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ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications

Michael Franz.

Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine has been named to receive the ACM Charles P. Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award.

Credit: Markus Hrster/TU Braunschweig

ACM has named Michael Franz at the University of California, Irvine, recipient of the Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award, for developing just-in-time (JIT) dynamic compilation methods that facilitate rapid, feature-rich Web services online.

Franz invented a new compilation technique on which he based a JIT compiler for JavaScript, then worked with Mozilla to incorporate it into the Firefox browser.

Franz later devised "trace tree" program-loop optimization and a compiler that operated in various settings, upgrading the JIT compiler's performance on JavaScript five- to 10-fold.

ACM President Gabriele Kotsis said, "Franz displayed foresight in working with Mozilla to implement his ideas on their browser and in making his technology open source so that it could be continually refined and adapted by developers worldwide."

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