Peer-to-Peer Object Repository with Integrated Security

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F30602-02-C-0164
Agency Tracking Number: 021IF-0419
Amount: $97,805.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Odyssey Research Assoc., Inc.
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 101321479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Stillerman
 Sr. Principal Scientist
 (607) 257-1975
 matt@oracorp.com
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Email: rick@oracorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The Air Force's Joint Battlespace Infosphere (JBI) requires a secure, scalable, object repository to support the vision of a globally accessible, secure, distributed information "space." Peer-to-peer (P2P) technology holds significant promise for theselarge-scale information repositories because of its demonstrated scalability and robustness. However, development of a P2P object repository poses these tough challenges: distributed query processing and security.ATC-NY envisions a Peer-to-Peer Object Repository that will exploit innovative strategies for security and distributed query without sacrificing scalability. In Phase I, we will design a prototype of the system and develop an assurance argument as well asdesign a testbed and scalability experiments.Security for the object repository will be based on four concepts: security information encapsulated in JBI objects, capability-based access control, trust management, and k-of-n secret sharing. Our innovation is the proposed synthesis of thesetechniques, especially in the context of a P2P application.The query function of the object repository will be implemented using a combination of mobile agents and distributed, fragmented, replicated indices. Again, this represents an aggressive advance beyond current practice, attractive because of its inherentscalability in the P2P environment. A secure P2P-based object repository that is also scalable and meets performance requirements wi

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