DRAM is the most prevalent memory technology used in laptops, mobile phones, workstations and servers. As such, its security is paramount, yet DRAM attacks remain as viable as ever despite many attempts to resolve its security problems: as an example, recent work has shown that modern DRAM remains vulnerable to Rowhammer, and in fact, newer chips are even more vulnerable than older ones. DRAM is also plagued by additional forms of attack including side-channel, Denial-of-Service (DoS) and cold-boot attacks.

DRAM security defenses are now at an impasse: the research community’s proposals do not take the practical constraints of DRAM devices into consideration while the industry is adopting obscure and ineffective remedies. There are huge ongoing efforts in industry to design safer and more reliable DRAM. Unfortunately, most of these efforts receive little input from the academic community. The goal of this workshop is to bridge these communities and to seek contributions from both academia and industry on the broad topic of DRAM security.

Registration and workshop program

DRAMSec will be a virtual event, please register here. To attend DRAMSec, enter Oceanographic Room on the Virtual ISCA website that points to this link.

Here is the workshop schedule on June 17th and 18th depending on the timezone:

Time CEST (17th) Time EDT (17th) Time KST (18th) Topic
22:00 - 22:05 4:00 - 4:05 pm 5:00 - 5:05 am Welcome by chairs
22:05 - 22:50 4:05 - 4:50 pm 5:05 - 5:50 am Paper presentations
23:00 - 23:50 5:00 - 5:50 pm 6:00 - 6:50 am Keynote
00:00 - 00:50 6:00 - 6:50 pm 7:00 - 7:50 am Panel

Workshop papers

MAD: Memory Allocation meets Software Diversity
Manuel Wiesinger, Daniel Dorfmeister, and Stefan Brunthaler
Paper, Slides, Video

Panopticon: A Complete In-DRAM Rowhammer Mitigation
Tanj Bennett, Stefan Saroiu, Alec Wolman, and Lucian Cojocar
Paper, Slides, Video

Rethinking ECC in the Era of Row-Hammer (Invited Paper)
Moinuddin Qureshi
Paper, Slides, Video


Getting Hammered: The Bleak Future of Rowhammer Research

Herbert Bos
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

More information about the keynote can be found here.


Is Rowhammer here to stay?

Barbara Aichinger
FuturePlus Systems

Kuljit Bains

Daniel Genkin
University of Michigan

Taek Woon Kim
Samsung Electronics

Onur Mutlu
ETH Zürich

More information about the panelists can be found here.

Workshop chairs

Program committee


Based on the Researcher theme