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

Dean and Ghemawat Created Software Systems that Enable Cloud Computing

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

Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat

Award Citation
For their leadership in the science and engineering of Internet-scale distributed systems.

Longer Citation
Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which has transformed the practice and understanding of Internet-scale computing. Their efforts, along with those of their collaborators, created the first software designs for systems that harness the power of tens of thousands of computers. Their designs for systems such as MapReduce and BigTable are remarkable for scalability, the grace with which they tolerate faults, and the ease with which they support the construction of many new distributed services. We are in a new age of Internet-scale computing thanks in significant measure to the engineering innovations of Dean and Ghemawat.

Jeff Dean
Jeff Dean is a Google Fellow in the Systems Infrastructure Group.  Before joining Google, he was at Digital Equipment Corporation's Western Research Laboratories.  In 1990 and 1991, Dean worked for the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS, developing software for statistical modeling, forecasting, and analysis of the HIV pandemic. A Fellow of ACM, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Economics, he received MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Sanjay Ghemawat
Sanjay Ghemawat is a Google Fellow in the Systems Infrastructure Group. A former researcher at Digital Equipment Corporation's System Research Center, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.  He earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ACM will present the ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences at its annual Awards Banquet on June 15 in San Francisco, CA.

Read ACM's Press Release on the 2012 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award recipients.

About the Infosys Foundation
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Infosys and has the sole objective of fulfilling the social responsibility of the company by creating opportunities and working toward a more equitable society. The Infosys Foundation has made effective strides in the areas of healthcare, education, social rehabilitation, and the arts. The company contributes up to one percent of its profit to the foundation each year.

About Infosys
Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth. That's why Forbes ranked Infosys #19 among the top 100 most innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize their goals. Visit infosys.com and see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with its 150,000+ people, is Building Tomorrow's Enterprise® today.

About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.