Saman Amarasinghe

Saman Amarasinghe
  • Position: Professor
  • Office: 32-G744
  • Phone: +1 (617) 253-8879
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  • Areas of Study: Compilers, Programming Languages, High Performance Computing, Computer Security, Computer Architecture, Information Technology for Development
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  • Last Update: May 11, 2014
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Saman P. Amarasinghe is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He leads the Commit compiler group. His research interests are in discovering novel approaches to improve the performance of modern computer systems and make them more secure without unduly increasing the complexity faced by the end users, application developers, compiler writers, or computer architects. Saman received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University in 1988, and his MSEE and Ph.D from Stanford University in 1990 and 1997, respectively.


  • Andrew A. Lamb, William Thies, and Saman Amarasinghe. Linear Analysis and Optimization of Stream Programs. In Proceedings of the SIGPLAN '03 Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, June, 2003.
  • Mark Stephenson, Saman Amarasinghe, Martin C. Martin, and Una-May O'Reilly. Meta Optimization: Improving Compiler Heuristics with Machine Learning. In Proceedings of the SIGPLAN '03 Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, June, 2003.
  • Michael Gordon, William Thies, Michal Karczmarek, Jasper Lin, Ali S. Meli, Christopher Leger, Andrew A. Lamb, Jeremy Wong, Henry Hoffman, David Z. Maze, and Saman Amarasinghe. A Stream Compiler for Communication-Exposed Architectures. In ASPLOS 2002, October, 2002.
  • Vladimir Kiriansky, Derek Bruening, and Saman Amarasinghe. Secure Execution Via Program Shepherding. In Proceedings of the 11th USENIX Security Symposium, August, 2002.
  • Rajeev Barua, Walter Lee, Saman Amarasinghe, and Anant Agarwal. Compiler Support for Scalable and Efficient Memory Systems. In Transactions on Computers, November, 2001.
  • Detecting Coarse-Grain Parallelism Using an Interprocedural Parallelizing Compiler. M. W. Hall, S. P. Amarasinghe, B. R. Murphy, S. Liao, and M. S. Lam. Proceedings of Supercomputing '95, December 1995.


  • ACM/IEEE: Most Influential Paper (2013)
  • IBM: Eclipse Innovation (2003)