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Embedded Systems Lab wins ISQED Best Paper Award

CISE PhD student Yuanwen Huang and his advisor Prof. Prabhat Mishra won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED 2016) for their paper entitled “Reliability and Energy-aware Cache Reconfiguration for Embedded Systems”.
This paper has developed optimization techniques to balance conflicting design constraints such as energy and reliability. Cache  vulnerability  due  to  soft  errors  is  one  of the  reliability  concerns  in  embedded  systems.  Dynamic  reconfiguration  techniques  are  widely  studied  for  improving  cache energy  without  considering  the  implications  of  cache  vulnerability.  Maintaining  a  useful  data  longer  in  the  cache  can  be beneficial  for  energy  improvement  due  to  reduction  in  miss rates,  however,  longer  data  retention  negatively  impacts  the vulnerability due to soft errors. This paper studies the trade-off between energy efficiency improvement and reduction in cache vulnerability   during   cache   reconfiguration.
Embedded Systems Lab conducts cutting-edge research on a broad range of topics related to energy-aware computing, system-level validation, hardware security and trust, and post-silicon debug. Specifically, we develop efficient optimization algorithms for improving overall energy, security and reliability of embedded systems. You can visit for related research efforts and publications.