Lieven Eeckhout wins the 2017 Maurice Wilkes Award

(11-08-2017) Recognizing his outstanding contributions to computer architecture performance analysis and modeling

Lieven Eeckhout, Professor at Ghent University, Department of Electronics and Information Systems, was presented the Maurice Wilkes Award at the 44th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) in Toronto, Canada.  This Award is granted annually by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (ACM SIGARCH), for outstanding contributions to computer architecture, made by individuals in the first 20 years of their careers.   It is the first time since the inauguration of this award, 20 years ago, that a researcher from a European institution has the honor of receiving this award.

Computer architecture defines how computer hardware and software interact with each other. To this end, it is important to design and build simulators, benchmarks, and analysis tools correctly, and measure and analyze performance results rigorously, otherwise experimental research and development may lead to incorrect and misleading conclusions and ineffective optimizations. The work of Prof. Eeckhout has been of great value to computer architecture performance analysis and modeling, having set the standard for the field, changing best practices in academia and industry, improving accuracy and efficiency of architecture and system exploration.

Lieven Eeckhout obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Ghent University in 2002. He received two IEEE Micro Top Picks Awards. He was also awarded prestigious research grants, including a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, two Proof-of-Concept Grants and one Advanced Grant.

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