ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Ian Foster, a professor at the University of Chicago and Division Director at Argonne National Laboratory, as the recipient of the 2022 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award.
The Ken Kennedy Award recognizes pathbreaking achievements in parallel (high-performance) computing. Foster was cited for contributions to programming and productivity in computing via the establishment of new programming models and foundational science services.
Foster has pioneered new approaches to the use of distributed computing for accelerating scientific discovery throughout his career, both within supercomputers and over networks. He has repeatedly proposed out-of-the-box ideas that proved transformative for computer science and computational science: large-scale task-parallel programming, on-demand distributed computations ("grid computing"), virtual organizations, universal data transfer, trust fabrics, and cloud management services for data-intensive science. Each has contributed to programmability and productivity in computing.
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