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Nanditha Rao

Assistant Professor & Warden (Women’s Hostel)

Phone: 918041407777


  • Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

Nanditha Rao obtained her B.E in Electronics & Communication Engineering from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Her work focused on studying the impact of single event upsets (soft errors) on digital logic circuits and on FinFET based device layouts.

Prior to joining the PhD programme, she worked as a Hardware design engineer (Signal Integrity) at Intel Technologies, Bangalore for a period of  six years.

At Intel, she was responsible for signal integrity simulations of motherboard interconnects, interacted with customers on design guidelines and specialized in buffer modeling.  She was selected to be part of a 4-member team representing Intel, to talk about Intel next-generation platform overview to 16 Intel customers in Asia Pacific region. This was part of the customer tour to ODMs/OEMs in Korea, Taiwan and Japan in Nov-Dec 2006. 
She received 13 ‘spontaneous recognition awards’ and one ‘divisional recognition award’ at Intel.

She was awarded the “Institute Organizational Citation” at IIT Bombay. This is awarded to graduating students in recognition of the contribution to institute's organizational activities during the entire stay in the institute.

Her research interests are in the area of computer architecture: Cache compression, FPGA based system designs, cache side-channel attacks (Spectre, Meltdown etc) and radiation tolerant/hardened designs. She is exploring the area of machine learning hardware accelerators, prefetchers and technology which could be used in rural areas. 

Link to the Resume


Research Interests

  • Impact of single event upsets on an FPGA based design, Spectre attack on RISC-V cores, compressed caches and prefetchers, Compressed cache designs, Mitigation of Spectre/Flush-Reload attacks, Convolutional neural networks on an FPGA, Sensors for use in agriculture

Selected Publications

Pls refer to Link to the Resume, for the latest updates.

  • Sai Dheeraj Nadella, Alan Israel, Gnaneswara Reddy, Nanditha Rao and Madhav Rao, “A dual threshold voltage modified dynamic power cutoff technique to consolidate leakage and speed in a VLSI subsystem”, CONECCT 2019
  • Jhalak Sharma, Subir Roy, Nanditha Rao, “Fault injection framework to study the soft error resilience of RISC-V cores on the FPGA”, RISC-V-Workshop Zurich, 2019
  • Shreya Joshi, Subir Roy, Nanditha Rao, “Cache compression using variable base BDI technique for RISC-V processors”, RISC-V-Workshop Zurich, 2019
  • Nanditha Rao, Madhav Desai, “The likelihood of multiple bit-flips due to neutron strikes and its implications on circuit designs”, 26th IEEE International Symposium on the Physical and Failure Analysis of Integrated Circuits, Hangzhou, China, 2019
  • Nanditha P. Rao, Madhav P. Desai, “Quantification of the likelihood of single event multiple transients in logic circuits in bulk CMOS technology,” Microelectronics Journal, Volume 72, 2018, Pages 86-99
  • N. P. Rao and M. P. Desai, "A Detailed Characterization of Errors in Logic Circuits due to Single-Event Transients," Digital System Design (DSD), 2015 Euromicro Conference, Funchal, 2015, pp. 714-721. doi: 10.1109/DSD.2015.58
  • Poster Presentation: Nanditha P Rao, Shahbaz Sarik and Madhav P Desai,“On the likelihood of multiple bit upsets in logic circuits”, VLSI Design Conference 2014, Mumbai, India.
  • Presentation: Reed Nelson, Sara Stille, Nanditha Rao, Steve Hall, Scott Gilbert, Tony Lewis, Tal Israeli, ‘Impact of halogen free stackup on Pcie signaling’ in the PCI-SIG conference in Santaclara, June 2010.
  • Presentation: Nanditha Rao, “De-emphasis buffer modeling issues with IBIS”, in the Asian IBIS Summit, Tokyo, Nov 2008. (
  • Presentation: Nanditha Rao, Sara Stille, “Signal integrity challenges and design practices on a mobile platform” in the PCI-SIG conference in Munich, Nov 2007.
  • T. N. Ruckmongathan, Nanditha Rao P., and Ankita Prasad, “Wavelets for Displaying Gray Shades in LCDs”, SID (Society of Information Display) Symposium Digest of Technical Papers, May 2005, USA, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp. 168-171.


ESD: 803- Processor architecture (iMTech/MTech elective: Spring semester)

  • Evolution of processors, evaluating processor's performance,  
  • Data and control path
  • Instruction set architecture, instruction execution
  • Pipelining, pipeline hazards
  • Data forwarding and branch prediction
  • Instruction level parallelism, speculation, multiple issue processors, out of order execution
  • Memory hierarchy, caches, replacement policies and improving cache performance

EG 201- Computer architecture (iMTech core course: Fall semester- 3rd semester)

  • Computer components, bus interconnections
  • Integer arithmetic
  • Instruction set architecture, addressing modes
  • Intro to 8085 and programming the peripherals
  • Memory- DRAM, caches, virtual memory
  • I/O and interrupts
  • Example processor studies: Intel Pentium and ARM Cortex

Research & Consulting


Currently advising 4 MS(Research) students

Several Mtech students are working on research projects as part of the course.

Summer/winter interns are also encouraged.


1. Award: MITACS Globalink research award- internship program: $6000

Title of the project: Fault injection framework to study the soft error resilience of FPGA based systems

With Prof. Otmane Ait Mohamed, Concordia university and MS Student: Jhalak Sharma

2. Award: SERB Core Research Grant: Rs.28 lakhs

Title of the project: Microarchitectural techniques to design a secure processor

With Prof. Subir Roy

3. Award: IIITB Seed grant: Rs.5 lakhs

Title of the project: Efficient processor design with better last level cache compression techniques



other Information

Office: 133-E

Extension number: 163