SC09 Award Photos Posted

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 20 November, 2009 – Photos of computing luninaries receiving awards at the IEEE Computer Society co-sponsored SC09 are now available on the Computer Society website. SC is the International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.

Held in Portland, Oregon from 14-20 November, SC09 attracted an estimated 11,000 attendees and 318 exhibitors, including a record 125 research exhibitors. The program included an exceptional lineup of speakers, including Justin Rattner, Intel Senior Fellow and CTO, and former US Vice President Al Gore. Photos of Gore can be viewed at the SC09 website.

SC attendees originated from 70 countries and all 50 states. The conference accepted 59 of the 261 papers received and 28 of the 71 tutorial submissions received. During the conference, the Scinet network was operated to enable scientific applications, high-performance computing demonstrations, and network experiments. With 400 gigabits per second of capacity, SCinet is at least 200,000 times more powerful than an average home broadband connection.

Besides technical papers, keynotes, and tutorials, the conference featured a ceremony for recipients of the Computer Society’s Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach awards, and the inaugural Ken Kennedy Award, jointly sponsored by the Computer Society and ACM.

Kenichi Miura, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics, was the 2009 winner of the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Miura, a professor in NII’s Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division, is also director of the Center for Grid Research and Development. He was cited for leading the groundbreaking development of the Fujitsu vector processors, hardware, and software. Miura was recognized for his unique contributions to the field of computer engineering by bringing a strong background in numerical algorithms and applications to the task of designing systems that deliver high performance on real scientific applications.

Roberto Car and Michele Parrinello, developers of the Car Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) approach, are joint recipients of the 2009 Sidney Fernbach Award. The pair laid the foundation for a modern approach to the chemistry and physics of materials. Their methodology was revolutionary, increasing the speed of simulations and propelling a major force in science. Such simulations are now used in physics, materials science, chemistry, semiconductors, surface science, catalysis, biological processes, mineralogy, and the new field of nano-sized structures, including industrial applications.

The inaugural Ken Kennedy Award went to Francine Berman for her leadership in building national-scale cyberinfrastructure, the environment that supports rapidly expanding computing and information services over networked resources, including the Internet. Berman, vice president for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a pioneer in grid computing, a structure that lets companies or universities link many computational and other resources over a network to solve current health, environment and social problems.

To access photos of the awards recipients, access the links above and click on the Award Photos tab.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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