Visiting Professor Ron Perrott received prestigious ACM award

Visiting Professor Ron Perrott received prestigious ACM award

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, announced in May that Ron Perrott, an international leader in the development and promotion of parallel computing, would receive their prestigious Distinguished Service Award.

With nearly 100,000 members, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest and most prominent computing society. The goal of ACM's Awards and Recognition Program is to highlight outstanding technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and IT. Perrott was formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on 11 June in San Francisco.

The ACM reports that, "Perrott was selected by his peers for providing vision and leadership in high performance computing and e-science, championing new initiatives and advocating collaboration among interested groups at both national and international levels. Perrott has been an effective advocate for high performance and grid computing in Europe since the 1970s, working tirelessly and successfully with academic, governmental, and industrial groups to convince them of the importance of developing shared resources for high-performance computing at both national and regional levels. He has striven to increase awareness of the benefits which broadening the scope of computational science and data science could bring, by playing an instrumental role in the development of e-science initiatives. In addition to his activities within the British and European computing communities, he has given significant service to the broader international community, including the development of programs to stimulate and increase international participation in major computing conferences, and serving as chair of the ACM Fellows Committee.

Perrott's efforts to advance parallel processing include being chair of the UK's High Performance Computing Strategy Committee and a founding member of both Euro-Par, the premiere European conference on parallel computing, and the ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC). Perrott has been consistently at the forefront of the promotion of high performance computing since he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center in the 1970s on what is regarded as the world's first high performance computer, the ILLIAC IV.

Perrott chaired a European Union Working Group on grid computing and was an initiator of the EU Network of Excellence in grid computing, which involved over 40 institutions. Perrott was also a founding member of the UK Computing Research Committee and has contributed to strategic IT developments in over 12 countries worldwide."

Ron Perrott is a visiting professor at the Oxford e-Research Centre, where his current research interests are based on parallel and distributed computing and cloud/grid computing, and a former director of the Belfast e-Science Centre. He has been named a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and the British Computing Society.


ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing 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.