Ravishankar K. Iyer

Ravi Iyer
University of Illinois
rkiyer [at] illinois.edu

Professor Ravishankar K. Iyer is the George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is interested in developing and analyzing techniques for developing secure and reliable systems. He leads several projects in that area. One project is the Reconfigurable Reliability and Security Engine. A common processor-level framework that can provide application-aware reliability and security is attractive and timely. The Reliability and Security Engine project is developing a common framework to provide a variety of application-aware techniques for error detection, masking of security vulnerabilities, and recovery under one umbrella, in a uniform, low-overhead manner. Hardware-implemented error-detection and security mechanisms are embedded as modules in the hardware-level framework, called the Reliability and Security Engine (RSE), which has been designed as an integral part of a superscalar microprocessor. The embedded hardware modules execute in parallel with the core pipeline. The goal of the project is to provide application-aware runtime-checking techniques to guard against both accidental failures and malicious attacks.