LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 April 2014 – Norman P. Jouppi, a Google Distinguished Hardware Engineer known for his innovations in computer memory systems, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Award. Jouppi was recognized “for sustained contributions that have shaped and cumulatively altered the field of computer architecture, with emphasis on high-performance microprocessors.”
The Goode Award was established to recognize achievement in the information-processing field — either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance; or the accumulation of important contributions on theory or practice over an extended period.
Jouppi’s computer-memory innovations include stream prefetch buffers, victim caching, multi-level exclusive caching, and development of the CACTI tool for modeling memory timing, area, and power. He has been the principal architect and lead designer of several microprocessors, contributed to the architecture and design of graphics accelerators, and extensively researched video, audio, and physical telepresence. His innovations in microprocessor design have been adopted in many high-performance microprocessors. His recent research has investigated the impact of emerging technologies such as non-volatile memory and nanophotonics on computer systems.
Jouppi received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1984, and a master of science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1980. While at Stanford he was one of the principal architects and designers of the MIPS microprocessor, and developed techniques for MOS VLSI timing verification.
He joined HP in 2002 through its merger with Compaq, where he was a Staff Fellow at Compaq’s Western Research Laboratory. In 2010, he was named an HP Senior Fellow. From 1984 through 1996 he was a consulting assistant/associate professor in the electrical engineering department at Stanford University, where he taught courses in computer architecture, VLSI, and circuit design.
A member of the Communications of the ACM editorial board, Jouppi holds more than 75 US patents, and has published over 125 technical papers, with several best paper awards and two International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Influential Paper Awards. In 2013, he received the ACM SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
The Goode Award consists of a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium. Learn more about the Goode Award and view the list of recipients.