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Oct 23 2020

Security: The Next Grand Challenge for Hardware Design

ECE 595 Department Seminar Series

October 23, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Chicago, IL 60706

Security: The Next Grand Challenge for Hardware Design

Presenter:Kanad Basu, University of Florida

Abstract: Anti‐virus software (AVS) tools are used to detect malware in a system. However, software‐based AVS are vulnerable to attacks. A malicious entity can exploit these vulnerabilities to subvert the AVS. Recently, hardware components such as hardware performance counters (HPC) have been used for malware detection. In this talk, we will discuss HPC‐based techniques for improving system security and privacy. Subsequently, we will discuss their pitfalls. We will present PREEMPT, a zero overhead, high‐accuracy and low‐latency technique to detect malware by re‐purposing the embedded trace buffer (ETB), a debug hardware component available in most modern processors. The ETB is used for post‐silicon validation and debug and allows us to control and monitor the internal activities of a chip, beyond what is provided by the Input/Output pins. PREEMPT combines these hardware‐level observations with machine learning‐based classifiers to preempt malware before it can cause damage. Unill now, we have considered the hardware as a trusted system in comparison to an untrusted software. Finally, we will present some challenges of designing trusted hardware in an era of globalization and discuss some of the solutions to address these issues.

Speaker bio: Kanad Basu received his PhD from the department of computer and information science and engineering at the University of Florida. His thesis was focused on improving signal observability for post‐silicon validation. Kanad interned at Intel while at University of Florida. Post‐degree, Kanad worked for various semiconductor companies including IBM and Synopsys. Currently, Kanad is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas, where he leads the Trustworthy and Intelligent Embedded Systems (TIES) lab. Prior to his current position, Kanad was an assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU. He holds two US patents, has authored two book chapters and several peer-reviewed journal and conference articles. Kanad was awarded the ”Best Paper Award” at the International Conference on VLSI Design 2011. Kanad’s current research interests are hardware and systems security as well as deep learning hardware.

Faculty host: Natasha Devroye, and Wenjing Rao,

This presentation will not be recorded


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date posted

Oct 30, 2020

Date updated

Oct 30, 2020