DARPA Awards Duality Technologies Multimillion Dollar Contract to Accelerate Machine Learning on Encrypted Data

Duality Technologies, a pioneer in collaborative data sharing while protecting privacy, today revealed that it has been chosen for Phase II of the DARPA Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program. The project’s newly developed capabilities for expedited privacy-protected machine learning will be incorporated into Duality Technology’s secure data collaboration platform, giving customers the most comprehensive ability to apply data science and machine learning on sensitive data quickly and collaboratively, further dismantling data silos that exist within and between organizations.

“Duality emerged as an unequivocal global leader in making privacy technology real and practical, at orders of magnitude faster than anyone else”, “We have assembled a renowned hardware and software acceleration team and we are continuing to achieve massive strides toward making what many people still believe is impossible – possible.”

Prof. Kurt Rohloff, chief technical officer and co-founder of Duality

The Duality TREBUCHET team continues on its path to use the Duality powered OpenFHE (openfhe.org) library for Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) computations that aim to significantly lessen the current computational burden and drastically speed up FHE computations with support from DARPA in the DPRIVE programme. Innovating computing on encrypted data, this top-tier open-source FHE software library ensures data security for use in applications for the US Government, Department of Defense (DoD), and in commercial applications.

After triumphing in a very contested Phase I round against hardware acceleration teams from the biggest and most competent technological companies in this field, Duality was chosen for Phase II of DPRIVE. The Duality-led team created a hardware accelerator in Phase I for machine learning on FHE-encrypted data. The team was chosen for Phase II and the multimillion dollar research and development contract to build and prototype encrypted computing acceleration hardware because of their successful design work in Phase I. The Duality-led TREBUCHET team’s objective is to develop a hardware accelerator that is integrated with cutting-edge FHE software, such as OpenFHE, to make machine learning (ML) on FHE-protected ciphertext as quick as ML on unencrypted data.

“This Phase II award further validates the ground-breaking work we are spearheading and I am immensely proud of our team, technology and the privacy-preserving revolution we are leading.”

Prof. Kurt Rohloff, chief technical officer and co-founder of Duality

Read our white paper and watch the interview with our team if you want to learn more about our collaboration with DARPA, our technology, and the Duality team driving this initiative.

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