Chris Frost


I'm a software engineer at Samsara, where we are developing an end-to-end networked sensing service that enables businesses to easily understand their physical systems and to respond to changes. To do this, we are developing the sensor hardware, embedded software, and distributed storage and analysis systems behind the service and managing these for our customers.
When not building sensor networks, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, and backpacking; spouts of reading; photography; and working on cocoa farms.

Previously, I helped build the Spanner distributed database at Google, where I helped the Spanner team develop Spanner from prototype to core infrastructure service and was the primary engineer behind the Spanner backup and restore service.

I completed my Ph.D. in computer science with the TERTL group at UCLA. My focus was on storage system consistency, performance, and usability. In addition to my focus, my research interests span systems, programming languages, and theory. I was also a member of the LUG and the ACM and TAed CS 111 (undergrad operating systems) for 2005–2006.

My undergrad days were at UVa, where I frolicked and schemed with friends in Theta Tau, ACM, Math Club, Brown, Honor, and the computer science and math departments. I've helped lasso computer science problems and systems while at Samsara, Google (Wikipedia and Wired on Spanner), UCLA, UVa, MIT, Microsoft Research, VMware, Appian, Microsoft, Dynetics, and the US Army AMRDEC. I'm originally from Huntsville, Alabama.

Previous projects and software


Emacs, a TERTL turtle


Further bio