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Vakili, Shervin, Langlois, J.M. Pierre, Boughzala, Bochra, Savaria, Yvon.  2016.  Memory-Efficient String Matching for Intrusion Detection Systems Using a High-Precision Pattern Grouping Algorithm. Proceedings of the 2016 Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems. :37–42.

The increasing complexity of cyber-attacks necessitates the design of more efficient hardware architectures for real-time Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs). String matching is the main performance-demanding component of an IDS. An effective technique to design high-performance string matching engines is to partition the target set of strings into multiple subgroups and to use a parallel string matching hardware unit for each subgroup. This paper introduces a novel pattern grouping algorithm for heterogeneous bit-split string matching architectures. The proposed algorithm presents a reliable method to estimate the correlation between strings. The correlation factors are then used to find a preferred group for each string in a seed growing approach. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm achieves an average of 41% reduction in memory consumption compared to the best existing approach found in the literature, while offering orders of magnitude faster execution time compared to an exhaustive search.