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Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award For Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing

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David Patterson

David Patterson, the Pardee Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and a former president of ACM, has been named 2016 recipient of the Richard Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science,

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The Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing is awarded yearly to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, commitment and contributions to diversifying computing.

2016 Richard Tapia Achievement Award Recipient

David Patterson grew up in Southern California body-surfing and listening to the Beach Boys, who were a local band. He was the first of his family to graduate from college, earning three degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) before joining the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in 1976. Thus, his whole world since he was a teenager has been large public universities.

Patterson’s most successful projects have likely been Reduced Instruction Set Computers, Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks, and Network of Workstations. All three projects helped lead to multibillion-dollar industries. This research led to many papers and six books, with the best-known book being "Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach," co-authored by John Hennessy, and the most-recent book being "Engineering Software as a Service," co-authored by Armando Fox. His current research is open source computer architecture (RISC-V) and hardware for computer security.

Patterson has served as director of the Parallel Computing Lab, director of the Reliable And Distributed Systems Lab, chair of UC Berkeley’s Computer Science Division, chair of the Computing Research Association, and president of ACM. He was general chair of Tapia 2011, serves on its steering committee, and supports large UC Berkeley contingents that attend the conferences.


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