|ACM Breakthrough Award For JIT Compilation|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Monday, 03 May 2021|
The ACM has announced that Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine is the recipient of the 2020 Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award in recognition of his development of just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich web services on the internet.
As we reported when it the Chuck Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award announced in August 2018, it carries a prize of $100,000 and is financially supported by Microsoft. Awarded biennially it is for:
surprising, disruptive or leapfrog contributions in computing ideas or technologies.
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft’s Chief Scientific Officer is quoted in the announcement:
“Microsoft is proud to fund the Breakthrough in Computing Award, named after Chuck Thacker, one of the computing field’s true visionaries. Chuck had a magical ability to transform over-the-horizon computing dreams into world-changing realities. Michael Franz’s work on just-in-time compilation is a great choice for the Breakthrough in Computing honor. His work has been transformative, enabling today’s rich web experiences by allowing websites to execute sophisticated, interactive programs nearly instantaneously. Michael Franz’s insights, and his successful application of those insights, have had tremendous real-world impact.”
ACM President Gabriele Kotsis commented:
“We all use web-based applications every day and they are now so prevalent that we often forget how revolutionary they were when they were first introduced.
Michael Franz’s work certainly fits the Thacker Award’s criteria for ‘leapfrog contributions to computing ideas and technologies.’ 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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|Last Updated ( Monday, 03 May 2021 )|