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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute
TitleA Security Monitoring Service for NoCs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsFiorin, L., G. Palermo, and C. Silvano
Conference NameSixth IEEE/ACM/IFIP International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis (CODES+ISSS'08)
Date Published10/2008
Conference LocationAtlanta, Georgia, USA.
Keywordsembedded systems, multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC), network-on-chip (NoC), security

As computing and communications increasingly pervade our lives, security and protection of sensitive data and systems are emerging as extremely important issues. Networks-on- Chip (NoCs) have appeared as design strategy to cope with the rapid increase in complexity of Multiprocessor Systems- on-Chip (MPSoCs), but only recently research community have addressed security on NoC-based architectures. In this paper, we present a monitoring system for NoC based architectures, whose goal is to help detect security violations carried out against the system.Information col- lected are sent to a central unit for efficiently counteracting actions performed by attackers.We detail the design of the basic blocks and analyse overhead associated with the ASIC implementation of the monitoring system, discussing type of security threats that it can help detect and counteract.