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Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud

24 Sep 2015 Dallas - Dr. Zhiqiang Lin, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas, is working to advance the field of Cloud computing, and in the process, has developed a technique that allows one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for invasions or viruses. Dr. Lin's research has earned the assistant professor of computer science a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which provides him with $500,000 in funding for five years.

"Dr. Lin's technical achievements are significant", stated Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, executive director of the UT Dallas Cyber Security Research and Education Institute and the Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Jonsson School. "He has developed a highly novel method to carry out virtual machine introspection and will be exploring this area further."

Virtual machine introspection is the viewing of a virtual machine's actions from the outside.

"Virtual machine introspection is a useful technique for protecting cloud applications, as many hosting providers offer services on virtual machines to their clients", stated doctoral student Erick Bauman, who works in Dr. Lin's Systems and Software Security Lab.

"Being able to view the state of a virtual machine allows the provider to detect malicious intruders and viruses while still protecting the monitoring system. For the general public, this means better security for their online services."

One challenge in virtual machine introspection is that a semantic gap exists between the data structures that the virtual machine understands and the raw bytes viewable from the outside that provide little contextual information. With the CAREER Award, Dr. Lin will develop principles and techniques to automatically bridge the gap.

"A significant amount of manual effort is needed with new methods of virtual security because of the semantic gap dilemma", stated Dr. Lin, who is also a member of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute.

"It is consequently tedious and time-consuming to enable virtual security for different operating systems and even different versions of the same system."

Dr. Lin said that several solutions to solving the semantic gap problem require installing certain modules, but these modules can be compromised. Other issues arise when the guest operating software is upgraded and the virtual users must manually upgrade these guest modules as well, creating problems for Cloud providers and users.

Dr. Lin has been reusing compiled code that already understands the semantics of the virtual machine's data structures. The existing code can process data from the virtual machine and allow for analysis of the activities occurring inside. He is hopeful that the reuse of existing code may be the key to bridging the gap and solving most of the problems.

Dr. Lin also is a recipient of a Young Investigator Research Program grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research where his research is focusing on binary code analysis for malware detection.

"His research progress is crucial to combat the cybersecurity threats we face daily", Dr. Thuraisingham stated.
Source: University of Texas at Dallas

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...