Practical public PUF enabled by solving max-flow problem on chip

Abstract

The execution-simulation gap (ESG) is a fundamental property of public physical unclonable function (PPUF), which exploits the time gap between direct IC execution and computer simulation. ESG needs to consider both advanced computing scheme, including parallel and approximate computing scheme, and IC physical realization. In this paper, we propose a novel PPUF design, whose execution is equivalent to solving the hard-to-parallel and hard-toapproximate max-flow problem in a complete graph on chip. Thus, max-flow problem can be used as the simulation model to bound the ESG rigorously. To enable an efficient physical realization, we propose a crossbar structure and adopt source degeneration technique to map the graph topology on chip. The di↵erence on asymptotic scaling between execution delay and simulation time is examined in the experimental results. The measurability of output difference is also verified to prove the physical practicality.

Publication
In ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
Meng Li
Meng Li
Staff Research Scientist

I am currently a staff research scientist and tech lead in the Meta On-Device AI team with a focus on researching and productizing efficient AI algorithms and hardwares for next generation AR/VR devices. I received my Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. David Z. Pan and my bachelor degree in Peking University under the supervision of Prof. Ru Huang and Prof. Runsheng Wang. My research interests include efficient and secure AI algorithms and systems.

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