Sidney Fernbach Award

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Alexander Szalay

2015 Sidney Fernbach Award Recipient

“For his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many scientific areas including astrophysics, turbulence, and genomics.”

About the Sidney Fernbach Award

Deadline for 2016 Nominations: 1 July 2016

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Established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for the solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches. Learn more about Sidney Fernbach.

Fernbach Past Recipients

2015 Alexander Szalay For his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many scientific areas including astrophysics, turbulence, and genomics.
2014 Satoshi Matsuoka For his work on software systems for high-performance computing on advanced infrastructural platforms, large-scale supercomputers, and heterogeneous GPU/CPU supercomputers.
2013 Christopher R. Johnson For outstanding contributions and pioneering work introducing computing, simulation, and visualization into many areas of biomedicine.
2012 Laxmikant V. Kale
Klaus Schulten
For outstanding contributions to the development of widely used parallel software for large biomolecular systems simulation.
2011 Cleve Moler For fundamental contributions to linear algebra, mathematical software, and enabling tools for computational science.
2010 James W. Demmel For computational science leadership in creating adaptive, innovative, high performance linear algebra software.
2009 Roberto Car
Michele Parrinello
For leadership in creating the modern theoretical and practical foundations for modeling the chemistry and physics of materials.  The software resulting from this work is one of the enabling tools for materials science modeling.
2008 William D. Gropp For outstanding contributions to the development of domain decomposition algorithms, scalable tools for the parallel numerical solution of PDEs, and the dominant HPC communications interface.
2007 David E. Keyes For outstanding contributions to the development of scalable numerical algorithms for the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations and exceptional leadership in high-performance computation.
2006 Edward Seidel For outstanding contributions to the development of software for HPC and Grid computing to enable the collaborative numerical investigation of complex problems in physics; in particular, modeling black hole collisions.
2005 John B. Bell For outstanding contributions to the development of numerical algorithms, mathematical, and computational tools and on the application of those methods to conduct leading-edge scientific investigations in combustion, fluid dynamics, and condensed matter.
2004 Marsha Berger For her many contributions, and enormous, influence to computational fluid dynamics including adaptive mesh refinement methods, Cartesian grid methods, and practical mathematical algorithms for solving significantly heretofore intractable problems.
2003 Jack J. Dongarra For outstanding and sustained contributions to the area of mathematical software, most particularly in the areas of communication and numerical libraries and performance benchmarks for high performance computing.
2002 Robert Harrison For developing a computational chemistry software package for applications development, by integrating fundamental algorithm research, novel ideas in computer science, and scalability, while delivering unprecedented modeling capabilities for chemistry applications.
2000 Stephen W. Attaway For pioneering advances in methods for modeling transient dynamics phenomena, enabling simulations of unprecedented scale and fidelity.
1999 Michael L. Norman For his leading edge research in applying parallel computing to challenge grand problems in astrophysics and cosmology.
1998 Phillip Colella For fundamental contributions to the development of software methodologies used to solve numerical partial differential equations, and their application to substantially expand our understanding of shock physics and other fluid dynamics problem.
1997 Charbel Farhat For outstanding contributions to the development of parallel numerical algorithms and parallel software packages that have helped the mechanical engineering world to embrace parallel processing technology.
1996 Gary A. Glatzmaier For innovative computational numerical methods to perform the first realistic computer simulations of the Earth's geodynamo and its resultant time-dependent magnetic field.
1995 Paul R. Woodward For your work in developing new algorithmic techniques in fluid dynamics, & your relentless & innovative pursuit of the hardware & software capabilities to carry out & visualize in real time the largest turbulence simulations.
1994 Charles S. Peskin For innovative application of mathematical modeling methods to important practical research questions in blood flow and the heart that has for more than 15 years pushed forward the leading edge of computational capability and helped to develop supercomputing technology as a valuable tool for improving the quality of human life.
1993 David H. Bailey For contributions to numerical computational science including innovative algorithms for FFT's, matrix multiply and multiple precision arithmetic on vector computer architecture.


Fernbach Subcommittee Chair

2016 Sidney Fernbach Subcommittee Chair

Marc Snir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nomination Deadline for 2016 Nominations: 1 July 2016

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Fernbach Press Releases

Two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Professors Receive 2012 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 October 2012 – Klaus Schulten and Laxmikant "Sanjay" Kale, professors at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have been named the recipients of the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award.

 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 consists of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium. The two Illinois professors were honored "for outstanding contributions to the development of widely used parallel software for large biomolecular systems simulation."

Schulten is a Swanlund Professor of Physics, directs the Center for Biomolecular Modeling at the Beckman Institute, and co-directs the Center for the Physics of Living Cells in his home department. His research, focused on molecular assembly and cooperation in biological cells, requires large scale computing. 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 software in molecular graphics (VMD) and modeling (NAMD) on personal computers as well as at the world's leading supercomputing centers. Presently his group is developing a new computational method that assists biologists in solving the structures of the very large macromolecular complexes forming the machinery of living cells.

Kale is a professor of computer science, director of the Parallel Programming Laboratory, and a senior investigator for the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing 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 research results are embodied in Charm++, a widely distributed parallel programming system. He has collaboratively developed applications for biomolecular modeling (NAMD), computational cosmology, quantum chemistry, rocket simulation, and unstructured meshes. He is a co-winner of the 2002 Gordon Bell award. Kale and his team won the HPC Challenge Best Performance award at Supercomputing 2011 for their entry based on Charm++.

Schulten holds a Diplom degree in physics from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University. He was junior group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut for Biophysical Chemistry from 1974 to 1980, and professor of theoretical physics at the Technical University of Munich from 1980 to 1988, before joining UIUC.

Kale, an IEEE Fellow, holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Benares Hindu University, a master's degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science, and a PhD in computer science in from State University of New York, Stony Brook. He worked as a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research from 1979 to 1981, and joined the Illinois faculty in 1985.

Kale and Schulten are scheduled to accept the award at the keynote session at SC12 in Salt Lake City on Tuesday morning, 13 November.

Previous Sidney Fernbach Award recipients include Marsha Berger (2004), Roberto Car (2009) Jack J. Dongarra (2003), William Gropp (2008), David Keyes (2007), Cleve Moler (2011), Michele Parrinello (2009), and Edward Seidel (2006).