 to provide a unique R&D capability for government and commercial clients. Galois applies revolutionary mathematical, computer science and engineering approaches to solve critical problems in software security, safety, privacy and performance. Galois has been instrumental in bringing cutting edge research into practice for the DoD, DoE, Intelligence, pharmaceutical and aerospace communities.
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