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

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been conducting interdisciplinary research that cuts across device, circuit, and architecture for power-efficient computing. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), BAE Systems, AMD, IBM, Samsung, and Microsoft; the total funding amount pledged by these agencies is more than $3.5 million to date.  Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I was a senior research scientist with Intel from 2004 to 2008, where I conducted research in power-efficient digital circuit and process architecture.  I have published more than 120 refereed articles in highly-selective conferences and journals in the field of digital circuit, processor architecture, and computer-aided design.  My top five most frequently cited papers have more than 2800 combined citations and the total number of combined citations for all my papers exceeds 4800.  I have also served several prominent international conferences and a journal such as IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Computer Microarchitecture (MICRO), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC), and ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems as a technical program committee and an associate editor.  I was a recipient of the IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Student Design Contest Award in 2001, Intel Fellowship in 2002, IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Best Paper Award in 2003, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2011 and 2012, and University of Wisconsin Villas Associates Award in 2015. I am the first Korean member of IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) Hall of Fame. Recognizing my exceptional achievements, the department awarded me the early tenure in 2013 –the first early tenure case approved by the department in more than 10 years. I am an IEEE senior member and I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Master and Bachelor’s degree 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

Spring 2014-2015

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

    I am an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been conducting interdisciplinary research that cuts across device, circuit, and architecture for power-efficient computing. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), BAE Systems, AMD, IBM, Samsung, and Microsoft; the total funding amount pledged by these agencies is more than $3.5 million to date.  Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I was a senior research scientist with Intel from 2004 to 2008, where I conducted research in power-efficient digital circuit and process architecture.  I have published more than 120 refereed articles in highly-selective conferences and journals in the field of digital circuit, processor architecture, and computer-aided design.  My top five most frequently cited papers have more than 2800 combined citations and the total number of combined citations for all my papers exceeds 4800.  I have also served several prominent international conferences and a journal such as IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Computer Microarchitecture (MICRO), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC), and ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems as a technical program committee and an associate editor.  I was a recipient of the IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Student Design Contest Award in 2001, Intel Fellowship in 2002, IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Best Paper Award in 2003, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2011 and 2012, and University of Wisconsin Villas Associates Award in 2015. I am the first Korean member of IEEE/ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) Hall of Fame. Recognizing my exceptional achievements, the department awarded me the early tenure in 2013 –the first early tenure case approved by the department in more than 10 years. I am an IEEE senior member and I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Master and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


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