This award recognizes "lifetime" achievement in and contributions to the field of data communications. It is awarded annually to a person whose work, over the course of his or her career, represents a significant contribution to the field and a substantial influence on the work and perceptions of others in the field. The 1995 SIGCOMM Award is presented to David J. Farber, University of Pennsylvania. "For vision and breadth of contributions to, and inspiration of others in, computer networks, distributed computing, and network infrstructure development." David Farber was a poineer in token ring networks and distributed computing with the Distributed Computing System at the University of California, Irvine in the early 1970s. DCS incorporated a local area network with a distributed operating system, employing concepts such as message passing, inter-process communication, process migration, bidding protocols, and load balancing. His book on distributed office systems, published in the late 1970s, anticipated capabilities that are just coming into common use today. In the 1980s, while at the University of Delaware, Professor Farber contributed to the development of the Computer Science Network (CSNET). He conceived and developed MMDF, a mail relaying system that formed the basis of Phonenet, the electronic mail relaying component of CSNET. Phonenet was critical to the success of CSNET because it enabled small schools to join at a cost-level they could afford. In addition, Dave had an impact on the political and economic aspects of CSNET as a member of the CSNET Management Committee. In recent years, at the Universy of Pennsylvania, Dave's research has concentrated on ultra high speed networking and the implications of that on processor interconnet, protocols and software. He contributed to defining the gigabit network testbed initiative as a reseach program funded jointly by govenrment and industry with participation by researchers from universities, industry and government. He has led several joint research projects with industrial research laboratories and serves as chair of the Gigabit Testbed Coordinating Committee. Furthermore, Dave has an outstanding record of developing people in the networking research community. Several of Dave's students have had a major impact on the field. Dave has serves as an advisor to government research and education communities through his membership on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. In adition, he has taken a leading role in studying ethical and societal imparcts of computer and networking technologies through vehicles such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In summary, David Farber has demonstrated an ability to recoginze key ideas five or ten years before their time and them stimulate the work needed to make these ideas a reality. This award recoginzes the impact of Dave's contributions as a research leader and in inspiring others to the field of data communcations.
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