Intel registered as research partner on a project focused on , or FHE for short. The Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program is looking for ways to advance the FHE domain to improve privacy.
In a nutshell, FHE enables encrypted data without having to decrypt it first. This is a major advance for security, but at the moment FHE is not the most practical approach in most cases. According to DARPA, a calculation that takes a fraction of a second on a regular laptop would currently take weeks to complete on a conventional server running FHE. It is essential to find how to mitigate this “performance tax” so that the FHE is one day widely adopted.
As part of a multi-year project, Intel will develop an application-specific integrated circuit accelerator with the aim of accelerating FHE computation times. The company is also working with Microsoft to test the technology on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft JEDI.