Each year, SC showcases not only the best and brightest stars of high performance computing, but also its rising stars and those who have made a lasting impression. The Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, and Ken Kennedy Awards honor the memory of three greats in high performance computing. Nominations for each award are due by July 1, 2015.
A crystal memento, illuminated certificate, and $10,000 honorarium are awarded to recognize innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray.
Seymour Roger Cray (September 28, 1925 – October 5, 1996) was a U.S. electrical engineer and supercomputer architect who designed a series of computers that were the fastest in the world for decades, and founded the company Cray Research which would build many of these machines. Called “the father of supercomputing,” Cray has been credited with creating the supercomputer industry through his efforts.
Joel Birnbaum, then CTO of HP, said of him: “It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry; many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the farthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them.”
A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches.
Sidney Fernbach born and raised in Philadelphia, attended Temple University where he received both a B.S. and an M.A in physics. He received the Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1952. After receiving his Ph.D., he began his long and productive career as a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he became head of the Computation Division in 1955. Between 1958 and 1968, Fernbach was also head of the Theoretical Division at Livermore. From 1975, until his retirement in 1979, he was Deputy Associate Director for Scientific Support at the Laboratory. He then became an independent consultant and maintained a long term consultant relationship with Control Data Corporation.
He is internationally recognized as one of the most influential scientists affecting the design of high performance computers during the period that the modern electronic computer grew from embryo to adolescence. From the first supercomputer systems, such as the Univac I and the IBM 704, to supercomputers a million times faster, Sid Fernbach played a pivotal role.
ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award
A certificate and $5,000 honorarium are awarded jointly by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society for outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in high-performance computing together with significant community service or mentoring contributions.
Ken Kennedy’s seminal work on interprocedural and intraprocedural analysis techniques, which build on his insights in data flow analysis; similarly his work on dependence analysis provided a key technical underpinning for automated detection of parallelism. In both of these areas the theoretical impact of this work was matched by a tremendous practical impact, as Ken’s work has had a profound influence in the commercialization of automatic vectorizing and parallelizing compilers.
This work has been incorporated into the inner workings of a number of commercial systems from HP/Convex, Cray Research, Digital Equipment, IBM, Masspar, Thinking Machines, the Portland Group, Pacific-Sierra Research, and Applied Parallel Research. Successes such as these allowed Ken to play a crucial role in building a creative bridge between academic IT research and the industrial and commercial world.
IMPORTANT INFO: Nomination Deadlines: July 1, 2015
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