Ariel Szekely


I'm currently a third year Computer Science Ph.D. student in the PDOS group at MIT, supported by an MIT Lemelson Presidential Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I like to hack on Distributed Systems and Operating Systems. Generally, I am interested in making cloud computing more efficient, and making cloud applications easier to program.

Previously, I was an undergraduate student in the Turing Scholars Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. During my time there, I was fortunate to do some work on GPU timing side-channels and accelerator virtualization for OS kernels under the superb guidance of Emmett Witchel and Christopher J Rossbach.

Outside of research I'm an avid soccer player, a jazz pianist, and a proud Mexican immigrant. If you want to kick a ball around, jam, or make some guacamole, send me an email!

Selected Publications

Towards a Machine Learning-Assisted Kernel with LAKE [pdf]
Henrique Fingler, Isha Tarte, Hangchen Yu, Ariel Szekely, Bodun Hu, Aditya Akella, Christopher J. Rossbach.

Telekine: Secure Computing with Cloud GPUs [pdf]
Tyler Hunt, Zhipeng Jia, Vance Miller, Ariel Szekely, Yige Hu, Christopher J. Rossbach, Emmett Witchel.
NSDI 2020

Complete Publications


Teaching Experience (TA)

InstitutionSemesterCourse TitleCourse Number
MITSpring 2023Computer Systems Security 6.5660
MITFall 2022Operating Systems Engineering 6.1810
UT AustinSpring 2020Introduction to CS Research (Honors) cs178h
UT AustinSpring 2020Concurrency (Honors) cs378h
UT AustinSpring 2019Introduction to CS Research (Honors) cs178h


  • 03/19/2020: Excited to join the PDOS group as I start my Ph.D. at MIT in Fall 2020!
  • 02/03/2020: Admitted to some Ph.D. programs!
  • 12/15/2019: Applying to Ph.D. programs!