SC2002 Gordon Bell Awards
The Gordon Bell
1. 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.
Depending 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.
Advice to Submitters
For 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 being
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GORDON BELL AWARDS