Though traditional data prefetching techniques successfully hide memory latency in DRAM based systems, it turns out that they do not work well for ORAM. In this paper, we exploit ORAM locality by taking advantage of the ORAM internal structures. Though it might seem apparent that obliviousness and locality are two contradictory concepts, we challenge this intuition by exploiting data locality in ORAM without sacrificing provable security. In particular, we propose an ORAM prefetching technique called dynamic super block scheme and comprehensively explore its design space. The dynamic super block scheme detects data locality in the program's working set at runtime, and exploits the locality in a data-independent way. % based on the key observation that position map ORAMs have better locality than the data ORAM.
Our simulation results show that with dynamic super block scheme, ORAM performance without super blocks can be significantly improved. After adding timing protection to ORAM, the average performance gain is 25.5\% (up to 49.4\%) over the baseline ORAM and 16.6\% (up to 30.1\%) over the best ORAM prefetching technique proposed previously.Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / Oblivious RAM, locality, prefetching Date: received 31 Mar 2014 Contact author: yxy at mit edu Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation Version: 20140401:064914 (All versions of this report) Discussion forum: Show discussion | Start new discussion