Christopher Torng
Ph.D. Candidate

Computer Systems Laboratory
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Cornell University

office: 471-B Rhodes Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
email: clt67 at cornell edu

I am a sixth-year PhD student in electrical and computer engineering working under Professor Christopher Batten at Cornell University. My research lies primarily in computer architecture, but I focus on pursuing research that spans across computer architecture and VLSI.

Power and performance are first-order design constraints that dictate the limits of small embedded systems as well as large datacenters. These design considerations span the layers of the computing stack, but research is typically only done within the boundaries of a single layer of expertise. My long-term research vision is to explore how to extract system-level benefit from a cohesive view of circuits, VLSI, and architecture. I significantly value the experience of building real chips, so my research vision also includes space for small research prototypes.

My proposed thesis explores energy-efficient heterogeneous systems of little cores, big cores, and coprocessor-style accelerators, together with a flavoring of ASIC prototyping. My recent research projects have included: Asymmetry-Aware Work-Stealing Runtimes (2015 - 2016) and Reconfigurable Power Distribution Networks (2012 - 2014). I was also the Cornell lead for the design of the Celerity SoC (2017) in TSMC 16nm, which leveraged my previous experience as the project lead for the BRGTC1 (2016) test chip in IBM 130nm.

Research Interests

Energy-Efficient Computer Architecture, Heterogeneous Systems (little cores, big cores, accelerators), Specialized Hardware Accelerators, ASIC Prototyping

Test Chips and Prototyping



Teaching Experience

Industry Experience


Professional Activities

Light Contributions to Open Source Projects