Dr. Eun Jung Kim, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has received a 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her research in high performance computing.
NSF awards the prestigious CAREER grants to outstanding junior faculty members to help them advance their research and teaching activities. Kim's project, "Communication-Centric Chip Multiprocessor Design" will continue through 2014.
"The ever-shrinking feature size in processor technology has enabled the integration of a large number of devices such as cores, caches, and other special engines on a single chip. The growing popularity of Chip Multiprocessors (CMPs) has ushered in the arrival of a communication-centric system where the design of the interconnection architecture has a significant impact on the overall system performance, power dissipation, and area of a chip," Kim said. "To overcome traditional interconnect problems, Network-on-chip (NoC), using switch-based networks, has been widely accepted as a promising architecture to orchestrate chip-wide communication."
"Although there has been significant research on NoC designs, there is still a lack of a unified design methodology integrating system and NoC design."
Dr. Kim seeks to develop a comprehensive design paradigm for exploring the on-chip interconnect design space, especially focusing on how it interacts with the rest of the CMP architecture. The research is already being integrated into education curriculum through existing and new graduate courses, and in undergraduate research programs in the department of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University.
Kim joined the faculty at Texas A&M in September 2003 after receiving her Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Her teaching and research interests include computer architecture, power efficient systems, parallel and distributed systems, computer networks, cluster computing, quality of service support in cluster networks and performance evaluation.
The NSF established the CAREER program to support junior faculty within the context of their overall career development, combining in a single program the support of research and education of the highest quality in the broadest sense. Through this program, the NSF emphasizes the importance of the early development of academic careers dedicated to simulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. For more on the NSF and the CAREER program, visit http://www.nsf.gov.
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