Towards an efficient intellectual property protection in dynamically reconfigurable FPGAS

Adewale Adetomi, Godwin Enemali, Tughrul Arslan

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Abstract

The trend in computing is towards the use of FPGAS to improve performance at reduced costs. An indication of this is the adoption of FPGAS for data centre and server application acceleration by notable technological giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Baidu. The continued protection of Intellectual Properties (IPs) on the FPGA has thus become both more important and challenging. To facilitate IP security, FPGA vendors have provided bitstream authentication and encryption. However, advancements in FPGA programming technology have engendered a bitstream manipulation technique like partial bitstream relocation (PBR), which is promising in terms of reducing bitstream storage cost and facilitating adaptability. Meanwhile, encrypted bitstreams are not amenable to PBR. In this paper, we present three methods for performing encrypted PBR with varying overheads of resources and time. These methods ensure that PBR can be applied to bitstreams without losing the protection of IPs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies, EST 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages150-156
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538640173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
Event7th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies, EST 2017 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 7th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies, EST 2017

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies, EST 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period6/09/178/09/17

Keywords

  • ATAL
  • bitstream authentication
  • bitstream encryption
  • bitstream relocation
  • ICAP controller
  • IP security
  • Splixbit

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