Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) ’Network Interface Cards for enhanced Reliability’

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Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) "Network Interface Cards for enhanced Reliability"

13.02.2023, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Chair of Integrated Systems at TU Munich is offering a Doctoral Researcher position on the topic of Network interface cards for enhanced reliability.

The Chair of Integrated Systems at TU Munich is working on multi- and many-core processor architectures in application domains like IP network processing, visual computing, automotive electronics and approximate computing. Solutions shall be optimized for various - often divergent - objectives, e.g. power efficiency, high performance and fault tolerance. We apply a platform based design approach by reusing already existing design components (IP cores) and complementing the architecture by specific extensions for the intended optimizations.

Making systems resilient in terms of faults, attacks, and overload situations is a more and more relevant requirement in many application domains. Within the DFG Priority Program "Resilience in Connected Worlds - Mastering Failures, Overload, Attacks, and the Unexpected (Resilient Worlds)", SPP 2378 we investigate intelligent extensions to be realized on smart network interface cards (SmartNICs) to support resilient communication over the network. Our target approach is a hardware/software co-design approach adapted to the network stack running on the host computer and may use e.g. network coding for traffic flows, which need protection. The goal is to propose a HyperNIC with appropriate hardware-based packet processing functions that together with the network stack on the host provides resilience functionalities for high-speed communication networks.

We do the mentioned investigations in tight cooperation with the TUM Chair of Network Architectures and Services. Our common goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed concepts via an FPGA-based prototype as part of a small network testbed.

We are looking for one full-time scientific staff member for an initial duration of 3 years with the option of prolongation. The position is available from 01.05.2023. Employment is according to the TV-L wage agreement group E13. Condition for employment is a Master’s degree in electrical or computer engineering. Previous knowledge in several of the following areas is required:

  • Heterogeneous multicore processing systems,
  • Data communication, coding techniques and associated protocols,
  • System simulation using e.g. SystemC or Omnet++,
  • HDL-based digital circuit and system design,
  • Xilinx FPGA prototyping platforms and the associated design flow / tools.

We encourage qualified applicants to send their application documents (CV, certificates and any other relevant papers) by not later than 31.03.2023 to:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Herkersdorf Technical University of Munich Chair of Integrated Systems Arcisstr. 21
80333 Munich


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TUM is especially encouraging minorities and women to apply, because of its strong commitment to diversity in engineering education, research, and practice. In case of equal qualification, handicapped persons will be preferably employed.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 183919.

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