David Kaeli

COE Distinguished Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program Director,  Data Science
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Khoury College of Computer Sciences


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Research Focus

Computer architecture; GPUs; heterogeneous computing; performance analysis; security and information assurance; hardware reliability and recovery; Big Data analytics; workload characterization


David Kaeli received a BS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. He is presently a COE Distinguished Processor on the ECE faculty at Northeastern University, Boston, MA where he directs the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Laboratory (NUCAR). Prior to joining Northeastern in 1993, Kaeli spent 12 years at IBM, the last 7 at T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.

Dr. Kaeli is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. In 1996, he received the NSF CAREER Award. He is a member of Institute for Complex Scientific Software and the Institute for Information Assurance.  His Laboratory is a NVIDIA CUDA Research Center, an AMD Strategic Academic Partner, and a HSA Center of Excellence in Heterogeneous Computing.


  • PhD, Rutgers University, 1992.

Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Distinguished Scientist, Association of Computing Machinery
  • Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, HSA Foundation

Research Overview

Computer architecture; GPUs; heterogeneous computing; performance analysis; security and information assurance; hardware reliability and recovery; Big Data analytics; workload characterization

Selected Research Projects

  • Porting and Accelerating High Performance Computing Applications to the AMD ROCm Runtime Environment
    Principal Investigator, AMD
  • A Framework of Simultaneous Acceleration and Storage Reduction on Deep Neural Networks Using Structured Matrices
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Exploring Analysis of Environment and Health Through Multiple Alternative Clustering
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
    Principal Investigator, Defense Advanced Research Agency

Research Centers and Institutes

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • T. Baruah, Y. Sun, A. Dincer, S. Mojumder, J. Abellan, Y. U., A. Josh, N. Rubin, J. Kim, D. Kaeli, “Griffin: Hardware-Software Support for Efficient Page Migration in Multi-GPU Systems,” Proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture, 2020, 596-609.
  • C. Li, Y. Sun, L. Jin, L. Xu, Z. Cao, P. Fan, D. Kaeli, S. Ma, Y. Guo, J. Yang, “Priority-Based PCIe Scheduling for Multi-Tenant Multi-GPU Systems,” IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, 18(2), 2019, 157-160.
  • F. Previlon, C. Kalra, D. Tiwari, D. Kaeli, “Characterizing and Exploiting Soft Error Vulnerability Phase Behavior in GPU Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 2020.
  • Z.H. Liang, Y. Fei, D. Kaeli, “Exploiting Bank Conflict based Side-channel Timing Leakage of GPUs,” 16(4), 2019, 1-24.
  • Y. Sun, T. Baruah, S. A. Mojumder, S. Dong, X. Gong, S. Treadway, Y. Bao, S. Hance, C. McCardwell, V. Zhao, H. Barclay, A.K. Ziabari, Z. Chen, R. Ubal, J.L. Abellán, J. Kim, A. Joshi, D. Kaeli, MGPUSim: Enabling Multi-GPU Performance Modeling and Optimization, Proceedings of the 46th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA ‘19), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2019, 197-209


Mar 03, 2021

ECE PhD Student Wins 1st Place at CGO 2021

Computer Engineering PhD student Malith Jayaweera won First Place in the student research competition at the International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) 2021 for his research on “Data vs Instructions: Runtime Code Generation for Convolutions”.


Sep 16, 2020

Using a Heterogeneous Multi-GPU Cluster to Support Exploration at Scale

ECE Professor David Kaeli and Assistant Professors Yanzhi Wang, Xue Lin, and Devesh Tiwari were awarded a $570K NSF grant for the “Acquisition of a Heterogeneous Multi-GPU Cluster to Support Exploration at Scale.”


Apr 22, 2020

David Kaeli to serve as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization

ECE Professor David Kaeli has been appointed to serve as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization.


Apr 17, 2020

Researchers Receive $100K NSF RAPID Grant for Drug Supply Chain Shortages

MIE Assistant Professor Jacqueline Griffin, ECE Professor David Kaeli, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, and affiliate faculty Stacy Marsella & Casper Harteveld were awarded a $100K NSF RAPID grant for “Rapid Monitoring and Assessment of Critical Pharmaceutical Supply Chains.” The work will be done in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy at MGH and OrbitalRx.

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Mar 23, 2020

PROTECT Research Center: Continuing a Bold Mission for Environmental Health

This week, the PROTECT multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research center, led by Akram Alshawabkeh, Director of PROTECT, and Snell Professor of Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, was awarded a five-year $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue and expand its work. This next phase of PROTECT research will include the study of an additional 1,000 pregnant women and look at a mixture of chemicals beyond the initial two suspect chemical classes.

Spotlight Story

Nov 20, 2019

Thinking Out of the Box at Toyota Research Institute

When Amanda Zhu graduated from Northeastern University in May of 2018 with a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering, she only had to wait a month before she started working at the Toyota Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originating from China, Zhu graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in […]


Oct 24, 2019

Yifan Sun and NUCAR Research Lab featured in HiPEAC News

Computer Engineering PhD student Yifan Sun and the NUCAR Research Lab were featured in the latest edition of the European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC) News.


Apr 05, 2019

Congratulations RISE:2019 Winners

Congratulations to our engineering students who won awards at the RISE:2019 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo!


Oct 25, 2018

ECE Student Awarded Patent

ECE PhD student Yifan Sun has been awarded a US patent while completing his co-op at EMC. This patent is only 1 of 5 patent applications that have been submitted by EMC, listing Yifan as a co-inventor.  Yifan Sun is a member of the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Laboratory. Abstract Source: USPTO A method implemented […]


Sep 28, 2018

DARPA Funding Announced for Professor Kaeli

COE Distinguished Professor David Kaeli has received a 3-year $753K DARPA Software-Defined Hardware TA-2 grant titled “Mitchell,” as part of a 3-partner team that includes Systems Technology Research and Purdue University.

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