Paper 2018/314

Secure top most significant genome variants search: iDASH 2017 competition

Sergiu Carpov and Thibaud Tortech


One of the 3 tracks of iDASH Privacy & Security Workshop 2017 competition was to execute a whole genome variants search on private genomic data. Particularly, the search application was to find the top most significant SNPs (Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms) in a database of genome records labeled with control or case.Privacy and confidentiality of genome data had to be ensured using Intel SGX enclaves. The typical use-case of this application is the multi-party computation (each party possessing one or several genome records) of the SNPs which statistically differentiate control and case genome datasets. In this paper we discuss the solution submitted by our team to this competition. Our solution consists of two applications: (i) compress and encrypt genome files and (ii) perform genome processing (top most important SNPs search). We have opted for a horizontal treatment of genome records and heavily used parallel processing. Rust programming language was employed to develop both applications. Execution performance of the processing applications scales well and very good performance metrics are obtained. Contest organizers selected it as the best submission amongst other received competition entries and our team was awarded the first prize on this track.

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Published elsewhere. BMC Medical Genomics
genome variants searchprivate genomic dataIDASH competitionIntel SGX
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sergiu carpov @ cea fr
2018-04-03: received
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      title = {Secure top most significant genome variants search: iDASH 2017 competition},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2018/314},
      year = {2018},
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