As reported by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT, principal investigator Charles E. Leiserson is the recipient of the ACM/IEEE Computer Society 2014 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 year Leiserson was one of the winners of ACM's Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, alongside his former PhD student Robert D. Blumofe, as well as being the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's 2014 Taylor L. Booth Award for his contributions to computer science education. Leiserson is an ACM Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and a senior member of both IEEE and SIAM.