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Microprocessor design has recently encountered many constraints such as power, energy, reliability, and temperature. Among these challenging issues, temperature-related issues have become especially important within the past several years. We summarize recent thermal management techniques for microprocessors, focusing on those that affect or rely on the(More)
Process variation is a challenging problem in 3D microprocessors, since it adversely affects performance, power, and reliability of 3D microprocessors, which in turn results in yield losses. In this paper, we propose a novel architectural scheme that exploits the narrow-width value for yield improvement of last-level caches in 3D microprocessors. In a(More)
One of the most important hurdles of technology scaling is process variations, i.e., variations in device characteristics. Process variations cause large fluctuations in performance and power consumption in the manufactured chips. In addition, these fluctuations cause reductions in the chip yields. In this work, we present an analysis of a representative(More)
Software-based attestation schemes aim at proving the integrity of code and data residing on a platform to a verifying party. However, they do not bind the hardware characteristics to the attestation protocol and are vulnerable to impersonation attacks. We present PUFatt, a new automatable method for linking software-based attestation to intrinsic device(More)
The instruction cache has been recognized as one of the least hot units in microprocessors, which leaves the instruction cache largely ignored in on-chip thermal management. Consequently, thermal sensors are not allocated near the instruction cache. However, malicious codes can exploit the deficiency in this empirical design and heat up fine-grain localized(More)
As technology scales down, energy/power consumption in the microprocessor has become a serious problem. Especially, as the industry moves on to multi-core processor systems, energy/power management in multi-core systems has become more and more important. In this paper, we propose new DVFS technique in multi-core systems. Our proposed technique finds the(More)
A strong physically unclonable function (PUF) is a circuit structure that extracts an exponential number of unique chip signatures from a bounded number of circuit components. The strong PUF unique signatures can enable a variety of low-overhead security and intellectual property protection protocols applicable to several computing platforms. This paper(More)