Combination Networks with or Without Secrecy Constraints: The Impact of Caching Relays

Ahmed A. Zewail, Aylin Yener

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This paper considers a two-hop network architecture known as a combination network, where a layer of relay nodes connects a server to a set of end users. In particular, a new model is investigated, where the intermediate relays employ caches in addition to the end users. First, a new centralized coded caching scheme is developed that utilizes maximum distance separable coding, jointly optimizes cache placement and delivery phase, and enables decomposing the combination network into a set virtual multicast sub-network. It is shown that if the sum of the memory of an end user and its connected relay nodes is sufficient to store the database, then the server can disengage in the delivery phase and all the end users' requests can be satisfied by the caches in the network. Lower bounds on the normalized delivery load using genie-aided cut-set arguments are presented along with second hop optimality. Next, recognizing the information security concerns of coded caching, this new model is studied under three different secrecy settings: 1) secure delivery where we require an external entity that must not gain any information about the database files by observing the transmitted signals over the network links; 2) secure caching, where we impose the constraint that end users must not be able to obtain any information about files that they did not request; and 3) both secure delivery and secure caching, simultaneously. We demonstrate how network topology affects the system performance under these secrecy requirements. Finally, we provide numerical results demonstrating the system performance in each of the settings considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8374866
Pages (from-to)1140-1152
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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