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changeset 872:5a18ce0b0ef0

Described SIMAP and SCET.
author Martin Geisler <mg@daimi.au.dk>
date Sun, 03 Aug 2008 20:40:18 +0200
parents 9a3830de8106
children 7837ad6fc492
files doc/history.txt
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     1.4  seen as a framework for building *virtual* ideal functionalities.
     1.5  
     1.6  .. _vote: http://mgeisler.net/2007/10/vote-for-your-favorite-name/
     1.7 +
     1.8 +
     1.9 +Background
    1.10 +----------
    1.11 +
    1.12 +VIFF grew out of a research project called SIMAP_ which is conducted
    1.13 +at the University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with the
    1.14 +University of Copenhagen and industry partners. SIMAP is short for
    1.15 +*Secure Information Management and Processing* and the main goal of
    1.16 +the project is to develop tools that can be used to build applications
    1.17 +which use SMPC to solve real-world problems. The tools are a set of
    1.18 +efficient cryptographic protocols and a domain-specific language which
    1.19 +aims to allow normal programmers to use the cryptographic protocols in
    1.20 +an easy and *secure* manner without being security experts themselves.
    1.21 +In January 2008 the SIMAP project ran the `first ever large-scale SMPC
    1.22 +application`_ in which Danish farmers traded sugar beet contracts using
    1.23 +a secure double auction.
    1.24 +
    1.25 +.. _SIMAP: http://sikkerhed.alexandra.dk/uk/projects/simap/
    1.26 +.. _first ever large-scale SMPC application:
    1.27 +   http://sikkerhed.alexandra.dk/uk/projects/simap/MPCannouncement.pdf
    1.28 +
    1.29 +The SIMAP project is the successor to the SCET_ project (short for
    1.30 +*Secure Computing Economy and Trust*) which implemented a prototype of
    1.31 +the secure double auction used in SIMAP. The comparison protocol used
    1.32 +is available as :class:`ComparisonToft05Mixin` in VIFF, but people
    1.33 +might still refer to it as the "SCET comparison" on the mailing list.
    1.34 +
    1.35 +.. _SCET: http://sikkerhed.alexandra.dk/uk/projects/scet.htm