Supertech Research Group

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Supertech is a research group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The Supertech Research Group investigates the technologies that support scalable high-performance computing, including hardware, software, and theory. The goal is to make scalable computing simpler, faster, and more effective. The group is currently engaged in a major effort to develop architectural and system-software support for unbounded transactional memory. The group also is studying adaptive computing, race detection, cache-oblivious algorithms, and distance-education technologies.


In the News...

"Milestone for MIT Press’s bestseller", MIT News Office, August 16, 2011
What began as lecture notes for an MIT computer-science class has become the standard text in the field, selling half a million copies in 20 years.

"Retooling Algorithms", MIT News Office, February 25, 2011
Charles Leiserson and his team are experts at designing parallel algorithms - including one for a chess-playing program that outperformed IBM's Deep Blue.

Research Support

Support for Supertech is provided in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grants

  • 1017058 (CSR: Small: Using Thread-Local Memory Mapping to Support Memory Abstractions for Dynamic Multithreading), and
  • 0937680 (HECURA: Collaborative: Multidimensional and String Indexes for Streaming Data).

Previous NSF grants have included 0324974, 0305606, 0540248, 0541209, 0621511, and 0615215.

We are also grateful to Intel Corporation, which is supporting the Pochoir project in part.

Opportunities For Students

Current Positions:

MIT undergraduates interested in working in the Supertech group on parallel programming and algorithms should submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Grade report
  • Sample of your code (preferably C/C++)
  • Sample of your technical writing
  • Cover note with any additional information

Please send these materials to Professor Leiserson.

Summer Internships:

We regret that the Supertech group has no positions available for summer interns.

Prospective PhD Students:

We frequently get emails from prospective PhD students asking if there are openings in our research group. Individual professors at MIT are not involved with the application process to the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. Graduate Admissions can be reached by telephone at +1 617.253.2917. Or you may email them for an application at or

If a student is admitted into the PhD program in the EECS department at MIT, the student then has about a year to take classes and discuss research opportunities with various potential PhD advisors. Students and advisors make a mutual decision to work together. It is suggested that students who are interested in working with the Supertech Research Group should take a graduate-level class with Prof. Leiserson prior to entering into research opportunity discussions.

Contact Us

Supertech can be reached through

Marcia Davidson
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Stata Center, Building 32-G764
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Tel: +1 617.253.2322
For information on Supertech or this website, please email Marcia Davidson.

Our group is located in the Ray and Maria Stata Center (MIT Building 32), on the 7th floor of the Gates tower. Detailed directions to CSAIL are available.

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