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Christopher Francis Batten

  • Christopher Francis Batten
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: 323 Rhodes
  • Phone: 607 255-2672
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Professor Christopher Batten has been an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University since January 2010. 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 new Parallel Computing Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley which is tackling parallel architecture and software for mobile platforms. 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 models, interconnection networks, vector processing, VLSI chip design methodologies, and the intersection between computer architecture and emerging technologies such as 3D integration, silicon nanophotonics, and synthetic biology.

Teaching Interests

Computer Architecture, VLSI Circuits and Systems

Selected Publications

  • Kim, Ji, Christopher Torng, Srinath Srinath, Derek Lockhart, Christopher Batten. 2013. "Microarchitectural Mechanisms to Exploit Value Structure in Fine-Grain SIMT Architectures." Paper presented at 40th ACM/IEEE Int'l Symp. on Computer Architecture (ISCA), June.
  • Michael, Nithin, Milen Nikolov, Ao Tang, Edward Suh, Christopher Batten. 2011. "Analysis of Application-Aware On-Chip Routing under Traffic Uncertainty." Paper presented at 5th ACM/IEEE Int'l Symp. on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS), May.
  • Batten, C., A. Joshi, V. Stojanovic, K Asanovic. 2012. "Designing Chip-Level Nanophotonic Interconnection Networks." IEEE JOURNAL ON EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS 2 (2): 137-153.
  • Beamer, Scott, Chen Sun, Yong-Jin Kwon, Ajay Joshi, Christopher Batten, Vladimir Stojanovic, Krste Asanovic. 2010. "Re-Architecting DRAM Memory Systems with Monolithically Integrated Silicon Photonics." Paper presented at 37th ACM/IEEE Int'l Symp. on Computer Architecture (ISCA), June.
  • Lockhart, D., B. Ilbeyi, Christopher Batten. 2015. "Pydgin: Generating Fast Instruction Set Simulators from Simple Architecture Descriptions with Meta-Tracing JIT Compilers." Paper presented at IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS), March.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2013
  • James M. & Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of 1st Year Engineering Students (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2013
  • Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award 2013
  • National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award 2012
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award 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