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Thesis: Comparing the effects of radiation on current key storage solutions and on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)

Verfasst: 7. Mär 2017 19:32
von athanagn
Master thesis student position

Comparing the effects of radiation on current key storage
solutions and on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
being used as key storage

The Security Engineering group of TU Darmstadt ( is looking for a student to work on the effects of radiation on different key storage solutions as the topic of a master thesis. The student will have to both study current literature on this field and also contact practical radiation experiments in collaboration with Klinikum Darmstadt. This thesis will be offered in collaboration with Klinikum Darmstadt, with which a partnership already exists.

Work objectives

We want to test how current key storage components, such as DRAM and Flash memory, respond to radiation, in order to determine their suitability in high-radiation environments, such as nuclear plants or the outer space. In addition, we also want to examine whether PUFs may prove to be more resistant to radiation than current key storage solutions and could potentially more easily recover from non-persistent faults.
We would therefore like you to work with the STM Discovery and STM Nucleo boards in order to produce code which can access current key storage memory regions and inherent PUFs, and which can then be used to check the integrity of keys stored there. You would then proceed to optimise such code and test the different key storage solutions under radiation, in experiments organised in Klinikum Darmstadt.
Finally, you would work on a thesis based on relevant literature and the results of the experiments you have conducted.

Your profile

You need to:
→ be creative and willing to work towards your goal.
→ be able to adhere to safety rules, guidelines and procedures.
→ have good programming skills in C and C++, especially for embedded systems.
→ be able to work on both Windows and Linux.
→ be able to write reports and present your results in English.

Comprehensive hands-on experience in embedded systems and evaluation boards is a major advantage, but not a formal requirement. An interest in particle physics and/or knowledge of physics beyond the secondary school level is also a further advantage.

Contact us

If you're interested in working on this exciting topic and on contacting practical radiation experiments on memories and other key storage components, please contact:
http://www.seceng.informatik.tu-darmsta ... stopoulos/