Farhad Merchant

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Current HiWis

  • Daniyar Kizatov
  • Milos Bratic

Past Students

  • Jure Vreca (master)
  • Lukas Juenger (master)
  • Harshit Srivastava (bachelor)
  • Abhishek Adhave (bachelor)
  • Pankti Shah (bachelor -  DAAD)
  • Marwin Kirchhofs (bachelor)
  • Karl Sturm (bachelor)
  • Mohil Desai (bachelor - DAAD)
  • Masoom Panda (bachelor - DAAD)
  • Kirthihan Yasotharan (master)

Biography

Farhad Merchant received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India), in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis title was "Algorithm-Architecture Co-design for Dense Linear Algebra Computations." He received the DAAD fellowship during his PhD. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, from March 2016 to December 2016. In December 2016, he moved to Corporate Research in Robert Bosch in Bangalore as a Researcher, where he worked on numerical methods for ordinary differential equations. He joined Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems, RWTH Aachen University, in December 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chair for Software for Systems on Silicon. Farhad is the recipient of the HiPEAC technology transfer award in 2019.

Research Interests

  • Hardware Security
  • Hardware Assisted Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Performance Modeling
  • Computer Arithmetic

Publications

Publications from Apr/ 2021 to Dec/ 2017

Saxena, V., Reddy, A., Jonathan, N., Gustafson, J. L., Sangeeth, N., Leupers, R. and Merchant, F.: Brightening the Optical Flow through Posit Arithmetic, in International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), Apr. 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Alouani, I., BEN KHALIFA, A., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: An Investigation on Inherent Robustness of Posit Data Representation, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Feb. 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Rai, S., Garg, S., Pilato, C., Herdt, V., Moussavi, E., Šišejković, D., Karri, R., Drechsler, R., Merchant, F. and Kumar, A.: Vertical IP Protection of the Next-Generation Devices: Quo Vadis?, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), IEEE, 2021, accepted for publication


Polian, I., Altmann, F., Arul, T., Boit, C., Brederlaw, R., Davi, L., Drechsler, R., Du, N., Eisenbarth, T., Gü­ney­su, T., Hermann, S., Hiller, M., Leupers, R., Merchant, F., Mussenbrock, T., Katzenbeisser, S., Kumar, A., Kunz, W., Mikolajick, T., Pachauri, V., Seifert, J.-P., Torres, F. S. and Trommer, J.: Nano Security: From Nano-Electronics to Secure Systems, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), IEEE, 2021, accepted for publication


Merchant, F., Šišejković, D., Reimann, L. M., Yasotharan, K., Grass, T. and Leupers, R.: ANDROMEDA: An FPGA Based RISC-V MPSoC Exploration Framework, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Guntoro, A., De La Parra, C., Merchant, F., De Dinechin, F., Gustafson, J. L., Langhammer, M., Leupers, R. and Sangeeth, N.: Next Generation Arithmetic for Edge Computing, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), 2020, 10.23919/DATE48585.2020.9116196 ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Leupers, R. and Kegreiß, S.: Scaling Logic Locking Schemes to Multi-Module Hardware Designs, in Architecture of Computing Systems (ARCS 2020), Springer International Publishing, 2020 ©2020 IEEE


VREČA, J. , Sturm, K. J. X., GUNGL, E., Merchant, F., BIENTINESI, P., Leupers, R. and Brezočnik, Z.: Accelerating Deep Learning Inference in Constrained Embedded Devices Using Hardware Loops and a Dot Product Unit, in IEEE Access, 2020, 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3022824} ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Srivastava, H., Hallawa, A. and Leupers, R.: Challenging the Security of Logic Locking Schemes in the Era of Deep Learning: A Neuroevolutionary Approach, in ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), ACM, p. 25, 2020, accepted for publication


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Leupers, R., Giacometti, M. and Kegreiß, S.: A Secure Hardware-Software Solution Based on RISC-V, Logic Locking and Microkernel, in Proceedings of the 23nd International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems (SCOPES), p. 62–65, Association for Computing Machinery, 2020, 10.1145/3378678.3391886 ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kegreiß, S.: Inter-Lock: Logic Encryption for Processor Cores Beyond Module Boundaries, in 2019 IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS), pp. 1-6, May. 2019, ISSN: 1530-1877, 10.1109/ETS.2019.8791528 ©2019 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kegreiß, S.: Control-Lock: Securing Processor Cores Against Software-Controlled Hardware Trojans, in Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI'19), May. 2019, 10.1145/3299874.3317983 ©2019 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kiefer, V.: A Critical Evaluation of the Paradigm Shift in the Design of Logic Encryption Algorithms, in 2019 International Symposium on VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT), IEEE, p. 4, Apr. 2019, 10.1109/VLSI-DAT.2019.8741531 ©2019 IEEE


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K., Narayan, R. and Leupers, R.: Applying Modified Householder Transform to Kalman Filter, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Jan. 2019, 10.1109/VLSID.2019.00092


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K., Narayan, R. and Leupers, R.: A Systematic Approach for Acceleration of Matrix-Vector Operations in CGRA through Algorithm-Architecture Co-design, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Jan. 2019


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: Protecting the Integrity of Processor Cores with Logic Encryption, in 2019 32nd IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference (SOCC), pp. 424-425, 2019, 10.1109/SOCC46988.2019.1570564157 ©2019 IEEE


Chaurasiya, R., John, G., Shrestha, R., Jonathan, N., Sangeeth, N., Kaustav, N., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: Parameterized Posit Arithmetic Hardware Generator, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), pp. 334-341, Oct. 2018, 10.1109/ICCD.2018.00057 ©2018 IEEE


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K. and Narayan, R.: Achieving Efficient Realization of Kalman Filter on CGRA through Algorithm-Architecture Co-design, in Applied Reconfigurable Computing, May. 2018, 10.1007/978-3-319-78890-6


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K. and Narayan, R.: Efficient Realization of Householder Transform through Algorithm-Architecture Co-design for Acceleration of QR Factorization, in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE, Mar. 2018, 10.1109/TPDS.2018.2803820 ©2018 IEEE


Merchant, F., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K. and Narayan, R.: Accelerating BLAS and LAPACK via Efficient Floating Point Architecture Design, in Parallel Processing Letters, Vol. 27, No. 03n04, World Scientific, pp. 1--17, Dec. 2017, 10.1142/S0129626417500062


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