Charles Leiserson receives ACM award for high-performance computing

Charles Leiserson receives ACM award for high-performance computing
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This week CSAIL researcher Charles E. Leiserson was announced as the recipient of the 2014 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award, in recognition of his important impact on parallel computing systems.

The Ken Kennedy Award honors individuals with outstanding achievements in programmability or productivity in high-performance computing together with significant community service or mentoring contributions.


A professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Leiserson heads the lab's Supertech Research Group, which investigates technologies that support scalable computing. He coauthored the widely-used textbook Introduction to Algorithms, and has developed multiple courses on algorithms and parallel programming.


His award will be presented at the SC14 Conference awards plenary session in New Orleans on 18 November.


Earlier this spring Leiserson was one of the winners of ACM's Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, alongside his former PhD student Robert D. Blumofe. Leiserson is an ACM Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and a senior member of both IEEE and SIAM.