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13.02.2020

Dynamic power-aware scheduling of real-time tasks for FPGA-based cyber physical systems against power draining hardware trojan attacks

Zeitschrift:
The Journal of Supercomputing
Autoren:
Krishnendu Guha, Atanu Majumder, Debasri Saha, Amlan Chakrabarti
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Abstract

The present era has witnessed deployment of reconfigurable hardware or field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in diverse domains like automation and avionics, which are cyber physical in nature. Such cyber physical systems are associated with strict power budgets. Efficient real-time task-scheduling strategies exist that ensure execution of maximum number of tasks within the power budget. However, these do not consider hardware threats into account. Recent literature has exposed the existence of hardware trojan horses (HTHs). HTHs are malicious circuitry that remain dormant during testing and evade detection, but get activated at runtime to jeopardize operations. HTHs can be etched into the FPGA fabric by adversaries in the untrustworthy foundries, during fabrication of the FPGAs. Even vendors selling reconfigurable intellectual properties or bitstreams that configure the FPGA fabric for task operation may insert HTHs during writing the bitstream codes. HTHs may cause a variety of attacks which may affect the basic security primitives of the system like its integrity, confidentiality or availability. In this work, we explore how power draining ability of HTHs may reduce lifetime of the system. A self-aware approach is also proposed which detects the affected resources of the system and eradicates their use in future to facilitate system reliability. An offline–online scheduling strategy is proposed for periodic tasks which can ensure reliability of their operations till the expected lifetime of the system. Accommodating non-periodic tasks in the periodic task schedule based on available power is also focused. For experimentation, we consider tasks associated with EPFL benchmarks and demonstrate results based on the metric task success rate for periodic tasks and metric task rejection rate for non-periodic tasks.

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