Call for Papers

ESSA19: Workshop on Energy-Secure System Architectures in Conjunction with the 12th IEEE HOST 2019 (International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security And Trust)




We invite you to participate in the Workshop on Energy-Secure System Architectures held in conjunction with the 12th IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST 2019) at McLean, VA, USA. From May 9th to May 10th.




Extended Abstracts must be in English and up to 4 pages.

Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and included in the workshop report.

Selected papers presented in the workshop will be invited to submit revised (updated) versions to a peer-reviewed special issue of IEEE Security and Privacy


TOPICS OF INTEREST (but not limited to)


Power, noise and thermal management solutions for modern multi-core platforms: with a focus on reliability and security challenges.

Verification and design for verification of system-level power, noise and thermal managers: predeployment safeguards against security breaches.

Reliability and security holes exposed by power/thermal management protocols: specific examples of attack scenarios.

Security-aware dynamic power management: software-hardware architectural concepts.

Use of machine learning/deep learning (ML/DL) principles in safeguarding against energy attacks in processors, server systems and data-centers.

Architectural implications of and system software support for energy-secure systems.

Security and reliability issues in emerging low power processor and memory technology.

Resilience and security challenges of ultra-low power cognitive IoT systems Energy-secure artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Metrics for quantifying energy-security of computing systems.




The “power wall” has forced chip and system architects to design with smaller margins between nominal and worst-case operating points. Dynamic power, voltage noise and thermal management control loops have already become an integral part of chip and system design. New research papers in “wear out” and general reliability management have recently been published.


These new generation management protocols have, however, opened up other sources of concern: e.g. control loop stability and robustness of the management protocols. The potential security holes exposed by the integrated control loops and system safety issues triggered by potential violations of power or thermal limits are other areas of concern. Also, side channel attack scenarios enabled by modulated power profiles have been documented in prior research.


We seek to motivate the research community into adopting a holistic approach to mitigating the power wall and the concomitant reliability-security wall. We have coined the term “Energy-Secure System Architectures” to cover the range of research being pursued within industry and academia in order to ensure robust and secure functionality, while meeting the energy-related constraints of the “green computing” era. This segmented workshop offering, composed of lectures provided by experts in the areas of power/thermal management, reliability and security, provides a comprehensive view of the hardware and software aspects of Energy-Secure System Architectures




Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Acceptance Decision: March 15th, 2019

Final Submission: April 5th, 2019

Presentation Slides: April 26th, 2019




Saibal Mukhopadhyay, Georgia Tech University

Pradip Bose, IBM Research

Alper Buyuktosunoglu, IBM Research

Augusto Vega, IBM Research

Francisco J. Cazorla, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Simha Sethumadhavan, Columbia University

Moinuddin Qureshi, Georgia Tech University

Edward Suh, Cornell University

Sanu Matthew, Intel Corporation




Saibal Mukhopadhyay, Georgia Tech University

Pradip Bose, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center




Saibal Mukhopadhyay – saibal@ece.gatech.edu

Pradip Bose – pbose@us.ibm.com


More info at www.essa-workshop.org

CFP ESSA19 Energy-Secure System Architectures Workshop (May 9-10), McLean, VA, USA.