- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 1996
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.M. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 1992
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 1990
Fred Chong is the Director of Computer Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science at UCSB. He also directs the Greenscale effort in Energy-Efficient Computing, a research center within the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency. Chong was a faculty member and Chancellor's fellow at UC Davis from 1997-2005.
Dr. Chong’s research redefines computer architectures and systems in the context of new technologies and application domains. His current research focuses on emerging technologies for computing, multicore and embedded architectures, computer security, and sustainable computing.
Quantum and Nanoscale Computing Architecture – Dr. Chong was one of the first researchers to investigate the design of large-scale quantum computers, focusing on the implications for developing device technology. Recent work has developed design automation, resource estimation, and compilation tools for these architectures. Dr. Chong has also recently started a collaboration with Drs. Dmitri Strukov, Tim Sherwood, and Diana Franklin to design neuromorphic architectures using memristor technology.
Computer Security –Dr. Chong’s work, in collaboration with Tim Sherwood, Ben Hardekopf and Ryan Kastner, focuses on provably secure hardware constructed from the gates up. Chong’s earlier work on the analysis of remote intrusions demonstrates that internet worms can be much more polymorphic than previously expected, defeating signature-based (pattern-matching) approaches to detecting them. Dr. Chong also pursued virtual-machine based behavioral analysis of malicious software as an alternative to signature-based approaches.
Parallel Microarchitecture – In collaboration with Diana Franklin, Dr. Chong is exploring mechanisms that exploit data and computation redundancy. Recent work introduces a novel multithreaded microarchitecture that leverages existing out-of-order execution mechanisms to discover and reduce redundancy in register data and instruction execution.
Sustainable Computing – Dr. Chong’s proposes a “processor food chain” in which chips are reused every 2 years in less demanding application domains. This food chain adjusts for the fact that processors become exponentially more powerful over time. Dr. Chong, along with Prof. Roland Geyer at the Bren School, develop a framework for life-cycle analysis of microprocessors and evaluate their lifetime energy consumption from manufacture to disposal.
Dr. Chong also has some innovative work in datacenter cooling that arose from collaborations with the silicon photonics groups at UCSB. Specifically, he proposes the use of a superlattice film on top of microprocessors in order to cool tiny hot spots using the Peltier effect. This targeted cooling reduces wear and tear on microprocessors where thermal effects are the worst, which consequently allows the global temperature of a datacenter to be higher.
Honors and Awards
- DARPATech Significant Technical Achievement Award 2002 (most significant of all DARPA-sponsored academic projects 2000-2002)
- UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow 2002-2007 (_25 fellows university-wide)
- NSF CAREER Award 1998-2002