Gordon Bell Awards
The Gordon Bell Prizes
The Gordon Bell Prizes are awarded each year at the
annual SC conference to recognize outstanding achievement
in high performance computing. The $5,000 prize is
donated by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in computer architecture,
parallel processing, and high performance computing.
The goal of the award is to stimulate future advances
of parallel computing applications by identifying
major accomplishments and tracking progress over time.
Prizes are awarded in three categories:
Special Accomplishment: The prize in the special accomplishment
category may be given to the entry that utilizes innovative
techniques to demonstrate the most dramatic gain in
sustained performance for an important class of real-world
application. Such techniques may include advances
in mathematical algorithms, data structures, or hardware
or software implementations. The measured performance
need not surpass or meet the level attained for the
entry that wins the Peak Performance prize but rather
represent the most important achievement in high performance
computing considered by the Bell Prize Committee.
2. Peak Performance: The prize in the peak performance
category is given to the entry demonstrating the highest
performance achieved in terms of operations per second
on a real-world application program. Recent winners
have demonstrated performance in the range of a teraflops.
3. Price/Performance: The prize in the price/performance
category is given to the entry demonstrating the best
cost to performance ratio as measured in megaflops
per dollar on a real-world application.
on the entries received, in some years no prize will
be awarded in a given category. A listing of previous
Gordon Bell Awards is available here.
Entries in competition for the Gordon Bell Prize should
be submitted as regular papers to SC2002. Such a paper
must be specifically identified as a Gordon Bell Prize
entry and must specify which single prize category
it is to be considered for. Finalists will be selected
by the five-person Bell Prize Committee and notified
at the same time that paper acceptances are announced.
Finalists will then have an opportunity to improve
their results and resubmitted them at the same time
as technical papers. The winners of the 2002 Gordon
Bell Awards will be selected by the Bell Prize Committee
based on these submitted revised results. Winners
will be announced at SC2002.
Those intending to enter the Gordon Bell Prize competition
should familiarize themselves with the high standards
set by previous winners, which reflect some of the
best work being done in high performance computing
by the world community. A summary is given below.
One can find additional details on previous winning
submissions by consulting papers published on earlier
competitions. (e.g. Alan H. Karp, Ewing Lusk, David
H. Bailey, 1997 Gordon Bell Prize Winners,
IEEE Computer, vol. 31, no. 1, January, 1998, pp.
86-92) included in the Proceedings of the SC98 through
SC01 Conferences. Critical to the success of any submission
for all categories is a detailed and precise explanation
describing how performance was measured, and, in the
case of the price-performance category, how costs
were estimated. In this latter case, it is important
that there be no hidden costs not accounted for. For
all three categories, it is important that the computation
represent a genuine real-world application, one used
to perform real end user work, not simply a demonstration
or benchmark code. Further, these applications must
reflect significant challenges to effective high end
example, embarrassingly parallel calculations requiring
little or no global data communications have generally
not been selected as finalists in previous years.
Also important is that the algorithms be efficient,
that is, there be minimal redundant computations and
that the number of operations required to perform
a given computation be near minimum. Therefore, for
all entries, the algorithm must be described in sufficient
detail such that the committee can accurately assess
the nature of the computational work being performed.
Professional practices for citing performance must
be observed see for example the essay Twelve
Ways to Fool the Masses. For the Special Accomplishments
category, where dramatic performance gain is sought
for a specific application class, it is imperative
that the base-level performance of the conventional
problem to which the new results are being compared
be sufficiently documented and references sited so
that the committee may fairly assess the achievement
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California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion