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Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award

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Luiz Andre Barroso.

ACM and IEEE have named Luiz Andre Barroso of Google to receive the 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award.

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ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Google's Luiz Andre Barroso to receive the 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award for pioneering warehouse-scale computing design and transitioning it to industrial applications.

Barroso is widely credited as the preeminent architect of hyperscale datacenters, whose core element is a holistic approach to system design.

He formulated the concept of designing a datacenter as a single, massive warehouse-scale computer, coupling inexpensive hardware with powerful distributed systems software. This design is appealing for its ability to manage increasing workloads from Internet services and cloud computing, while lowering hardware and operating costs.

Barroso also co-authored an influential paper detailing a new approach for realizing energy efficiency, in which consumption is approximately commensurate to system usage; this led to significant efficiencies when computers were running below peak capacity.

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