LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 September, 2012 – Hewlett-Packard Senior Fellow (Emeritus) Joseph A. (Josh) Fisher has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award.
The Rau Award recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of microarchitecture and compiler code generation. Fisher was recognized "for the development of trace scheduling compilation and pioneering work in VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) architectures."
The award, which comes with a $2,000 honorarium and a certificate, will be given out at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), set for 1-5 December in Vancouver BC. The IEEE Computer Society established the award in 2010 in memory of the late Bob Rau, also an HP Senior Fellow.
Fisher joined HP Labs in 1990, and worked with instruction-level parallelism (ILP), and with custom embedded VLIW processors and their compilers before retiring in 2006. At HP, Fisher started and managed the HP Labs Cambridge (Mass) research laboratory. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Courant Institute of New York University, where he devised the trace scheduling compiler algorithm, an optimization technique for compilers, and coined the term ILP.
While a professor at Yale University, he created and named VLIW architectures and invented many fundamental ILP technologies. In 1984, he started Multiflow Computer Inc. with two members of his Yale team. Fisher won a US National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984, was the 1987 Connecticut Eli Whitney Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2003 received the ACM/IEEE Computer Society Eckert-Mauchly Award.
Rau, who passed away in 2002, managed HP Labs' Compiler and Architecture Research group. He started HP Labs' research program in VLIW and ILP processing when he joined the facility in 1989, resulting in the development of the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) style of architecture that is the basis for the IA-64.
A co-founder of Cydrome Inc. which developed one of the first VLIW mini-supercomputers, Rau authored dozens of articles on VLIW computing, co-authored a book on ILP, and held 15 patents. He also taught at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
He received his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. He was also a recipient of the Eckert-Mauchly Award and a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM.