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David Kaeli

COE Distinguished Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering


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  • 333 Dana Research Center
  • 617.373.5413

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

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Selected Publications

  • A. Villegas, R. Asenjo, A. Navarro, O. Plata D. Kaeli, Lightweight Hardware Transactional Memory for GPU Scratchpad Memory, in IEEE Transactions on Computers, 67(6), 2018, 816-829
  • C. Lunardi, F. Previlon, D. Kaeli, P. Rech, On the Efficacy of ECC and the Benefits of FinFET Transistor Layout for GPU Reliability, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 2018
  • Y. Sun, S. Mukherjee, T. Baruah, S. Dong, J. Gutierrez, P. Mohan, D. Kaeli, Evaluating Performance Tradeoffs on the Radeon Open Compute Platform, IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software, May 2018, 209-218.
  • C. Luo, Y. Fei, L. Zhang, A. Ding, P. Luo, S. Mukherjee D. Kaeli, Power Analysis Attack of an AES GPU Implementation, Journal of Hardware System Security, 2(1), 2018, 69-82

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.


Sep 12, 2018

$13.2M NIH Award for Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh has been awarded $13.2M over five years from the National Institutes of Health to lead a renewal of the multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research project, entitled, “Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico (ECHO-PRO).


Sep 06, 2018

Creating an Optimal Sharing Economy

Professors Ozlem Ergun (MIE), Haris Koutsopoulos (CEE), and Jennie Stephens (CSSH/Affiliated CEE) were awarded a $99K NSF grant for a “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Sharing economy – Humans, Automation, Resilience and Engineering: SHARE”.


May 01, 2018

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.


Apr 13, 2018

Computer Architecture Laboratory Wins Best Paper Award at 2018 ACM International Conference

Congratulations to the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Laboratory for receiving the Best Paper Award at the 2018 ACM International Conference on Performance Engineering held in Berlin, Germany April 9-13, 2018. The paper is titled "Characterizing the Microarchitectural Implications of a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) Execution on GPUs," and was authored by Shi Dong, Xiang Gong, Yifan […]


Apr 06, 2018

ECE Students Win Best Poster at 2018 RISE Expo

Two Northeastern ECE graduate students, Kaustubh Shivdikar and Julian Gutierrez, along with external collaborator Tad Gallion and advisor Professor David Kaeli, led a team of 3 ECE undergraduates (freshmen), and received first prize for the top poster in the "Computer and Information Sciences" in the graduate category at the 2018 RISE Expo. This is the 3rd year […]

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