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Masterclass by Dr. Trevor E. Carlson (NUS, Singapore) "Side-Channels in Modern Processors: How Can We Improve the State of Securing Today’s Systems?" (introduced by Paolo Maistri - AMfoRS team, and Arthur Perais - SLS team)

Seminar / AMfoRS, SLS

On June 21, 2024

"Side-Channels in Modern Processors: How Can We Improve the State of Securing Today’s Systems?"
By Dr. Trevor E. CARLSON - National University of Singapore
Introduced by Paolo MAISTRI (AMfoRS team) and Arthur PERAIS (SLS team)


Dear All,

We are pleased to invite you to a new masterclass in English on "Side-Channels in Modern Processors: How Can We Improve the State of Securing Today's Systems?" to be held on Friday June 21 at 9:30 am in the Barbillon amphitheater on the Grenoble-INP Viallet site.
This masterclass will be presented by Trevor E. Carlson, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the National University of Singapore.
This event will be an opportunity to deepen our knowledge and share ideas on current challenges in securing modern systems against auxiliary channel attacks.
As always, this conference aims to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines, and we strongly encourage researchers from other fields to attend.

A welcome coffee will be served from 9am.

Please find below a registration link as well as the presentation summary and Trevor E Carlson's biography.

We hope to see many of you there.

Registration link

Abstract: Modern processors today continue to leak data, in both speculative and non-speculative ways. We see a variety of new attacks, almost every week. But, while new attacks continue to be found, we have not seen significant proposals to change current systems to improve their security. Instead, we have seen one-off fixes by many CPU vendors as larger, more comprehensive changes could lead to significant performance penalties for common workloads. In this talk, we will discuss a number of our recent attacks, such as GadgetSpinner, PrefetchX and AfterImage. These attacks provide insight into the complexity of modern processors, but also their potential for new leaks in the systems we use every day. While we continue to look at one-off fixes for many of these issues, a new, systematic methodology is needed to help move the needle to significantly reduce the number and severity of these attacks.
Bio: Trevor E. Carlson is an Assistant Professor at the department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Carlson has received his PhD from Ghent University in 2014, his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and 2003, and completed a postdoc at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2017. Dr. Carlson’s research interests include several areas of computer architecture including efficient microarchitectures and accelerators, performance modeling, fast and scalable simulation methodologies, and secure processor designs. He co-designed the Sniper Multi-core Simulator which is being used by hundreds of researchers to evaluate the performance and power-efficiency of next generation systems which continues to be used to explore next-generation processor design. Dr. Carlson’s research has been published at leading journals and conferences in computer architecture and simulation such as the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), the International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), the International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), USENIX Security, and others. He has recently been awarded Amazon, Intel and VMWare Research Awards, and his work has received six Best Paper Awards or Best Paper Nominations in conferences such as the International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) and the International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS).


On June 21, 2024
Complément date

21/06/2024 - 09:30


Complément lieu

Grenoble INP - Amphi Barbillion

Submitted on June 14, 2024

Updated on June 19, 2024