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Nano Security: From Nano-Electronics to Secure Systems

Ilia Polian; Frank Altmann; Tolga Arul; Christian Boit; Ralf Brederlow; Lucas Davi; Rolf Drechsler; Nan Du; Thomas Eisenbarth; Tim Güneysu; Sascha Hermann; Matthias Hiller; Rainer Leupers; Farhad Merchant; Thomas Mussenbrock; Stefan Katzenbeisser; Akash Kumar; Wolfgang Kunz; Thomas Mikolajick; Vivek Pachauri; Jean-Pierre Seifert; Frank Sill Torres; Jens Trommer
In: Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE). Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE-2021), February 1-5, Grenoble, France, 2021.


The field of computer hardware stands at the verge of a revolution driven by recent breakthroughs in emerging nanodevices. “Nano Security” is a new Priority Program recently approved by DFG, the German Research Council. This initialstage project initiative at the crossroads of nano-electronics and hardware-oriented security includes 11 projects with a total of 23 Principal Investigators from 18 German institutions. It considers the interplay between security and nano-electronics, focusing on a dichotomy which emerging nano devices (and their architectural implications) have on system security. The projects within the Priority Program consider both: potential security threats and vulnerabilities stemming from novel nano-electronics, and innovative approaches to establishing and improving system security based on nano-electronics. This paper provides an overview of the Priority Program’s overall philosophy and discusses the scientific objectives of its individual projects.