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Robust and Energy-Secure Systems 2014 : IEEE JETCAS Special Issue on Robust and Energy-Secure Systems


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Submission Deadline Jan 31, 2014
Notification Due Mar 25, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 1, 2014

Call For Papers

Corresponding Guest Editor: Augusto Vega (IBM Research)
Other Guest Editors: Simha Sethumadhavan (Columbia University)
Subhasish Mitra (Stanford University)

Submissions due: Jan 31, 2014
Publication date: June 2014

The "power wall" has forced chip designers and system architects to
integrate novel power and thermal management control loops into
systems to enable smaller margins between nominal and worst-case
operating points. These management protocols create new challenges for
chip and system designers. Examples include control loop stability,
robustness of the management protocols, potential security
vulnerabilities in integrated control loops and management firmware,
and system security and safety challenges triggered by violations of
energy, reliability, power or thermal limits.

We have coined the term "robust and energy-secure systems" to cover
the broad range of research being pursued within industry and academia
to ensure reliable and secure operation of systems with integrated
power, reliability, and thermal management control loops.

Through this JETCAS special issue, we seek novel research papers on
holistic approaches to designing emerging on-chip control systems.
We solicit papers in the areas of energy/power/thermal management,
reliability, and security to provide a comprehensive view of the
hardware and software aspects of Robust and Energy-Secure Systems.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

o Holistic cross-layer energy, power, thermal and reliability
management solutions
o Robustness of system energy/power/thermal/reliability management:
verification, validation and design for verification
o Reliability and security holes exposed by energy/power/thermal
management protocols
o Guarded, two-level management protocols for safety, security and
low verification complexity
o Architectural implications of and system software support for
robust energy/power/thermal management
o Reliability and security issues in emerging low-power memory
o Power- and thermal-based side-channel attacks

Prospective authors should submit PDF versions of their papers
following the instructions provided on the JETCAS web-site: Submitted manuscripts should
not have been previously published nor should they be currently under
consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts will undergo a
peer review process according to the standard IEEE publication policy.

Important Dates

o Paper submission: January 31, 2014
o First round of reviews completed: February 21, 2014
o Revised manuscripts due: March 4, 2014
o Notification of acceptance: March 25, 2014
o Final manuscripts due date: April 1, 2014

Supporting Committee

o Dimitris Gizopoulos, University of Athens (Greece)
o Ramon Canal, UPC Barcelona (Spain)
o Hiroshi Nakamura, University of Tokyo (Japan)
o Pradip Bose, IBM Research (United States)
o Alper Buyuktosunoglu, IBM Research (United States)
o Hiroshi Sasaki, Kyushu University (Japan)


Contact Guest Editor: Augusto Vega (

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