SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Award
Austin T. Clements (Winner),
Advisor: M. Frans Kaashoek,
Nickolai Zeldovich, MIT
"The Scalable Commutativity Rule: Designing Scalable Software for Multicore Processors"
John Criswell (Honorable Mention),
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems"
Mona Attariyan (Winner),
Advisor: Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
"Improving Software Configuration Troubleshooting
with Causality Analysis"
Roxana Geambasu (Honorable Mention),
Steven D. Gribble,
Henry M. Levy,
University of Washington
"Empowering Users with Control over Cloud and Mobile Data"
Call for Nominations
Deadline: July 1st, 2014
The Dennis M. Ritchie
Doctoral Dissertation Award was created in 2013 by ACM SIGOPS
to recognize research in software systems
and to encourage the creativity that Dennis Ritchie embodied,
providing a reminder of Ritchie's legacy and what a difference one
person can make in the field of software systems research. The first
award was presented at the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems
Principles, 2013. This will be an annual award presented in alternating
years at SOSP and OSDI.
Each year, a department is allowed to nominate one Ph.D. thesis
produced in that department. The nomination must be made by the chair
of the department and must be accompanied by three supporting letters
from researchers in the field, clearly specifying the contributions of
the thesis and the potential impact on software systems. (If the
department chair is the thesis advisor of the nominee, then another
senior faculty member in the department must make the nomination.)
The thesis must have been defended successfully at most two years
before the conference at which the award will be presented. An
English-language version of the thesis must accompany the nomination.
The Award Committee will determine if the thesis is within scope for
the award. The thesis may be nominated simultaneously for other
awards, such as the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
The SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award is
accompanied by a prize of $2,000. Financial sponsorship of the award
is provided by SIGOPS, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T Labs
Each nomination packet should be emailed by the department chair by
email to the chair of the award committee, Robbert van Renesse
(dmr-award [at] acm.org). In
the subject title of the email, please write "SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie
Doctoral Dissertation submission for (nominee name)". Submissions
should be sent bundled in one zipped file.
A nomination packet MUST include:
- Nomination letter by the department chair or senior faculty
member. This letter must include a one-page summary of the
significance of the dissertation.
- Three or more endorsement letters from researchers in the field,
at least three of which must come from universities or colleges
other than the nominating one.
- A copy of the thesis.
- Information on when and where the thesis was defended.