Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award

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About the Seymour Cray Award

Deadline for 2019 nominations: 1 July 2019

Established in late 1997. A crystal memento, illuminated certificate, and $10,000 honorarium are awarded to recognize innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray.

The award nomination requires a minimum of 3 endorsements.

Cray Past Recipients

2016 William Camp For visionary leadership of the Red Storm project, and for decades of leadership of the HPC community.
2015 Mateo Valero In recognition of seminal contributions to vector, out-of-order, multithreaded, and VLIW architectures.
2014 Gordon Bell For his exceptional contributions in designing and bringing several computer systems to market that changed the world of high performance computing and of computing in general, the two most important of these being the PDP-6 and the VAX-11/780.
2013 Marc Snir For contributions to the research, development, theory, and standardization of high-performance parallel computing including the IBM RS/6000 SP and Blue Gene systems.
2012 Peter M. Kogge For innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems.
2011 Charles L. Seitz For innovations in high-performance message passing architectures and networks.
2010 Alan Gara For innovations in low power, densely packaged supercomputing systems.
2009 Kenichi Miura For leadership in developing groundbreaking vector supercomputing hardware and software.
2008 Steve Wallach For contribution to high-performance computing through design of innovative vector and parallel computing systems, notably the Convex mini-supercomputer series, a distinguished industrial career and acts of public service.
2007 Kenneth E. Batcher For fundamental theoretical and practical contributions to massively parallel computation, including parallel sorting algorithms, interconnection networks, and pioneering designs, of the STARAN and MPP computers.
2006 Tadashi Watanabe For serving as lead designer of the NEC SX series of supercomputers, and especially for the design of the Earth Simulator, which was the world?s fastest supercomputer from 2002 to 2004.
2005 Steven L. Scott For advancing supercomputer architecture through the development of the Cray T3E, the Cray X-1 and the Cray "Black Widow".
2004 William J. Dally For fundamental contributions to the design and engineering of high-performance interconnection networks, parallel computer architectures, and high-speed signaling technology.
2003 Burton J. Smith For ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing and especially for sustained championing of the use of multithreading to enable parallel execution and overcome latency and to achieve high performance in industrially significant products.
2002 Monty M. Denneau For ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing leading to widely used industrial products.
2001 John L. Hennessy For pioneering contributions to the foundation, teaching, and practice of high performance computing, especially in distributed shared memory multiprocessor architectures and in design and application of reduced instruction set architectures.
2000 Glen J. Culler For pioneering contributions to the foundation and practice of high performance computing in array and very long instruction word (VLIW) processing especially for use in interactive scientific exploration.
1999 John Cocke For unique and creative contributions to the computer industry through innovative high performance system designs.


Cray Award Subcommittee Chair

2018 Seymour Cray Subcommittee Chair

Marc Snir
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Cray Award Press Releases

Dr. William Camp Selected as Recipient of 2016 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 27 September 2016 — Dr. William Camp, Director Emeritus at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award “for visionary leadership of the Red Storm project, and for decades of leadership of the HPC community.”
The Seymour Cray Computer Engineering award is one of the IEEE Computer Society’s highest awards, and is presented in recognition of innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The award consists of a crystal memento, a certificate, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Dr. Camp has had a distinguished and prolific career of scientific and high performance leadership achievements in computational science and high performance computing spanning efforts as a user of computing, a leader of computational research, an advocate for computation as a major pillar of science and engineering, and for specific contributions to massively parallel computational methods and massively parallel hardware/software architectures.
A pinnacle achievement of Dr. Camp was his visionary leadership of the development of the Red Storm supercomputer. In 2000, Dr. Camp and his colleague, Jim Tomkins developed and patented the Red Storm architecture; and Dr. Camp led a partnership with Cray to build it. ASCI Red Storm became the Cray XT3 and the follow-on XT-series, which are arguably the most successful supercomputers to date.
In 2006, Dr. Camp joined Intel as Chief Supercomputing Architect and directed Intel’s Exascale R&D efforts. His team’s work led to detailed architectures and conceptual designs for Exascale. Bill also led Intel’s efforts to create joint Exascale labs with leading European computing centers. Bill received two Intel individual achievement awards recognizing those accomplishments.
Currently, Dr. Camp consults on computing technologies for post-Exascale computing.
Dr. Camp spent most of his career at NNSA’s Sandia Labs, at Cray Research and at Intel. At Sandia, he founded DOE’s Massively Parallel Computing Research Lab (MPCRL). In its first 5 years the MPCRL won the inaugural Gordon Bell Prize, several other international awards, and 8 R&D100 Awards-- all for pioneering highly scalable applications, algorithms, and methods as well as for developing scalable systems software and hardware.  The MPCRL received over 30 patents for MPP technologies.
While on leave at Cray, Dr. Camp led scalable applications development for the T3D and T3E computer systems and served on the T3E core design team.
Dr. Camp returned to Sandia to direct NNSA’s newly formed Accelerated Strategic computing Initiative (ASCI) and to direct Sandia’s Computing Information, and Math R&D, as well as contributing to MPP design and development. His team stood up a series of first-ever computing capabilities: First 1000+ PE MPP, first MPP to lead Top 500 list (Paragon), first tera-scale computer (ASCI RED), and first tera-scale cluster-based supercomputing environment (CPlant).
A National Merit Scholar at Manhattan College in EE/NE, Dr. Camp received his PhD at Cornell for work in theoretical and computational physics.
Previous Seymour Cray Award recipients include Gordon Bell, Ken Batcher, John Cocke, Glen Culler, William J. Dally, Monty Denneau, Alan Gara, John L. Hennessy, Peter Kogge, Kenichi Miura, Steven L. Scott, Charles Seitz, Burton J. Smith, Marc Snir, Steven Wallach, Tadashi Watanabe, and Mateo Valero.
The 2016 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award will be presented at the SC16 Conference awards plenary session in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 15 November 2016. Dr. Camp will also have the opportunity to present a special invited talk at a 16 November 2016 technical session. (
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