Practical homomorphic encryption: A survey

Ciara Moore, Maire O'Neill, Elizabeth O'Sullivan, Yarkin Doroz, Berk Sunar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Cloud computing technology has rapidly evolved over the last decade, offering an alternative way to store and work with large amounts of data. However data security remains an important issue particularly when using a public cloud service provider. The recent area of homomorphic cryptography allows computation on encrypted data, which would allow users to ensure data privacy on the cloud and increase the potential market for cloud computing. A significant amount of research on homomorphic cryptography appeared in the literature over the last few years; yet the performance of existing implementations of encryption schemes remains unsuitable for real time applications. One way this limitation is being addressed is through the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for implementations of homomorphic encryption schemes. This review presents the current state of the art in this promising new area of research and highlights the interesting remaining open problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479934324, 9781479934324
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2014 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: Jun 1 2014Jun 5 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
ISSN (Print)0271-4310


Other2014 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2014
CityMelbourne, VIC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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