Christopher Batten

Christopher Batten

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank H T Rhodes Hall, Room 323


Christopher Batten is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and graduate field member of Computer Science at Cornell. He is a member of the Computer Systems Laboratory, which works on hardware and software techniques for improving the cost, performance, programmability, reliability, and energy efficiency of future computer systems. Professor Batten received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2007 to 2009, he was a visiting scholar in the Parallel Computing Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Batten received his M.Phil. in engineering as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2000, and received his B.S. in electrical engineering as a Jefferson Scholar from the University of Virginia in 1999. 

Research Interests

Professor Batten's primary research interest is in energy-efficient parallel computer architecture for both high-performance and embedded applications. He is also interested in parallel programming methodologies, hardware specialization, interconnection networks, VLSI chip-design methodologies, and the intersection between computer architecture and future emerging technologies.

Teaching Interests

Computer Architecture, VLSI Circuits and Systems

Selected Publications

  • Shunning Jiang, Berkin Ilbeyi, and Christopher Batten. "Mamba: Closing the Performance Gap in Productive Hardware Development Frameworks." 55th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf. (DAC-55), June 2018.
  • Scott Davidson, Shaolin Xie, Christopher Torng, Khalid Al-Hawaj, Austin Rovinski, Tutu Ajayi, Luis Vega, Chun Zhao, Ritchie Zhao, Steve Dai, Aporva Amarnath, Bandhav Veluri, Paul Gao, Anuj Rao, Gai Liu, Rajesh K. Gupta, Zhiru Zhang, Ronald G. Dreslinski, Christopher Batten, and Michael B. Taylor. "The Celerity Open-Source 511-Core RISC-V Tiered Accelerator Fabric: Fast Architectures and Design Methodologies for Fast Chips." IEEE Micro, 38(2):30–41, Mar/Apr. 2018.
  • Ji Kim, Shunning Jiang, Christopher Torng, Moyang Wang, Shreesha Srinath, Berkin Ilbeyi, Khalid Al-Hawaj, and Christopher Batten. "Using Intra-Core Loop-Task Accelerators to Improve the Productivity and Performance of Task-Based Parallel Programs." 50th ACM/IEEE Int'l Symp. on Microarchitecture (MICRO-50), Oct. 2017.
  • Berkin Ilbeyi, Carl Friedrich Bolz-Tereick, and Christopher Batten. "Cross-Layer Workload Characterization of Meta-Tracing JIT VMs." IEEE Int'l Symp. on Workload Characterization (IISWC), Oct. 2017.
  • Christopher Torng, Moyang Wang, and Christopher Batten. "Asymmetry-Aware Work-Stealing Runtimes." 43rd ACM/IEEE Int'l Symp. on Computer Architecture (ISCA-43), June 2016.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award(College of Engineering, Cornell University)2015
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award(Air Force Office of Scientific Research)2015
  • Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Award(College of Engineering, Cornell University)2013 & 2017
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)2012
  • NSF Early CAREER Award(National Science Foundation)2012


  • BS(Electrical Engineering),University of Virginia,1999
  • M.Phil(Engineering),University of Cambridge,2000
  • Ph D(Electrical Engineering and Computer Science),Massachusetts Institute of Technology,2010


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