ACM, Infosys Foundation Honor Google Developers for Innovations that Boost Online Search Capabilities

March 12, 2013

ACM and the Infosys Foundation have named Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat the recipients of the 2012 ACM–Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. Both are Google Fellows in the Systems Infrastructure Group. They led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which underlies the company's web search and indexing, as well as numerous applications across the industry. This technology has been emulated by virtually every major Internet company in the world. Dean and Ghemawat's research describing the scalable infrastructure they created was pivotal to the burgeoning field of cloud computing, which delivers resources over the Internet.

The ACM–Infosys Foundation Award recognizes the finest recent innovations by young scientists and system developers to the computing field. An endowment from the Infosys Foundation provides financial support for the $175,000 annual award. ACM will present the ACM–Infosys Foundation Award at its annual awards banquet on June 15 in San Francisco.

ACM President Vint Cerf said the contributions of Dean and Ghemawat have changed computer science in the 21st century. "They provided the technological underpinnings of an indispensable information retrieval resource. As a result, tens of millions of engineers, scientists, and scholars as well as ordinary consumers rely on these distributed software systems, which harness the power of tens of thousands of computers."

S.D. Shibulal, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys, said: "The engineering innovations of Dean and Ghemawat have led to technological advances in cloud computing and smarter analysis of data points, both areas that are critical in today's fast-paced information age. These achievements continue to have a profound impact on business and society alike. Today companies around the world use their innovations to create new models for growth, provide superior customer experience, and drive real-time decisions. Dean and Ghemawat are outstanding examples of young innovators whose accomplishments can change the world."

Read more in the ACM press release.