MIT Professor Arvind Wins IEEE Computer Society Goode Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 April, 2012 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Arvind, a world-renowned leader in computer languages for parallel processing, has been named the winner of the IEEE Computer Society’s 2012 Harry H. Goode Award.

Arvind, MIT’s Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was recognized “for fundamental contributions to research in dataflow computing, memory models, and cache coherence protocols.”

The Goode Award was established to recognize achievement in the information-processing field–either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance; or the accumulation of important contributions on theory or practice over an extended period.

Arvind received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1969. Prior to joining MIT, Arvind taught at the University of California, Irvine, from 1974 to 1978, and at IIT Kanpur from 1977 to 1978.

Arvind has contributed to the development of dynamic dataflow architectures, the implicitly parallel programming languages Id and pH, and the compilation of these types of languages on parallel machines. Dr. R. S. Nikhil and Arvind published the book “Implicit Parallel Programming in pH” in 2001.

In 1992, Arvind's group, in collaboration with Motorola, completed the Monsoon dataflow machine and its associated software. A dozen of these machines were built and installed at Los Alamos National Labs and other universities, before Monsoon was retired to the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley.

In 2000, Arvind started Sandburst, a fabless semiconductor company to produce a chip set for 10G-bit Ethernet routers. He served as its President until his return to MIT in September 2002. Sandburst was acquired by Broadcom in 2006. In 2003, Arvind co-founded Bluespec Inc, an EDA company to produce a set of tools for high-level synthesis, and serves on its board.

Arvind's current research focus is on enabling rapid development of embedded systems using Guarded Atomic Actions. He continues to be interested in memory models and cache coherence protocols for parallel architectures and languages.

Arvind is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Further information about the Goode Award, including a list of past recipients, can be found at: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/harrygoode.

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