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Paper IDD5-S4-T4.2
Paper Title Timely Private Information Retrieval
Authors Karim Banawan, Alexandria University, Egypt; Ahmed Arafa, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States; Sennur Ulukus, University of Maryland- College Park, United States
Session D5-S4-T4: Private Information Retreival IV
Chaired Session: Friday, 16 July, 23:00 - 23:20
Engagement Session: Friday, 16 July, 23:20 - 23:40
Abstract We introduce the problem of \emph{timely} private information retrieval (PIR) from $N$ non-colluding and replicated servers. In this problem, a user desires to retrieve a message out of $M$ messages from the servers, whose contents are continuously updating. The retrieval process should be executed in a timely manner such that no information is leaked about the identity of the message. To assess the timeliness, we use the \emph{age of information} (AoI) metric. Interestingly, the timely PIR problem reduces to an AoI minimization subject to PIR constraints under \emph{asymmetric traffic}. We explicitly characterize the optimal tradeoff between the PIR rate and the AoI metric (peak AoI or average AoI) for the case of $N=2$, $M=3$. Further, we provide some structural insights on the general problem with arbitrary $N$, $M$.