Nominations Sought for Eckert-Mauchly Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 5 November 2010 – Nominations are being sought for the Eckert-Mauchly Award, the computer architecture community’s most prestigious award.

The award, co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and ACM, recognizes outstanding contributions to computer and digital systems architecture. It comes with a certificate and a $5,000 honorarium.

The nomination deadline is 30 March. To make a nomination, visit or For further details, email

Established in 1979, the award was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the first large-scale electronic computing machine, which was completed in 1947.

William J. Dally, chief scientist of Nvidia Corp. and former computer science professor at Stanford University, won the award in 2010 “for outstanding contributions to the architecture of interconnection networks and parallel computers.”

Intel Fellow Joel S. Emer was recognized with the award in 2009 “for pioneering contributions to performance analysis and modeling methodologies; for design innovations in several significant industry microprocessors; and for deftly bridging research and development, academia and industry."

In 2008, the award went to David A. Patterson of University of California at Berkeley "for seminal contributions to RISC microprocessor architectures, RAID storage systems design, and reliable computing, and for leadership in education and in disseminating academic research results into successful industrial products.”

The award will be presented at the 38th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), which runs from 4-8 June, 2011, in San Jose, California.

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