Neuromorphic Hardware Security

Background

Machine learning, big-data and internet-of-things are some of the emerging computing applications which are extremely demanding in terms of storage, energy and performance. While conventional von Neumann architectures are facing significant challenges to cope with such demands, computing-in-memory architectures in general and neuro-inspired architectures, in particular, represent a promising solution to overcome these limitations.

Description

This Master/Bachelor Thesis aims to investigate novel Hardware Security vulnerabilities and their countermeasure of neuromorphic computing architecture. In particular, the student will have the unique opportunity to work with the real ReRAM crossbars to perform measurements within our labs.

Tasks

Among others, these steps must be done:

  • Literature research about hardware attacks
  • Circuit simulation of the attack
  • Experiment with real-world ReRAM cells to verify the attack
  • Design and implementation of a countermeasure to mitigate the attack 
  • Evaluation and verification

Supervisor

Felix Staudigl

Requirements

You will need to have ...

  • ... an interest in hardware development, circuit design, hardware security
  • ... good knowledge of circuit simulation

In case of interest, please send me an email including the following:

  • Very short motivational letter (4-6 sentences)
  • Latest transcript of records 
  • A brief description of your background and CV (if available)