Information dispersion for trojan defense through high-level synthesis

S. T.Choden Konigsmark, Deming Chen, Martin D.F. Wong

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Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) heavily rely on hardware security for data and privacy protection. However, constantly increasing integration complexity requires automatic synthesis to maintain the pace of innovation. We introduce the first High-Level Synthesis (HLS) flow that produces a security enhanced hardware design to directly prevent Hardware Trojan Horse (HTH) injection by a malicious foundry. Through analysis of entropy loss and criticality decay, the presented algorithms implement highly efficient resource-targeted information dispersion to counter HTH insertion. The flow is evaluated on existing HLS benchmarks and a new IoT-specific benchmark and shows significant resource savings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342360
StatePublished - Jun 5 2016
Event53rd Annual ACM IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2016 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2016Jun 9 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Other53rd Annual ACM IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Hardware trojans
  • High-level synthesis
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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