We are participating at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, which is the largest European conference and trade show on High-Performance Computing. You can meet us on Wednesday in the exhibition hall at the HiPEAC booth (A-1430) from 10:00-13:30 and at the Gauss-Allianz boot from 16:00-18:00.
The protection of computer systems and the information they store have gained massive importance in our modern society. Over the last years, we have worked in the area of hardware accelerated cryptographic attacks. In particular, we have studied how so-called Cold-Boot Attacks can be accelerated with the help of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The full source code of our work is now available online.
Wires just four atoms wide that change from being insulators to electrical conductors when struck by a laser pulse have been studied by researchers from Paderborn and Duisburg. The team has shown that the phase transition can occur as fast as quantum mechanics allows, something that was not previously thought possible. The technique could prove useful, e.g., for ultrafast detectors.