SC11 to honour HPC innovators with IEEE and ACM awards

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Three computer science innovators who have helped to advance the development of high performance computing architectures, software and interactive tools will be honoured by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society when SC11 convenes in Seattle in November.

The three winners are: Charles Seitz, one of the founders of Myricom; Cleve Moler, a mathematician and computational scientist specialising in numerical analysis, and chairman at MathWorks; and Susan Graham, a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Seitz is the winner of the 2011 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award in recognition for 'innovations in high performance message passing architectures and networks'. His patented message passing techniques are employed by large computing systems such as the Intel Paragon, ASCI Red, and the Cray T3D/E. The award includes a crystal memento, a certificate and a $10,000 honorarium.

Moler is the recipient of the 2011 Sidney Fernbach award in recognition of 'fundamental contributions to linear algebra, mathematical software, and enabling tools for computational science'.

For nearly two decades Moler was a professor of mathematics and computer science, at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the University of New Mexico. He was computer science chair at UMN when he developed several packages of mathematical software for computational science and engineering. In 1985, he joined Intel to co-found its supercomputing division and produce the first commercial parallel computer line, the Intel iPSC, whose development led to the Paragon and to ASCI Red.

Graham is the 2011 Ken Kennedy Award winner for her contributions to computer programming tools that have significantly advanced software development.

Graham's research covers human-computing interaction, programming systems and high performance computing. Her work has led to the development of interactive tools that enhance programmer productivity as well as new implementation methods for programming language that improve software performance.

Her most recent projects include Harmonia, a language-based framework for interactive software development, and Titanium, a Java-based parallel programming language, compiler and runtime system that supports high performance scientific computing on large-scale multiprocessors.

The Kennedy Award was established in 2009 to recognise substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and significant community service and mentoring activities.

All three awards will be presented prior to the keynote address at SC11 on Tuesday 15 November. The three recipients will give presentations to SC11 participants on Wednesday 16 November.

Now in its 24th year, SC11, the international conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, will take place 12-18 November and is expected to bring more than 10,000 professionals from academia, industry and government to Seattle.