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Project Portmeirion aims to explore hardware-software co-design for security in the Azure general-purpose compute stack. We are working with major CPU vendors and academic collaborators to design new security features at both the architectural and microarchitectural level. This includes hardware-enforced memory safety for systems programming languages, fine-grained sandboxing, scalable enclave technologies, and infrastructure programming languages that can take advantage of all of these features.

The project includes Microsoft Research’s engagement with the Digital Security by Design Industrial Strategy Challenge fund. This programme aims to provide hardware-backed solutions to the largest cybersecurity challenges facing the world today. We are actively collaborating with ARM, the University of Cambridge, and others on the CHERI architecture extensions as embodied by ARM’s Morello development platform.

See also related projects; Project Verona and Project Everest.

snmalloc memory allocator




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Boris Köpf

Principal Researcher

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David Chisnall

Principal Researcher

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Hongyan Xia


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Matthew Parkinson

Principal Researcher

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Nathaniel Filardo

Senior Researcher

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Robert Norton-Wright

Senior Researcher

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Sylvan Clebsch

Principal Research Software Development Engineer