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Together with Jeffrey A Dean, for their leadership in the science and engineering of Internet-scale distributed systems.


Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which has transformed the practice and understanding of Internet-scale computing. Their efforts, along with those of their collaborators, created the first software designs for systems that harness the power of tens of thousands of computers. Their designs for systems such as MapReduce and BigTable are remarkable for scalability, the grace with which they tolerate faults, and the ease with which they support the construction of many new distributed services. We are in a new age of Internet-scale computing thanks in significant measure to the engineering innovations of Dean and Ghemawat.

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2012 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award Recipients Dean, Ghemawat Honored For Innovations That Boost Online Search Capabilities

Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat led the conception, design, and implementation of much of Google's revolutionary software infrastructure, which has transformed the practice and understanding of Internet-scale computing. 

BACKGROUND

Sanjay Ghemawat is a Google Fellow in the Systems Infrastructure Group. A former researcher at Digital Equipment Corporation's System Research Center, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. He earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.