Vivek Sarkar, the E.D. Butcher Chair in Engineering at Rice University, and professor of computer science, is a co-recipient of the 2012 ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award for his contributions to the Jikes Research Virtual Machine.
SIGPLAN is a Special Interest Group within the Association for Computing Machinery that focuses on programming languages. The award honors researchers who develop software that makes “a significant impact on programming language research, implementations, and tools.”
The Jikes Research Virtual Machine (RVM) is a high-performance, open-source virtual machine for the Java programming language that is itself written in Java. More than 200 papers and 40 dissertations, 25 courses and research at almost 100 universities are based on the Jikes RVM.
The work started as the Jalapeño project at IBM Research in November 1997. From 1998 to 2000, Sarkar managed the Dynamic Optimization group in Jalapeño. After becoming senior manager of programming technologies at IBM Research in 2000, Sarkar led the team that evolved Jalapeno into the Jikes RVM in 2001.
Sarkar joined the Rice faculty in 2007, and is associate director of the Center for Domain-Specific Computing. He became a Fellow of the ACM in 2008 and a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee in 2009. Sarkar leads the Habanero Multicore Software Research project at Rice.
For additional information, see the initial announcement "Sarkar Receives 2012 ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award".
June 28, 2012