ECE Team's Paper Chosen for IEEE Micro "Top Picks" Issue

Georgia Tech Named to This List for the First TIme

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ECE Associate Professor Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee (r) is pictured with his Ph.D. student Nak Hee Seong.

ECE Associate Professor Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee (r) is pictured with his Ph.D. student Nak Hee Seong. Their paper, co-written with former Ph.D. student Dong Hyuk Woo, is an IEEE Micro "Top Pick."

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A paper written by Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee and his research team is the first ever from Georgia Tech to be chosen for IEEE Micro
magazine's "Top Picks" issue. Published annually, this issue selects
the most significant papers from computer architecture conferences based
on novelty and long-term impact.

Being chosen for this honor is considered the equivalent to receiving a Best Paper Award. This year, IEEE Micro chose 11 papers to highlight.

An associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Tech, Dr. Lee co-wrote this paper entitled
"Security Refresh: Protecting Phase-Change Memory against Malicious Wear
Out" with his current Ph.D. student Nak Hee Seong and his former Ph.D.
student Dong Hyuk Woo. This work addressed the technological limitation
of an emerging memory technology known as Phase Change Memory (PCM).

PCM
provides benefits such as non-volatility, low-power, high-density with
access speed comparable to DRAM, yet more scalable in feature size.
Industries have been investigating PCM as a candidate to replace DRAM,
but PCM's usability is hindered by its limited write endurance. Dr. Lee
and his team proposed a novel, wear-leveling technique called security
refresh, which randomly shuffles the physical location of each memory
block to slow down wear-out caused by frequent writes to the same
locations. The scheme evens out the write distribution in the PCM space
and obfuscates address access patterns to prevent worst-case writes or
malicious exploits. Security refresh can effectively extend PCM's
lifetime to approach its theoretical limit, enabling its practical use
as an integral part of the system memory for future computing systems.

Last revised August 1, 2017