Issue No. 11 - Nov. (2012 vol. 45)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2012.368
The IEEE Computer Society announced the 2012 recipients of three technical achievement awards. This year's Seymour Cray Award went to Peter Kogge for innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems. Klaus Schulten and Laxmikant "Sanjay" Kale shared the Sidney Fernbach Award for outstanding contri-butions in the application of high-performance computers.
Peter Kogge Receives Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
Currently the Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and an IEEE Fellow, Peter Kogge has been at the forefront of several innovations that have shaped the computing industry over the past three decades. While working on his PhD at Stanford University in the 1970s, he invented the Kogge-Stone-Adder process, which is still considered the fastest way of adding numbers on a computer.
During his 26-year career at IBM, Kogge designed the Space Shuttle I/O processor, one of the first multi-threaded computers and the first to fly in space. Kogge also invented the world's first multicore processor, Execube, which his IBM team placed on a memory chip in an early effort to solve the data bottleneck problem.
More recently, Kogge led a team of computer professionals for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to pioneer development of a supercomputer capable of executing a quintillion mathematical operations per second.
Kogge's research interests include massively parallel processing architectures, advanced VLSI and nanotechnologies and their relationship to computing systems architectures, non-von Neumann models of programming and execution, and parallel algorithms and applications and their impact on computer architecture.
One of the IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, the Seymour Cray Award recognizes innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify Cray's creative spirit. The award includes a US$10,000 honorarium.
Kogge is scheduled to accept the award at the keynote session at SC12 in Salt Lake City on 13 November.
Sidney Fernbach Award Recipients: Klaus Schulten and Sanjay Kale
Klaus Schulten and Sanjay Kale, professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award for their development of widely used parallel software for large biomolecular systems simulation.
Schulten, a Swanlund Professor of Physics, directs the Center for Biomolecular Modeling at the Beckman Institute and codirects the Center for the Physics of Living Cells. His research focuses on molecular assembly and cooperation in biological cells, and he was the first to demonstrate that parallel computers can be practically employed to solve the classical many-body problem in biomolecular modeling. Thousands of researchers worldwide use his group's visual molecular dynamics (VMD) program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems and NAMD (Not [just] Another Molecular Dynamics) program for modeling them on personal computers as well as at the world's leading supercomputing centers. Schulten and his team are presently developing a new computational method that assists biologists in solving the structures of the very large macromolecular complexes forming the machinery of living cells.
Corecipient Kale is a professor of computer science, director of the Parallel Programming Laboratory, and a senior investiga-tor for the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomput-ing Applications.
His parallel computing work focuses on enhancing performance and productivity via adaptive runtime systems, with research on programming abstractions, dynamic load balancing, fault tolerance, and power management. These efforts are embodied in Charm++, a widely distributed parallel programming system.
Kale, an IEEE Fellow, collaboratively developed the NAMD application as well as other applications for computational cosmology, quantum chemistry, rocket simulation, and unstructured meshes. He is a cowinner of the 2002 Gordon Bell Award. Kale and his team won the HPC Challenge Best Performance award at SC11 for their entry based on Charm++.
Established in 1992 in memory of high-performance computing pioneer Sidney Fernbach, the Fernbach Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches. The award comes with a US$2,000 honorarium.
Kale and Schulten are slated to receive the award at SC12.
New IEEE CS Membership Packages Serve Specific Technical Interests
In an effort to better serve the growing audience of global computing professionals, the IEEE Computer Society is launching membership packages to meet specific technical focuses and goals.
New and renewing members will be able to choose a membership package in one of four focus areas—software and systems, information and communication technologies (ICT), security and privacy, or computer engineering—to provide targeted resources for keeping up to date in specific technical areas and meeting career-development goals.
"This is just another way the IEEE Computer Society is adding value and evolving to help serve the global workforce of technology leaders," said IEEE Computer Society President John Walz. "We hope these attractive bundles—featuring the Computer Society's best information sources, from webinars and articles to magazine subscriptions—will provide an easy and attractive means of keeping up with the rapidly changing technology world."
Each package includes a monthly newsletter covering technology in the specific focus area, an electronic version of a CS magazine serving that interest area, 12 free CS articles of the member's choosing, three free CS webinars, and special discounts on CS training courses. These package benefits are in addition to standard CS membership benefits, including a subscription to Computer, access to thousands of online courses and books, and discounts on conferences and other products.
Those who sign up for the software focus package will receive an electronic version of IEEE Software. ICT focus package subscribers will receive IT Pro, security and privacy focus package subscribers will receive IEEE Security & Privacy, and computer engineering focus package subscribers will receive IEEE Micro.
To select the focus package that meets your interests, visit the IEEE Computer Society Join page ( www.computer.org/portal/web/membership/join).
Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge Version 1.0 Is Available
The Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) is now available as a wiki document at www.sebokwiki.org.
The SEBoK Guide is the product of the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE) project, which was organized in September 2009. Stevens Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School led the project in partnership with the International Council of Software Engineering, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Systems Council, ACM, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the US Department of Defense's Systems Engineering Research Center.
CS representatives on the project were Thomas B. Hilburn, professor emeritus of software engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Dick Fairley, principal associate at Software & Systems Engineering Associates and chair of the IEEE Computer Society Professional Activities Board Software and Systems Engineering Committee.
The SEBoK Guide represents contributions from 70 authors around the world and comments from hundreds of reviewers. Primary funding came from the US Department of Defense, with significant contri-butions in kind coming from the authors' home organizations.
In January 2011, the project opted for a wiki-based presentation to support the evolution of the document with technology and the maturing field of systems engineering. Systems engineers are invited to use SEBoK in their professional efforts and to comment on it in the wiki. BKCASE expects the SEBoK Guide to receive minor updates twice a year and major updates every third year.