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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  • 617.373.5413

Research Focus

Computer architecture; GPUs; heterogeneous computing; performance analysis; security, data privacy and encryption; hardware reliability and recovery; simulation; and 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 Professor on the ECE faculty at Northeastern University, Boston, MA where he directs the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Laboratory (NUCAR), which is an AMD Strategic Academic Partner. 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 of the ACM. In 1996, he received the NSF CAREER Award. He is a member of the NIEHS-supported P42 PROTECT Center, the NSF CHEST IUCRC, and Northeastern’s Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence.


  • PhD, Rutgers University, 1992.

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Fellow, Association of Computing Machinery
  • 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

Leadership Positions

  • Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization

Research Overview

Computer architecture; GPUs; heterogeneous computing; performance analysis; security, data privacy and encryption; hardware reliability and recovery; simulation; and workload characterization

Computer Architecture Research Laboratory

The Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research (NUCAR) laboratory carries out cutting-edge research in high performance, reliable and secure computing hardware and software systems. Research spans a range of topics, including hardware accelerators, heterogeneous computing, microarchitecture-level security, hardware reliability, and scalable AI/ML computing frameworks. The lab carries out use-inspired research that has been supported by the NSF, NIH, NIEHS, DARPA, ONR and AFRL, as well as many companies including AMD, NVIDIA, Intel, Dell/EMC, Samsung, Analog Devices and Qualcomm. The laboratory plays a role in a number of other centers at Northeastern, including CenSSIS, PROTECT, ALERT and CHEST.


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Selected Publications

  • K. Shivdikar, Y. Bao, R. Agrawal, M. Shen, G. Jonatan, E. Mora, A. Ingare, N. Livesay, J. L. Abellán, J. Kim, A. Joshi, and D. Kaeli, “GME: GPU-based Microarchitectural Extensions to Accelerate Homomorphic Encryption,” Proceedings of the 56th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO ’23), 2023, 670–684. https://doi.org/10.1145/3613424.3614279
  • 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.
  • 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


Jul 24, 2024

PhD Spotlight: Julian Gutierrez, PhD’24, Computer Engineering

Julian Gutierrez, PhD’24, computer engineering, focused research on the development of a new class of high-performance algorithms used in Global Navigation Satellite Systems. After graduating, he joined as a computer research engineer at the Safety Critical Avionics Systems Branch at NASA Langley Research Center.


Jul 09, 2024

$4.8M NSF Renewal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Grant

Khoury/ECE Associate Professor Wil Robertson, ECE Distinguished Professor David Kaeli, and Affiliated Faculty Guevara Noubir were awarded a $4.8 million NSF renewal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program grant for “Securing the Future: Scholarship for Service at Northeastern University.”


Dec 07, 2023

2023 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2% of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes those […]


Oct 27, 2023

Electrical Engineer’s Path From the Dominican Republic to Northeastern University

Cesar Manuel De Oleo, E’26, electrical engineering, participated in the Undergraduate Program for Leaders In Future Transformation (UPLIFT) program. As a first-year student, he participated in research on parallel computing. He has learned buildup of C programming, algorithms, libraries, and programming in CUDA and help his research.


Aug 07, 2023

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU Pathways) completes 10 week Boston program

MIE Professor Ibrahim Zeid and STEM Executive Director Claire Duggan led a 10-week NSF-funded REU program called “REU Pathways,” which mentors community college students in engineering research.

David Kaeli


Jul 24, 2023

Enabling Data Privacy with GPU-Accelerated Encryption

ECE Professor David Kaeli, in collaboration with Ajay Joshi from Boston University, was awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for “Architecting GPUs for Practical Homomorphic Encryption-based Computing.”


Apr 13, 2023

Northeastern University to have Strong Presence at ACM CHI 2023

The most prestigious human–computer interaction conference in the world is taking place in Hamburg, Germany this month, and researchers from Khoury College, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts, Media and Design are ready. Their work, which touches on everything from parrot socialization to deceptive dark patterns to social media misinformation, has made […]


Sep 26, 2022

Impact Engines Spur Multidisciplinary Research Innovation to Solve Global Challenges

Northeastern University has selected its first cohort of Impact Engines to ignite measurable change in problem-solving, three of the five of which are led by engineering faculty.

Jacqueline Griffin, David Kaeli, Ozlem Ergun, Stacy Marsella & Casper Harteveld


Aug 25, 2022

Addressing Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Issues

MIE Associate Professor Jacqueline Griffin, ECE Professor David Kaeli, MIE Professor Ozlem Ergun, and affiliate faculty members Stacy Marsella and Casper Harteveld were awarded a $750k NSF grant for “Designing an Improved Information Infrastructure for Better Decision Making in Pharmaceutical Supply Chains.”


May 23, 2022

Computer Engineering PhD Wins Best Poster at CF22

Computer engineering student Nicolas Agostini, PhD’23, advised by ECE Professor David Kaeli, won the best poster award at the 19th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers (CF22) for his poster on “SODA-OPT an MLIR based flow for co-design and high-level synthesis.”

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