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Ken Kennedy Award

New Deadline: 1 July 2015

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Established in memory of Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's nationally ranked computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing. 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.

 

Past recipients for Ken Kennedy Award

2014 Charles Leiserson For your enduring influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development and for distinguished mentoring of computer science leaders and students.
2013 Jack Dongarra For influential contributions to mathematical software, performance measurement, and parallel programming, and significant leadership and service within the HPC community.
2012 Mary Lou Soffa For contributions to compiler technology and software engineering, exemplary service to the profession, and lifelong dedication to mentoring and improving diversity in computing.
2011 Susan L. Graham For foundational compilation algorithms and programming tools; research and discipline leadership; and exceptional mentoring.
2010 David Kuck For his pioneering contributions to compiler technology and parallel computing, the profound impact of his research on industry, and the widespread and long-lasting influence of his teaching and mentoring.
2009

Francine Berman

For her influential leadership in the design, development and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure, her-inspiring work as a teacher and mentor, and her exemplary service to the high performance community.

 

2014 Ken Kennedy Subcommittee Chair

MARY HALL
Mary W. Hall

University of Utah

 


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IEEE-CS and ACM Recognize Charles Leiserson for Advances in Parallel Computing Systems

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 September 2014 -- Charles E. Leiserson of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will receive the 2014 ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development. He was also cited for his mentoring of computer science leaders and students. 

Leiserson introduced the notion of cache-oblivious algorithms, which can exploit the memory hierarchy near optimally despite having no tuning parameters for cache size or cache-line length. He also developed the Cilk multithreaded programming technology, and led the development of several Cilk-based parallel chess-playing programs, winning numerous prizes in international competition. The award will be presented at SC 14on Tuesday, 1 November in New Orleans.

The coauthor of "Introduction to Algorithms," one of computer science's most cited publications, Leiserson is also the creator of MIT undergraduate courses on algorithms and on discrete mathematics for computer science. He headed the computer-science program for the pioneering Singapore-MIT Alliance distance-education program and developed MIT's undergraduate class on software performance engineering, which teaches parallel programming as one of several techniques for writing fast code. 

Leiserson's annual workshop on Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty has educated hundreds of faculty at MIT and around the world in the human issues involved in leading technical teams in academia. He was the founding Workshop Chair for the MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), which teaches MIT Engineering sophomores how leadership skills can leverage their technical skills in professional environments. He is a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT, the highest recognition at MIT for undergraduate teaching. 

Leiserson's research centers on the theory of parallel computing, especially as it relates to engineering reality. His PhD thesis, "Area-Efficient VLSI Computation," won the first ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation's Doctoral Thesis Award.

A coauthor of the first paper on systolic architectures, Leiserson invented the retiming method of digital-circuit optimization, and developed the algorithmic theory behind it.  On leave from MIT at Thinking Machines Corp., he designed and led the implementation of the network architecture for the Connection Machine Model CM-5 Supercomputer, which incorporated the fat-tree interconnection network he developed at MIT.

As Director of System Architecture at Akamai Technologies, he led the engineering team that developed a worldwide content-distribution network numbering over 20,000 servers. He also founded Cilk Arts Inc., which produced the Cilk++ multicore concurrency platform and was acquired by Intel in 2009. 

Leiserson joined the MIT faculty in 1981, where he heads the Supertech research group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He received a BS degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Senior Member of IEEE and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). 

Earlier this year, he was recognized with an IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award for his contributions to computer science education.  He is also a co-recipient of the 2014 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for contributions to efficient and robust parallel and distributed computing.

ACM and the Computer Society co-sponsor the Kennedy Award, which was established in 2009 to recognize substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and significant community service or mentoring contributions. It was named for the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University's computer science program and a world expert on high-performance computing. The Kennedy Award carries a US $5,000 honorarium endowed by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) and the Computer Society.

About IEEE Computer Society

IEEE Computer Society, www.computer.org, is one of the world's leading computing membership organizations and a trusted information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students. IEEE Computer Society provides high-quality, state-of-the-art information on an on-demand basis. The Computer Society provides a wide range of forums for top minds to come together, including technical conferences, publications, a comprehensive digital library, unique training webinars, and professional training. IEEE is the world's largest professional association for advancement of technology and the Computer Society is the largest society within IEEE.  

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence.  ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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Past Press Releases

Mary Lou Soffa Named Recipient of 2012 Ken Kennedy Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 October 2012 – Mary Lou Soffa of the University of Virginia will receive the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for contributions to detecting and managing software security flaws. She developed software tools for debugging and testing programs to eliminate or reduce false alarms and improve operating efficiency.  Her research produced automatic, practical solutions in software engineering, systems and programming languages for improving software reliability, security and productivity. Soffa will receive the Kennedy award on 13 November in Salt Lake City at SC12, the international conference on high-performance computing.

A leading researcher in programming languages, Soffa provided analytical and experimental models for understanding, predicting, and verifying the optimization of software.  In her recent work, she developed a unifying framework for optimizations which included code, optimization, and resources models.  Her model-based strategies enabled optimizing compilers to produce higher-quality code, and to employ different paradigms than those previously in use.

The Kennedy Award cited Soffa for "contributions to compiler technology and software engineering, exemplary service to the profession, and life-long dedication to mentoring and improving diversity in computing."  She is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor at the University of Virginia.

Soffa was elected an ACM Fellow in 1999, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House the same year. In 2006, she received the Computing Research Association (CRA) Nico Habermann Award for contributions toward increasing the numbers and successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community.   

She has held leadership roles in prominent national and international organizations, among them CRA and CRA-W, the committee on the status of women in computer science and engineering of CRA, and ACM Special Interest Groups on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) and Programming Languages (SIGPLAN). Soffa currently serves on the ACM Publications Board and was elected in 2008 and 2012 as a Member-at-Large of the ACM Council. A highly regarded speaker, she has also published more than 150 papers in computing journals and conferences.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BS degree in Mathematics, Soffa received an MS degree in Mathematics from Ohio State University before earning a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining UVA, she was a professor and Graduate Dean in Arts and Sciences at Pitt.

 ACM and the Computer Society co-sponsor the Kennedy Award, which was established in 2009 to recognize substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and significant community service or mentoring contributions. It was named for the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University's computer science program and a world expert on high-performance computing. The Kennedy Award carries a US $5,000 honorarium endowed by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) and the Computer Society.

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ACM-IEEE Computer Society Award Honors Intel's David Kuck

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 September, 2010 – The second annual ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award will go to Intel Fellow David Kuck for advances to compiler technology and parallel computing that have improved the cost-effectiveness of multiprocessor computing. In this era of multicore architectures and petascale supercomputers, Kuck's contributions have been critical in adapting software to effectively use new hardware. He is set to receive the award at SC10, the international conference on high-performance computing in New Orleans on 17 November.

Kuck's pioneering techniques are incorporated in every optimizing compiler in use today. His impact spans four decades and embraces a broad range of areas, including architecture design and evaluation, compiler technology, programming languages, and algorithms. During his career, he influenced the design of the Illiac IV, Burroughs BSP, Alliant FX, and Cedar parallel computers. The Kennedy Award also cited him for the widespread inspiration of his teaching and mentoring.

Kuck & Associates Inc. (KAI), the company Kuck founded in 1979, produced a line of industry-standard optimizing compilers that focused on exploiting parallelism. When KAI was acquired by Intel In March 2000, Kuck led the KAI Software Lab, a leading provider of performance-oriented compilers and programming tools used in the development of multithreaded applications. Multithreaded applications enable more efficient computing by spreading application workloads over multiple central processing units.

A professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 1965 to 1993, Kuck founded UIUC's computational sciences program. In 1983, he established its Center for Supercomputing Research and Development, which he directed for a decade. Kuck, an Intel Fellow, is currently a researcher in Intel's Software and Solutions Group, and is developing the hardware/software co-design of architectures, tools, and compilers based on performance, energy, and cost.

His awards for computer architecture and software design include the IEEE Piore Award and the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Eckert-Mauchly Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a BS in electrical engineering, Kuck received both MS and PhD degrees in engineering from Northwestern University. He was a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ACM and the Computer Society co-sponsor the Kennedy Award, which was established in 2009 to recognize substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and significant community service or mentoring contributions. It was named for the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice University's computer science program and a world expert on high-performance computing. Kennedy's own work was heavily influenced by Kuck. While on sabbatical at IBM, Kuck provided Kennedy with access to his Parafrase system, generating the spark for Kennedy's research at both Rice and IBM.

The Kennedy Award carries a US $5,000 honorarium endowed by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) and the Computer Society. The inaugural award went to grid computing pioneer Francine Berman, vice president for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for her leadership in building national-scale cyberinfrastructure.

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Nominees Sought for Ken Kennedy Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 March, 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery have created an award to honor the substantial research, service, and mentoring contributions of the late Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing.

Kennedy, who passed away on 17 February, 2007, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Rice University in 1967 and went on to receive a M.S. in mathematics and a PhD in computer science from New York University. He returned to Rice University in 1971, where he founded its computer science department in 1984 and directed the Center for High Performance Software Research.

He helped establish its Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI) in 1986, its Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC) in 1989, and its Center for High Performance Software Research (HiPerSoft) in 2000.

Nominations are currently open for the first presentation of this award at SC09 in November. The award is open to contributors at all stages of their careers. The winner should have made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to programming and productivity in computing, and also contributed to computing through teaching, mentoring, or community service. Anyone may make a nomination.

The award, to be presented annually, will consist of a certificate and $5,000 honorarium. The awardee will be invited to present a paper at the SC conference or at an ACM or IEEE Computer Society conference of the winner's choosing during the year following the announcement.

Members of the Kennedy Award committee include Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee; William G. Griswold, University of California San Diego; Mary Hall, University of Utah; Kathryn McKinley, University of Texas at Austin; Daniel A. Reed, Microsoft; and Rob Schreiber (Chair), Hewlett-Packard Labs. Visit the Computer Society's awards site for future details of the nomination process and deadlines. 

 

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