Jack Dongarra Honored with 2021 ACM Turing Award


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced on March 30 that the 2021 ACM Turing Prize, widely hailed as the "Nobel Prize in Computing", was awarded to Jack Dongarra, originator of the global Top 500 Supercomputer List, member of the National Academy of Engineering, and distinguished professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. Jack Dongarra is an ASC expert who is highly respected and favored by ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge participants and their mentors. He has been serving as the chair of the ASC Expert Committee for many years and has been present at the ASC competitions multiple times to exchange ideas with and offer guidance to the students and their mentors.




Jack Dongarra has long been a household name in the high-performance computing (HPC) field. Jeff Dean praised him highly by saying "Jack Dongarra's work has fundamentally changed and advanced scientific computing."


Prof. Jack Dongarra has made pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries, which enabled high performance computational software to keep pace with exponential hardware improvements for over four decades and promoted the rapid development of HPC. His achievements have produced a significant and far-reaching influence in multiple computing science fields such as AI and computer graphics. Moreover, his software has been regarded as the supercomputer performance evaluation benchmark, which is how the Top 500 Supercomputer List came into being.


Jack Dongarra has been highly concerned about the growth of young talent and has always encouraged and helped them to grow. As the chair of the ASC Expert Committee, Dongarra was present at the ASC finals in China almost every year, despite the long journey across the Pacific Ocean, to exchange ideas with ASC participants and their mentors.


It was truly a thrilling experience for these students to have an opportunity to communicate face-to-face with the veteran industry leader.



Photo: ASC16 champion Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Dongarra



Photo: Dongarra and the teams at the ASC19 finals


The year 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge. As the chair of the ASC Expert Committee, Prof. Jack Dongarra has provided considerable support for ASC events over the last decade and inspired many talented youth in the supercomputer and AI fields.


At the ASC22 kick-off ceremony, Prof. Jack Dongarra extended his best wishes to the participants: "The ASC competitions aim to cultivate next-generation young talent and engage them in the exploration, innovation, and cooperation in supercomputer and AI fields. Participants will better understand how to work as a team and support each other to become next-generation computing scientists."


The ASC22 finals will be held at the University of Science and Technology of China from May 7–11, 2022, where 20 teams from the Chinese mainland will compete on site, and another 4 teams will get involved online through Amazon Web Services to vie for the Champion, Silver Prize, e Prize, and the Highest LINPACK among others.


The ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge is an event sponsored and organized by the Asia Supercomputer Community in China with the support of Asian, European and American experts and institutions. It aims to encourage the experience sharing between young supercomputing talents from different countries and regions, cultivate more professionals in this field, boost supercomputing application level and R&D capability, drive the development of supercomputing, and promote technological and industrial innovation. As the world's largest student supercomputer competition, the ASC Supercomputer Challenge was first held in 2012 and has since attracted more than 10,000 university and college students from all over the world.


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