David Kuck Receives 2011 Computer Pioneer Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 May 2011 – Parallel computing researcher David Kuck has been named winner of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering parallel architectures including the Illiac IV, the Burroughs BSP, and Cedar; and for revolutionary para llel compiler technology, including Parafrase and KAP Tools.

Kuck is one of the most infl uential figures in parallel computing, especially in creating productivity tools for parallel programming. Over the past four decades, he has influenced a wide range of areas including architecture design and evaluation, compiler technology, programming la nguages, a nd algorithms.

His influence has been both theoretical and practical. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kuck created the Center for Supercomputing Research and Development. CSRD was extraordinarily influential in developing parallel computing technology (from hardware to algorithms) in the era of vectorization and SMPs. As founder and director of Kuck and Associates, and later as an Intel Fellow, his work subsequently infl uenced industry.

Every compiler in use today incorporates techniques he pioneered, targeting parallelism in its many forms and managing locality. In this era of multicore and many-core architectures, as well as petascale supercomputers, this work is now more important than it has ever been.

As an outgrowth of his compiler work, Kuck initiated efforts that led to the development of OpenMP, the most common solution for incorporating threads into scientifi c applications.

Kuck is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the Charles Babbage Outstanding Scientist Award and the 1993 IEEE Computer Society/ ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award.

The IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award was established in 1981 to recognize and honor the vision of those people whose efforts resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the computer industry. The award is presented to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the concepts and development of the computer field was made at least 15 years earlier. The recognition is engraved on a bronze medal specially struck for the Society. To learn more about Computer Society awards, including the Computer Pioneer Award, visit www.computer.org/awards.

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