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ACM, IEEE-CS Honor Leader Of Computer Architecture Research Center


Virginia Gold

The Association for Computing Machinery


New York, June 20, 2007
- The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) jointly presented the Eckert-Mauchly Award to Mateo Valero for his leadership in building a world class computer architecture research center and his research in computer architecture. Professor Valero, who teaches at the Technical University of Catalonia in Spain, is director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which opened in April 2005. He received the 2007 Eckert-Mauchly Award, known as the most prestigious award in the computer architecture community, at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture on June 12, in San Diego, CA. The Eckert-Mauchly Award comes with a $5,000 prize.

Professor Valero's research in computer architecture has emphasized high performance computers. The Eckert-Mauchly Award Committee also cited him for his work in this field, including "seminal contributions to vector computing and multithreading, and for pioneering new approaches to instruction-level parallelism." Vector computing is designed to efficiently handle arithmetic operations on elements of arrays, called vectors. Multithreading refers to the ability to execute different parts of a program, called threads, simultaneously. Instruction-level parallelism is a measure of how many of the operations in a computer program can be performed simultaneously.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center serves the international scientific community with high performance computing resources. With its multidisciplinary research team and one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, the BSC allows scientists worldwide to cooperate on cutting-edge research projects.

From 1990 to 1995, Professor Valero created and directed the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA). He was director of the Catalan Center for Computation and Communications until 2000, and Director of the CEPBA-IBM Research Institute, created to conduct research on parallel computers until 2004.

Professor Valero's has co-authored more than 400 publications, and has been involved in the organization of over 180 international conferences. He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the IEEE Micro Journal, and the Journal of Parallel Programming Languages.

In 1994, Professor Valero became a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. In 2006, he was elected to the Royal Academy Science and Arts of Barcelona. He received a Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Technical University of Madrid, and a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Technical University of Catalonia.

ACM and IEEE CS co-sponsor the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which was initiated in 1989, and is given for contributions to computer and digital systems architecture. It was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the first large scale electronic computing machine, known as ENIAC - the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, completed in 1947.

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ACM/Press Release. Last updated June 20, 2007 by Steven Geringer