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Field Stripping a Weapons System: Building a Trustworthy Computer (video)

November 2019 Video
Gabriel Somlo

Watch SEI principal investigator Dr. Gabriel Somlo discuss research to demonstrate the practicality of guaranteeing the trustworthiness of DoD fielded computer systems.


Software Engineering Institute



The goal of this project is to demonstrate the practicality of a comprehensive approach to guaranteeing the trustworthiness of computer systems. It will focus on building a fully Linux-capable
computer on top of a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), using open source CPU and system-on-chip (SoC) designs compiled with an open source HDL toolchain. This would be the first known
prototype of an open source, self-hosting hardware and software platform capable of empirically proving that a fielded system’s trust is equivalent to that of its collected sets of sources (hardware, software, and build tool chains).