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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 578363, 10 pages
Research Article

QoSS Hierarchical NoC-Based Architecture for MPSoC Dynamic Protection

1Microelectronics Laboratory, Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo, 05508900 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo, 01109010 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Information and Communication Science and Technology Laboratory, University of South Brittanny, 56100 Lorient, France

Received 20 January 2012; Revised 15 May 2012; Accepted 15 May 2012

Academic Editor: Elmar Melcher

Copyright © 2012 Johanna Sepulveda et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As electronic systems are pervading our lives, MPSoC (multiprocessor system-on-chip) security is becoming an important requirement. MPSoCs are able to support multiple applications on the same chip. The challenge is to provide MPSoC security that makes possible a trustworthy system that meets the performance and security requirements of all the applications. The network-on-chip (NoC) can be used to efficiently incorporate security. Our work proposes the implementation of QoSS (quality of security service) to overcome present MPSoC vulnerabilities. QoSS is a novel concept for data protection that introduces security as a dimension of QoS. QoSS takes advantage of the NoC wide system visibility and critical role in enabling system operation, exploiting the NoC components to detect and prevent a wide range of attacks. In this paper, we present the implementation of a layered dynamic security NoC architecture that integrates agile and dynamic security firewalls in order to detect attacks based on different security rules. We evaluate the effectiveness of our approach over several MPSoCs scenarios and estimate their impact on the overall performance. We show that our architecture can perform a fast detection of a wide range of attacks and a fast configuration of different security policies for several MPSoC applications.