March 15, 2010: 2009 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award Recipient Announced
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Today's Topic: 2009 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award Recipient Announced
March 15, 2010
ACM has named Eric Brewer the recipient of the 2009 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for his contributions to the design and development of highly scalable information technology services. Brewer laid the foundation for the giant data centers that make possible search, email, social networks, mapping, and other Internet services, and also enable cloud computing. Brewer, 43, also proposed the CAP Theorem (the inherent incompatibility of Consistency, Availability, and Partition tolerance, the core requirements for applications in distributed environments), an indispensable concept for practitioners who build and operate systems that serve hundreds of millions of customers cost-effectively and efficiently. He has directed his recent efforts to deliver information systems that benefit tens of thousands of people in developing regions with sustainable local resources
The ACM - Infosys Foundation Award recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers whose innovative work exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $150,000, provided by an endowment from the Infosys Foundation.