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CRD’s Scott Beamer Wins SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award

April 24, 2017

Scott Beamer

Scott Beamer

Scott Beamer, a post-doc in the Computational Research Division’s Computer Architecture Group, is to receive the 2016 SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award  at the 8th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering being held April 22-27 in L’Aquila, Italy.

Beamer, who earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, was recognized for his dissertation on “Understanding and Improving Graph Algorithm Performance,” written under the supervision of Profs. Krste Asanovic and David Patterson.

“The selection committee appreciates the characterization and treatment of fundamental performance bottlenecks in graph processing and the contribution of the Graph Algorithm Platform (GAP) benchmark suite,” according to the award announcement. “The results of this dissertation are already in use and are likely to continue to produce contributions to the area of graph processing in the future.”

The SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award is an annual award that aims to recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and presentation. Beamer’s dissertation was judged the best of 13 submitted from graduate students in North America and Europe.

SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance and energy efficiency for the newest generation of computing systems.