Carnegie Mellon University

Hyong Kim

Hyong Kim

Drew D. Perkins Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, CMU-Thailand

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Professor Hyong Kim has been at Carnegie Mellon University since 1990 where he is currently the Drew D. Perkins Chaired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He received the B.Eng. (Honours) degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.  His primary research areas are advanced switching architectures, fault-tolerant, reliable, and secure network and computer system architectures, and distributed computing and network management systems.  His Tera ATM switch architecture developed at CMU has been licensed for commercialization to AMD and Samsung. In 1995, Dr. Kim founded Scalable Networks, a Gigabit-Ethernet switching startup.  Scalable Networks was later acquired by FORE Systems in 1996. In 2000, Dr. Kim founded AcceLight Networks, an optical networking startup, and was CEO of AcceLight Networks until 2002.

He founded and directed CyLab Korea, an international cooperative research center, in Carnegie Mellon University from 2004 to 2008. He is an author of over 130 published papers and holds over 10 patents in networking and computing technologies.


Ph.D., 1990 
Electrical Engineering 
University of Toronto

MASc, 1987 
Electrical Engineering 
University of Toronto

BEng, 1984 
Electrical Engineering 
McGill University


Scalable QoS Switch Architecture

Design and implementation of scalable switch architectures for large networks with varying quality of service. In addition to performance design metrics, implementation metrics such as power, space, and cost effectiveness are explored in the design of switch architectures.

Converged Network Architectures

Design of unifying network architectures based on GMPLS control plane for various existing and future services. Research issues include intelligent traffic management, secure and fault-tolerant control plane, management of multi-layer and cross-layer interactions, and optimization of network resources in multi-layer networks.

System Management of VM based Cloud Computing

Design and development of control and management system for heterogeneous and virtualized computing clusters. Research issues include VM dependency in resource allocation, VM process migration, power optimization, and dependable & fault-tolerant operation.


  • Cloud computing control and management
  • Fault-tolerant network architectures
  • Network management and control
  • Advanced switch and network architectures