ACM A.M. Turing Award 2017: David Patterson and John Hennessy






ACM A.M. Turing Award 2017: David A. Patterson, University of California, Berkeley and John L. Hennessy, Stanford University The A.M. Turing Award is …

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ACM A.M. Turing Award 2017: David Patterson and John Hennessy

ACM A.M. Turing Award 2017: David A. Patterson, University of California, Berkeley and John L. Hennessy, Stanford University

The A.M. Turing Award is presented to John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry.

Hennessy and Patterson created a systematic and quantitative approach to designing faster, lower power, and reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microprocessors. Their approach led to lasting and repeatable principles that generations of architects have used for many projects in academia and industry. Today, 99% of the more than 16 billion microprocessors produced annually are RISC processors, and are found in nearly all smartphones, tablets, and the billions of embedded devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT).

Hennessy and Patterson codified their insights in a very influential book, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, now in its sixth edition, reaching generations of engineers and scientists
who have adopted and further developed their ideas. Their work underpins our ability to model and analyze the architectures of new processors, greatly accelerating advances in microprocessor
design.

This award celebrates the work of one of the founding fathers of modern computer science – Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954). In a 1936 paper, Turing introduced a precise definition of a computational machine (now called a Turing Machine). He is perhaps best known for his contributions during World War II in cracking the Enigma code. After the war, he worked on early British
computers at the National Physical Laboratory and Manchester University. He later studied problems key to Artificial Intelligence.

Accompanied by a prize of $1,000,000, ACM’s most prestigious award is given to recognize contributions of a technical nature which are of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field. Financial support of the A.M. Turing Award is
provided by Google Inc.