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Guang R. Gao

Distinguished Professor

About Guang R. Gao

Guang R. Gao received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1968, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from MIT in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Currently, he is a Named Professor Emeritus at the ECE Department of University of Delaware, Newark, the founding director of Computer Architecture and Parallel System Laboratory (CAPSL). Dr. Gao has been an endowed visiting professor at Tsinghua University and a Visiting Professor for several top Chinese Universities.

Gao has devoted a majority of his research and academic activities in pursuing R&D in dataflow program execution models and architecture/compiler innovations. The work of Gao and his students have shown that the fundamental value of the dataflow model of computation in addressing the challenges and bottlenecks encountered in parallel computer systems under the classical von-Neumann architecture model. To this end, Gao has led a series of parallel architecture and system projects where various aspects of dataflow models are explored and realized in high-performance computers – ranging from innovations in programming paradigms, microarchitecture design, to system software technology (compilers, runtime, etc.) and multicore chip hardware design methodology. Gao has made unique and significant contributions in compiler techniques and microarchitectures for instruction-level and thread-level parallelism.

Dr. Gao has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of a number of high-impact research projects in Parallel Computing sponsored by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, DOE, DOD and other US and Canadian government agencies. Dr. Gao has graduated over 30 PhD students and mentored over 25 postdoctoral fellows.Dr. Gao has over 300 publications in these areas, including several best paper awards in reputable peer-reviewed international conferences and workshops. Dr. Gao has initiated several top international conferences and workshops, as well as has served as a member of program/steering/organization committees in many reputable international conferences and workshops. Gao is a founder and chairman of the IEEE/CS Dataflow STC – the Special Interested Community of Parallel Model and System: Dataflow and Beyond. Gao has been a keynote speaker/invited speaker in a large number of international meetings, as well as member of the editorial boards of several international journals.

The impact of Gao’s work has also been recognized with his entrepreneur effort to apply his academic R&D results successfully to a significant supercomputing system project in mid-2000s – known as IBM Cyclops-64 Supercomputer – one of the largest supercomputer based on large-scale many-core chip technology at that time and has been in use in real world.


Research Interests

  • High Performance Computing and Dataflow Models
  • Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Compilers Technology and Runtime Systems
  • Program mapping and optimization under dataflow models



  • IEEE Computer Society 2017 B. Ramakrishna Rau Award
  • ACM & IEEE Fellow
  • Endowed Named Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware
  • CCF (Chinese Computer Federation) Outstanding Achievement Award of Oversee Scholars

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