Move over Sergey Brin and Larry Page, at least for the moment. Another pair of Google developers, Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat (shown below, left to right), have grabbed the spotlight this week as recipients of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for their work on Google's software infrastructure and its influence on cloud computing.
According to the citation that goes with the $175,000 annual award that recognizes innovations by young scientists and system developers: "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." (If you want to dig into the MapReduce paper written by the developers, have at it here: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1327452.1327492)
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Both Dean and Ghemawat were at Digital Equipment Corp., businesses before joining Google.
The awards will be formally presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's June 15 banquet in San Francisco. Infosys Foundation is a philanthropic arm of Infosys, the big consulting/outsourcing company.