A major Programme milestone achieved
DSbD celebrates a major Programme milestone of making the prototype Architecture specification and the Morello Platform Model publicly available for broad access. These come together with a whole host of releases from Arm that include an Open Source Software project and tool chains, a support forum and technical reference manuals.
Developers, architects, researchers and innovators have a unique opportunity to experiment with and investigate the use of DSbD technologies for increased software and system security. This cuts across current, anticipated and future scenarios that could benefit from fine-grained memory protection and software compartmentalisation that can enable high granularity requirements.
We encourage everyone who has a role in delivering safe and secure systems to explore the range of possibilities against use cases and associated scenarios and to start thinking how they can make a broader impact to a more secure future through the use of DSbD technologies. As people evolve in their understanding of this new approach to security, we invite everyone to think through the dependencies, requirements and range of complexities for the adoption of DSbD technologies within industrial applications as well as secured-by-design future products and services.
How to get involved in the Programme
The journey has already started. We are building the core capability with the Arm-led consortium to enable people to join our Programme. DSbD’s major milestone with the public releases is the start of your journey and the opportunity for you to experiment, understand and ultimately play a part in fixing a chronic problem that concerns the whole digital infrastructure and systems security. These releases aim to lay a foundation for the enablement of the DSbD ecosystem and to help you build up groundwork with a potential to position strongly when the Morello hardware board becomes available (targeted from early 2022). Funding opportunities will be available across a range of engagement and collaboration initiatives:
- SME-oriented detailed investigation aligned with the general availability of the Morello Platform Model – Q4 2020
- Collaborative R&D on software environments, tool chain development, system software and cross stack concepts – Q4 2021
- Industry-led market demonstrators – Expression of interest and full project proposal in Q1 & Q3 2021
- Social science driven capacity-building and stakeholder concertation activities – Social Science Hub+ project running throughout DSbD
- SME outreach engagement aligned with the availability of the Morello hardware board
(Note: the above timings are indicative and may be subject to change)
Author: Georgios Papadakis – Senior Innovation Lead, Digital Security by Design
More information… (where to find what):
DSbD-funded Arm Morello Program – milestone reached – press release: https://www.arm.com/company/news/2020/10/morello-program-one-year-on
The Morello Platform Model is available to download from Arm’s Ecosystem Platform Model Developer page
Compendium of all current Arm Morello releases – see under ‘Resources’: https://developer.arm.com/morello
DSbD technologies are pioneering across academia and industry, and there is even more of a greater need and opportunity to drive and demonstrate strengthened resilience to address the previous market failures in computer processors.