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Stigmergy-Based Security for SoC Operations From Runtime Performance Degradation of SoC Components

Stigmergy-Based Security for SoC Operations From Runtime Performance Degradation of SoC Components The semiconductor design industry of the embedded era has embraced the globalization strategy for system on chip (SoC) design. This involves incorporation of various SoC components or intellectual properties (IPs), procured from various third-party IP (3PIP) vendors. However, trust of an SoC is challenged when a supplied IP is counterfeit or implanted with a Hardware Trojan Horse. Both roots of untrust may result in sudden performance degradation at runtime. None of the existing hardware security approaches organize the behavior of the IPs at the low level, to ensure timely completion of SoC operations. However, real-time SoC operations are always associated with a deadline, and a deadline miss due to sudden performance degradation of any of the IPs may jeopardize mission-critical applications. We seek refuge to the stigmergic behavior exhibited in insect colonies to propose a decentralized self-aware security approach. The self-aware security modules attached with each IP works based on the Observe-Decide-Act paradigm and not only detects vulnerability but also organizes behavior of the IPs dynamically at runtime so that the high-level objective of task completion before a deadline is ensured. Experimental validation and low overhead of our proposed security modules over various benchmark IPs and crypto SoCs depict the prospects of our proposed mechanism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) Association for Computing Machinery

Stigmergy-Based Security for SoC Operations From Runtime Performance Degradation of SoC Components

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2019 ACM
ISSN
1539-9087
eISSN
1558-3465
DOI
10.1145/3301279
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Abstract

The semiconductor design industry of the embedded era has embraced the globalization strategy for system on chip (SoC) design. This involves incorporation of various SoC components or intellectual properties (IPs), procured from various third-party IP (3PIP) vendors. However, trust of an SoC is challenged when a supplied IP is counterfeit or implanted with a Hardware Trojan Horse. Both roots of untrust may result in sudden performance degradation at runtime. None of the existing hardware security approaches organize the behavior of the IPs at the low level, to ensure timely completion of SoC operations. However, real-time SoC operations are always associated with a deadline, and a deadline miss due to sudden performance degradation of any of the IPs may jeopardize mission-critical applications. We seek refuge to the stigmergic behavior exhibited in insect colonies to propose a decentralized self-aware security approach. The self-aware security modules attached with each IP works based on the Observe-Decide-Act paradigm and not only detects vulnerability but also organizes behavior of the IPs dynamically at runtime so that the high-level objective of task completion before a deadline is ensured. Experimental validation and low overhead of our proposed security modules over various benchmark IPs and crypto SoCs depict the prospects of our proposed mechanism.

Journal

ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Mar 18, 2019

Keywords: Hardware Trojan Horses (HTH)

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