SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Award
Vijay Chidambaram (Winner),
Advisor: Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Orderless and Eventually Durable File Systems"
Charles M. Curtsinger (Honorable Mention),
Advisor: Emery D. Berger, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"Performance Analysis and Debugging"
Cristiano Giuffrida (Winner),
Advisor: Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Vrije University, Netherlands
"Safe and Automatic Live Update"
Nadav Amit (Honorable Mention),
Advisors: Assaf Schuster and Dan Tsafrir, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
"Alleviating Virtualization Bottlenecks"
Austin T. Clements (Winner),
Advisor: M. Frans Kaashoek,
Nickolai Zeldovich, MIT
"The Scalable Commutativity Rule: Designing Scalable Software for Multicore Processors"
John Criswell (Honorable Mention),
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems"
Mona Attariyan (Winner),
Advisor: Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
"Improving Software Configuration Troubleshooting
with Causality Analysis"
Roxana Geambasu (Honorable Mention),
Steven D. Gribble,
Henry M. Levy,
University of Washington
"Empowering Users with Control over Cloud and Mobile Data"
Call for Nominations
The Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award was created in 2013
by ACM SIGOPS to recognize research in software systems and to
encourage the creativity that Dennis Ritchie embodied, providing a
reminder of Ritchie's legacy and what a difference one person can make
in the field of software systems research. This is an annual award
presented in alternating years at SOSP and OSDI.
Each year, a department is allowed to nominate one Ph.D. thesis
produced in that department. The nomination must be made by the chair
of the department and must be accompanied by three supporting letters
from researchers in the field, clearly specifying the contributions of
the thesis and the potential impact on software systems. (If the
department chair is the thesis advisor of the nominee, then another
senior faculty member in the department must make the nomination.) The
thesis must have been defended successfully at most two years before
the conference at which the award will be presented. An
English-language version of the thesis must accompany the
nomination. The Award Committee will determine if the thesis is within
scope for the award. The thesis may be nominated simultaneously for
other awards, such as the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
The SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $2,000.
Each nomination packet should be emailed by the department chair by
email to the chair of the award committee, Robbert van Renesse
(dmr-award [at] acm.org). In
the subject title of the email, please write "SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie
Doctoral Dissertation submission for (nominee name)". Submissions
should be sent bundled in one zipped file.
A nomination packet MUST include:
- Nomination letter by the department chair or senior faculty member. This letter must include a one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation.
- Three or more endorsement letters from researchers in the field, at least two of which must come from institutions other than the nominating one.
- A copy of the thesis.
- Information on when and where the thesis was defended.