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ACM Honors Ron Perrott With Distinguished Service Award

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Oxford e-Research Center visiting professor and ACM Fellow Ron Perrott.

Oxford e-Research Center visiting professor and ACM Fellow Ron Perrott has been chosen to receive this year's ACM Distinguished Service Award.

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ACM on Wednesday announced Oxford e-Research Center visiting professor and ACM Fellow Ron Perrott was awarded the ACM Distinguished Service Award for "providing vision and leadership in high-performance computing and e-science, championing new initiatives, and advocating collaboration among interested groups at both national and international levels."

Perrott's efforts to further parallel processing include chairing Britain's High Performance Computing Strategy Committee and co-founding both Euro-Par, the premiere European conference on parallel computing, and the ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC).

"Perrott has been consistently at the forefront of the promotion of high-performance computing since he worked at the [U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's] Ames Research Center in the 1970s on the ILLIAC IV," ACM notes.

Perrott recalls working on the machine's languages and compilers for 18 months, and ILLIAC IV's design boasted fairly high parallelism with up to 256 processors to enable the system to work on large datasets in what would later be called vector processing.

ACM lauds Perrott as an "effective advocate for high-performance and grid computing in Europe since the 1970s, working tirelessly and successfully with academic, governmental, and industrial groups to convince them of the importance of developing shared resources for high-performance computing at both national and regional levels."

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