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We are getting closer and closer to Graphene’s v1 release - and our community is very eager to discover what this fantastic team has been up to in the months after we decided to “unfork” and start collaborating, Golem, Intel, ITL, and the original researchers, Chia-Che and Don.
We have already introduced Chia-Che Tsai, who told us how vital was Mona’s role in kickstarting a more formalized workflow that paved the way for the growth of Graphene. From Chia-Che’s thesis to a full-blown project, Graphene has undoubtedly defied expectations.
I got in touch with Mona, and asked her a few questions to understand her background, her interests and where Intel Labs stands in the working group -
(This interview has been edited and condensed)
MP: Can you tell me a little bit about your background?
Mona: I graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Delhi and then I moved to Portland, Oregon. In 95’ I joined a company called Sequent Computer Systems. I joined Intel back in '97 as a security and privacy researcher, and I've just remained in the same team through all these years. A lot of the work I've done is in systems and security and virtualization space. I've worked on several virtual machine monitors like KVM, Xen in the early days and worked on secure microkernels like L4.
I've pretty much been a researcher through my career, and now I lead a small team of seven researchers that focus on cloud security solutions.
The story starts somewhat around 2013. I was doing more of operating systems type research work when I moved back to the Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) team and started looking at how to extend Intel SGX for servers. During the time, Intel SGX was just released, in ...
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