This is to announce that the award formerly known as the "PODC
Influential-Paper Award" has been renamed the "Edsger W. Dijkstra
Prize in Distributed Computing" after the late Edsger W. Dijkstra, a
pioneer in the area of distributed computing. His foundational work on
concurrency primitives (such as the semaphore), concurrency problems
(such as mutual exclusion and deadlock), reasoning about concurrent
systems, and self-stabilization comprises one of the most important
supports upon which the field of distributed computing is built. No
other individual has had a larger influence on research in principles
of distributed computing.
The renaming was voted at the business meeting at PODC 2002 and was
approved by the ACM Council in March 2003.
More information about the prize can be found at
This year's original call for nominations is reproduced below and
also appears at http://www.podc.org/podc2003/dijkstra.html
- Gil Neiger
Victor Luchangco wrote:
> It's time to submit nominations to the PODC'03 Influential Paper Award.
> Nominations are being solicited for this award, which is given to an
> outstanding paper on the principles of distributed computing, whose
> significance and impact on the theory and/or practice of distributed
> computing has been evident for at least a decade. Papers appearing in
> any conference proceedings or journal are eligible, as long as they
> have had a significant impact on research areas of interest within the
> PODC community, and as long as the year of publication is at least ten
> years prior to the year in which the award is given.
> The committee consists of Yehuda Afek, Michael Merritt, Sergio
> Rajsbaum (chair), and Sam Toueg.
> Please send nominations to Sergio Rajsbaum <[log in to unmask]>
> by 1 May 2003.
> The official page on this award is
> where more details can be found.
> Sergio Rajsbaum
> Past PODC Influential Paper Awards:
> Self-stabilizing systems in spite of distributed control
> E.W. Dijkstra
> Impossibility of Distributed Consensus with One Faulty Process
> Michael Fischer, Nancy Lynch and Michael Paterson
> Time, Clocks, and the Orderering of Events in a Distributed System
> Leslie Lamport