Secure communication protocol for network-on-chip with authenticated encryption and recovery mechanism

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In recent times, Network-on-Chip (NoC) has become state of the art for communication in Multiprocessor System-on-Chip due to the existing scalability issues in this area. However, these systems are exposed to security threats such as extraction of secret information. Therefore, the need for secure communication arises in such environments. In this work, we present a communication protocol based on authenticated encryption with recovery mechanisms to establish secure end-to-end communication between the NoC nodes. In addition, a selected key agreement approach required for secure communication is implemented. The security functionality is located in the network adapter of each processing element. If data is tampered with or deleted during transmission, recovery mechanisms ensure that the corrupted data is retransmitted by the network adapter without the need of interference from the processing element. We simulated and implemented the complete system with SystemC TLM using the NoC simulation platform PANACA. Our results show that we can keep a high rate of correctly transmitted information even when attackers infiltrated the NoC system.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP)
EditorsMiquel Pericas, Dionisios N. Pnevmatikatos, Pedro Petersen Moura Trancoso, Ioannis Sourdis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665483087
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85140965795
Mendeley bf88bec4-c8b5-32ca-9fd2-a0f5fdd0a6d0
dblp conf/asap/HaaseJFG22
unpaywall 10.1109/asap54787.2022.00033



  • SystemC TLM, Simulation, Authentication, MPSoC, Network-on-Chip, Encryption, Security, Recovery Mechanism