Nam Sung Kim

Associate Professor

3627 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 890-2616
Fax: (608) 262-1267

Primary Affiliation:
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Additional Affiliations:
Computer Sciences,


Profile Summary

Nam Sung Kim is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research that cuts across device, circuit, and architecture for power-efficient computing. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), AMD, IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, and Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, He was a senior research scientist at Intel from 2004 to 2008, where he conducted research in power-efficient digital circuit and processor architecture. Nam Sung Kim has published more than 100 refereed articles to highly-selective conferences and journals in the field of digital circuit, processor architecture, and computer-aided design. The top five most frequently cited papers have more than 2500 combined citations and  the total number of combined citations of all his papers exceeds 4100. He also has served several prominent international conferences as a technical program committee member. Nam Sung Kim was early tenured and the recipient of IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Student Design Contest Award in 2001, Intel Fellowship in 2002, and IEEE International Conference on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Best Paper Award in 2003, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2011 and 2012. His current research interest is designing robust, low-power computing systems in nanoscale technology. He is an IEEE senior member and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and both an M.S. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Education

  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, Ph. D. in Computer Science and Engineering (2004)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - Taejon, Korea, M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2000)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - Taejon, Korea, B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1997)

Research Interests

  • Technology, circuit, and architecture co-design for variation-tolerant, low-power computing systems including general/special-purpose multi/many-core processors
  • Biomimetic and neuromorphic computing systems
  • Reliable, process-variation tolerant, and low-power computer architecture and VLSI system design

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • IEEE Senior Member
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2011/2012
  • National Science Foundation - CAREER Award, 2010
  • University of Michigan Distinguished Dissertation Award Nomination, 2004
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Int. Symp. on Microarchitecture, 2003
  • Samsung Electronics Human Tech Thesis Prize, 1997/2003
  • Intel Graduate Fellowship, 2002
  • Design Automation Conference Student Design Contest Award, 2001

Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Kriszitan Flautner, Nam Sung Kim, Steven Martin, David Blaauw, and Trevor Mudge, “Drowsy Caches: Simple Techniques for Reducing Leakage Power,” in Proc. of IEEE/ACM Int. Symp. on Computer Architecture (ISCA), pp. 148-157, 10 pages, May 2002. (cited by 638 as of Oct 2012)
  • [Best Paper Award] Dan Ernst, Nam Sung Kim, et al., “Razor: A Low-Power Pipeline Based on Circuit-Level Timing Speculation,” in Proc. of IEEE/ACM Int. Symp. on Microarchitecture (MICRO), pp. 7-18, 12 pages, Dec 2003. (cited by 558 as of Oct 2012)
  • [Cover Feature of Month] Nam Sung Kim, Todd Austin, David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, Kriszitan Flautner, Jie S. Hu, Mary Jane Irwin, Mahmut Kandemir, and Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, “Leakage Current — Moore’s Law Meets Static Power,” IEEE Computer, vol. 36, no. 12, pp. 68-75, 8 pages, Dec 2003 (cited by 489 as of Oct 2012).
  • Nam Sung Kim, Kriszitan Flautner, David Blaauw, and Trevor Mudge, “Drowsy Instruction Caches – Reducing Leakage Power using Dynamic Voltage Scaling and Cache Sub-bank Prediction,” in Proc. of IEEE/ACM Int. Symp. on Microarchitecture (MICRO), pp. 219-230, 12 pages, Nov 2002. (cited by 148 as of Oct 2012).
  • [Top pick of Year 2004] Dan Ernst, Shidhartha Das, Seokwoo Lee, David Blaauw, Todd Austin, Trevor Mudge, Nam Sung Kim, Krisztián Flautner, “Razor: Circuit-Level Correction of Timing Errors for Low-Power Operation,” IEEE Micro, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 10~20, 11 pages, Dec 2004. (cited by 148 as of Oct 2012).
  • Nam Sung Kim, Kriszitan Flautner, David Blaauw, and Trevor Mudge, “Circuit and Microarchitectural Techniques for Reducing Cache Leakage Power,” IEEE Transactions on Very Large Integration (VLSI) Systems (TVLSI), vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 167-184, 18 pages, Feb 2004. (cited by 134 as of Oct 2012)

 

Courses

Summer 2014

  • ECE 999 - Advanced Independent Study

  • ECE 990 - Research or Thesis
  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ECE 399 - Independent Study
  • ECE 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ECE 990 - Research or Thesis
  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    Nam Sung Kim is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research that cuts across device, circuit, and architecture for power-efficient computing. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), AMD, IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, and Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, He was a senior research scientist at Intel from 2004 to 2008, where he conducted research in power-efficient digital circuit and processor architecture. Nam Sung Kim has published more than 100 refereed articles to highly-selective conferences and journals in the field of digital circuit, processor architecture, and computer-aided design. The top five most frequently cited papers have more than 2500 combined citations and  the total number of combined citations of all his papers exceeds 4100. He also has served several prominent international conferences as a technical program committee member. Nam Sung Kim was early tenured and the recipient of IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Student Design Contest Award in 2001, Intel Fellowship in 2002, and IEEE International Conference on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Best Paper Award in 2003, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2011 and 2012. His current research interest is designing robust, low-power computing systems in nanoscale technology. He is an IEEE senior member and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and both an M.S. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


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