- IEEE Internet Award
Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman recognized that the Internet of the 1990s had the potential to expand to enable an entirely new type of collaborative work. Their pioneering achievements led to the first global computing grid and spurred the development of scale grid deployments that allowed scientists around the world to make major advances in science and engineering. Their work has made measurable impacts on parallel computing software, cyberinfrastructure deployment, and scientific community building. The widespread deployment of hosted web services and cloud computing would not have been possible if not for the work of Foster and Kesselman who demonstrated that these types of distributed computing environments could be both practical and impactful.
An IEEE Fellow, Foster is a senior scientist and distinguished fellow, and director of the Data Science and Learning Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA; and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.