This year, I have the honor and privilege to chair the selection committee for the Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach awards, both of which will be presented at SC09 in Portland, Oregon. These eponymously named awards recognize truly outstanding contributions to high-performance computing, in honor of two early leaders of our field.
Specifically, the Seymour Cray award recognizes individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The list of previous winners is a who's who of high-performance computer architecture, with Steve Wallach being the most recent winner.
In turn, the Sidney Fernbach award is given to an individual for outstanding contribution in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches. The 2008 winner was Bill Gropp, the latest in a series of distinguished awardees recognized for algorithms and applications.
The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2009. I encourage you to think about our colleagues who have made major contributions to high-performance computing and submit nominations. You can access the IEEE awards nomination page here.
I also encourage you to nominate worthy individuals for the inaugural Ken Kennedy award, which recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring contributions. Many of us worked to ensure the creation of this award, in honor of our late friend.