B. Ramakrishna Rau Award

Nomination deadline: 1 July 2014  | Presentation venue:  MICRO-47  |  Presentation Date:  December 13-17, 2014 

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Established in memory of B. Ramakrishna Rau, and awarded in recognition of his distinguished career in promoting and expanding the use of innovative computer microarchitecture techniques, including his innovation in compiler technology, his leadership in academic and industrial computer architecture, and his extremely high personal and ethical standards.

The B. Ramakrishna Rau award will be presented "in recognition of substantial contributions in the field of computer microarchitecture and compiler code generation."

The candidate will have made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to microarchitecture, use of novel microarchitectural techniques or compiler/architecture interfacing.  It is hoped, but not required, that the winner will have also contributed to the computer microarchitecture community through teaching, mentoring, or community service.

This award will consist of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium. 

The winner will be announced and invited to present a paper and/or presentation at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture normally held in December.

The Rau award will be presented annually and honored to a single recipient.

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Past recipients for B. Ramakrishna Rau Award 

2013 Kemal Ebcioglu
For contributions to VLIW, instruction-level-parallelism, binary translation,Java performance, and service to the community.
2012 Joseph A. (Josh) Fisher For the development of trace scheduling compilation and pioneering work in VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) architectures.
2011 Yale N. Patt For significant contributions and inspiring leadership in the microarchitecture community with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service.

 

2014 B. Ramakrishna Rau Committee Chair

Bill Mangione-Smith

 

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Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014

Joseph A. (Josh) Fisher Named 2012 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award Winner

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 September, 2012 – Hewlett-Packard Senior Fellow (Emeritus) Joseph A. (Josh) Fisher has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award.

The Rau Award recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of microarchitecture and compiler code generation. Fisher was recognized "for the development of trace scheduling compilation and pioneering work in VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) architectures."

The award, which comes with a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate, will be given out at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), set for 1-5 December in Vancouver BC. The IEEE Computer Society established the award in 2010 in memory of the late Bob Rau, also an HP Senior Fellow.

Fisher joined HP Labs in 1990, and worked with instruction-level parallelism (ILP), and with custom embedded VLIW processors and their compilers before retiring in 2006. At HP, Fisher started and managed the HP Labs Cambridge (Mass) research laboratory. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Courant Institute of New York University, where he devised the trace scheduling compiler algorithm, an optimization technique for compilers, and coined the term ILP.

While a professor at Yale University, he created and named VLIW architectures and invented many fundamental ILP technologies. In 1984, he started Multiflow Computer Inc. with two members of his Yale team. Fisher won a US National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984, was the 1987 Connecticut Eli Whitney Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2003 received the ACM/IEEE Computer Society Eckert-Mauchly Award.

Rau, who passed away in 2002, managed HP Labs' Compiler and Architecture Research group. He started HP Labs' research program in VLIW and ILP processing when he joined the facility in 1989, resulting in the development of the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) style of architecture that is the basis for the IA-64.

A co-founder of Cydrome Inc. which developed one of the first VLIW mini-supercomputers, Rau authored dozens of articles on VLIW computing, co-authored a book on ILP, and held 15 patents. He also taught at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. He was also a recipient of the Eckert-Mauchly Award and a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM.

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IEEE Computer Society Establishes Microarchitecture Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 December, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society has established a new award in memory of late Hewlett-Packard Laboratories technologist B. Ramakrishna Rau to reward significant accomplishments in the field of microarchitecture and compiler code generation.
The B. Ramakrishna Rau Award, which comes with a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate, will be given out annually at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) "in recognition of significant contributions in the field of computer microarchitecture and compiler code generation."

Rau, who passed away in 2002, was a senior research scientist at HP Labs, where he managed its Compiler and Architecture Research group. He started HP Labs' research program in Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) and Instruction-Level Parallel (ILP) processing when he joined the facility in 1989, resulting in the development of the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) style of architecture that is the basis for the IA-64.

A co-founder of Cydrome Inc. which developed one of the first VLIW mini-supercomputers, Rau authored dozens of articles on VLIW computing, co-authored a book on ILP, and held 15 patents. He also taught at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. He was a recipient of the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award and a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM.

"Bob Rau was widely recognized as an expert in the field of VLIW computing, which is the basis of many of today's computer microarchitectures," said Rich Belgard, chair of the MICRO steering committee and the Rau Award selection subcommittee. "He developed and helped to develop many of the central architectural and compiler ideas in the VLIW style of computing. Bob was, most of all, an extremely ethical, pleasant, and inspiring technologist."

The symposium's steering committee and the Computer Society Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture approved the award, in part, because there is no existing award for distinguished contributions in the field.

"We believe that establishing this award to honor Dr. Rau 's outstanding research, high ethical standards, mentoring, and service contributions will be valuable to the IEEE Computer Society, both for recognizing Bob's inspiring leadership and commitment to our community, and for filling a long-neglected void in the Computer Society's award structure," said Tom Conte, chair of the Computer Society Awards Committee.

The award is open to contributors at all stages of their careers. The winner of the award will be someone who has made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to microarchitecture, use of novel microarchitectural techniques, or compiler/architecture interfacing. It is hoped, but not required, that the winner will have also contributed to the computer microarchitecture community through teaching, mentoring, or community service.

The winner will be invited to present a paper and/or presentation at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture either at the award or in the year following the award. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/Rau.

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B. Ramakrishna Rau Award Presentation

MICRO 44, December 3-7, 2011, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Honoring Yale N. Patt


Richard Belgard, 2011 B. Ramakrishna Rau Committee Chair presents Rau Award to Dr. Yale N. Patt