Optimal trees for minimizing average individual updating cost

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Journal / PublicationTheoretical Computer Science
Volume607
Issue numberPart 3
Online published29 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2015

Abstract

Key tree is a popular model to maintain the security of group information sharing by using a tree structure to maintain the keys held by different users. Previously, researchers proved that to minimize the worst case updating cost in case of single user deletion, one needs to use a special 2-3 tree. In this paper, we study the average case for user update. We prove that in the optimal tree, the branching degree of every node can be bounded by 3 and furthermore the structure of the optimal tree can be pretty balanced. We also show the way to construct the optimal tree when there are loyal users in the group. Finally we discuss about the weighted case where different users have different probabilities to be the first one leaving the group. We design a polynomial time algorithm to construct the optimal tree when the number of different probabilities is a constant.

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  • Key tree, Optimality, Individual re-keying, Average case

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Optimal trees for minimizing average individual updating cost. / Guo, Sicen; Li, Minming; Zhao, Yingchao.

In: Theoretical Computer Science, Vol. 607, No. Part 3, 23.11.2015, p. 272-281.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal