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image: To highlight and encourage more research focused on modeling the devastating impact of climate change, the ACM, the Association for Computing Machines, has established the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for climate modeling. The new award aims to recognize the innovative contributions of parallel computing to solving the global climate crisis.
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To highlight and encourage more research focused on modeling the devastating impact of climate change, ACM, the Association for Computing Machines, has established the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling. The new award aims to recognize the innovative contributions of parallel computing to solving the global climate crisis. Climate scientists and software engineers will be evaluated for the award based on performance and innovation in their computational methods. The nominated projects are expected to demonstrably improve climate modeling and improve understanding of the Earth’s climate system. Applications can be submitted online here. The deadline to apply for the inaugural award is April 15, 2023.

A cash prize in the amount of $10,000 will accompany the award, which was conceived and funded by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance computing and research emeritus at Microsoft Research. The prize will be awarded annually for the next ten years.

“With more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than at any time in human history, sea levels rising faster than ever, and extreme weather events destroying everything in their path, there’s no denying we’re in for a climate crisis. ”, explained Gordon. Bell. “Climate models cannot reverse this trend. But it gives us the best possible blueprint for understanding where we are and where we’re going. Our hope in establishing this award is to build on this emerging discipline, attract world-class researchers into this field, and raise public awareness of the essential work climate modelers are doing. Armed with the deepest possible understanding of the issue, leaders from all sectors of society will then have invaluable tools as they develop concrete plans to combat climate change.”

“Because climate modeling requires the simulation of a staggering number of variables and scenarios, recent research in this area has relied on increasingly powerful supercomputers,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis. “As the world’s largest association of information technology professionals, the ACM is the perfect organization to recognize achievements in our field that address critical societal issues. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modeling reflects our vision statement: “We see a world where information technology helps solve tomorrow’s problems.” We thank Gordon Bell for devising and funding this new award and look forward to celebrating the winners.”

Recipients of the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modeling will see their research published in The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (IJHPCA).

Individuals or teams can claim the prize. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following considerations:

  • Evidence of important algorithmic and/or implementation innovations
  • A clear improvement over the previous state of the art
  • Such performance does not depend on a specialized or non-replicable architecture
  • That detailed performance metrics demonstrate the deployment’s claims for scalability (strong and weak scalability), time to resolution, and efficiency in using bottleneck resources (such as memory size or bandwidth, bandwidth, I/O, etc.), as well as maximum performance
  • The result is generalizable in the sense that other scientists can learn and benefit from the innovations

Those seeking further information are encouraged to visit the application webpage for further information.

About the ACM
ACM, the Association for Computer Machines, is the world’s largest educational and scientific information society, uniting information technology educators, researchers and practitioners to inspire dialogue, share resources and address industry challenges. ACM strengthens the collective voice of the IT profession through strong leadership, the promotion of the highest standards and the recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development and professional networking.

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