DATE 2021 became a virtual conference due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic (click here for more details)

Taking into consideration the continued erratic development of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying restrictions of worldwide travelling as well as the safety and health of the DATE community, the Organizing Committees decided to host DATE 2021 as a virtual conference in early February 2021. Unfortunately, the current situation does not allow a face-to-face conference in Grenoble, France.

The Organizing Committees are working intensively to create a virtual conference that gives as much of a real conference atmosphere as possible.

IP5_2 Interactive Presentations

Date: Wednesday, 03 February 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Interactive Presentations run simultaneously during a 30-minute slot. Additionally, each IP paper is briefly introduced in a one-minute presentation in a corresponding regular session

Label Presentation Title
Authors
IP5_2.1 TOWARDS A FIRMWARE TPM ON RISC-V
Speaker:
Marouene Boubakri, University of Carthage, TN
Authors:
Marouene Boubakri1, Fausto Chiatante2 and Belhassen Zouari1
1Mediatron Lab, Higher School of Communications of Tunis, University of Carthage, Tunisia, TN; 2NXP, FR
Abstract
To develop the next generation of Internet of Things, Edge devices and systems which leverage progress in enabling technologies such as 5G, distributed computing and artificial intelligence (AI), several requirements need to be developed and put in place to make the devices smarter. A major requirement for all the above applications is the long-term security and trust computing infrastructure. Trusted Computing requires the introduction inside of the platform of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Traditionally, a TPM was a discrete and dedicated module plugged into the platform to give TPM capabilities. Recently, processors manufacturers started integrating trusted computing features into their processors. A significant drawback of this approach is the need for a permanent modification of the processor microarchitecture. In this context, we suggest an analysis and a design of a software-only TPM for RISC-V processors based on seL4 microkernel and OP-TEE
IP5_2.2 RISC-V FOR REAL-TIME MCUS - SOFTWARE OPTIMIZATION AND MICROARCHITECTURAL GAP ANALYSIS
Speaker:
Robert Balas, ETH Zurich, CH
Authors:
Robert Balas1 and Luca Benini2
1ETH Zürich, CH; 2Università di Bologna and ETH Zurich, IT
Abstract
Processors using the RISC-V ISA are finding increasing real use in IoT and embedded systems in the MCU segment. However, many real-life use cases in this segment have real-time constraints. In this paper we analyze the current state of real-time support for RISC-V with respect to the ISA, available hardware and software stack focusing on the RV32IMC subset of the ISA. As a reference point, we use the CV32E40P, an open-source industrially supported RV32IMFC core and FreeRTOS, a popular open-source real-time operating system, to do a baseline characterization. We perform a series of software optimizations on the vanilla RISC-V FreeRTOS port where we also explore and make use of ISA and micro-architectural features, improving the context switch time by 25% and the interrupt latency by 33% in the average and 20% in the worst-case run on a CV32E40P when evaluated on a power control unit firmware and synthetic benchmarks. This improved version serves then in a comparison against the ARM Cortex-M series, which in turn allows us to highlight gaps and challenges to be tackled in the RISC-V ISA as well as in the hardware/software ecosystem to achieve competitive maturity.